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G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009) Poster

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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When the warheads are stolen at the G.I. Joe headquarters, Duke grabs an AA-12 shotgun, a fully automatic 12-gauge shotgun. When he shoots it, it sounds like an M16.
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In the underwater chase, the camera eventually cuts to a shot of Duke from behind as he pilots the craft, and he says "I'm not lettin' those two get away." You can see Duke's reflection in the glass, and his lips are not moving.
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Young Storm Shadow knocks young Snake Eyes on his back as they fight in the kitchen. When Snake Eyes flips up to his feet, a grown man's grunt comes from the boy's mouth.
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While Rex Lewis was uploading the data on the nanomites on the computer inside the bunker, the keyboard he is using is a portable silicone gel model while the sound it makes is of a plastic keyboard.
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In the underwater battle, when one of the SHARCs is hit by a missile, the pilot is flung out screaming. An underwater scream sounds very different from a scream on the surface.
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Character error 

While cleaning up "The Pit", just before Snake Eyes' 20-year flashback, one Joe sweeps trash into the shovel of a second Joe, who immediately dumps it on the ground.
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The President's "American" accent slips back to Jonathan Pryce's native English accent several times.
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Breaker immediately says he was "acting" for McCullen after the nanomites eat the neoviper in Paris, but he couldn't possibly know they weren't still watching through the button camera, so he would have given away that it was an act.
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Early on, Destro says that "You've tossed the caber out of the park!" Caber tossing is judged on skill and precision, not distance. Tossing a caber out the park would likely result in a very poor score.
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Continuity 

The Joes are 2 km from the Eiffel Tower when they report the area is being evacuated. When they finally arrive at the tower, the area beneath the tower is crowded.
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Ripcord gets hit by a fast-moving car as he falls out of the van in his suit. But when we see the direction from which the car was moving, there is no road, only a hedge.
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When young Snake-Eyes comes into the kitchen it is pouring rain outside. When the quick fight stops, his clothes are completely dry; only his hair is wet.
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When Storm Shadow boards the plane in Paris, he is wearing all-white civilian-style clothes. While in the plane headed to the Cobra base, he wears his white ninja outfit, complete with swords. When he lands, he leaves the plane in his civilian clothes.
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When Storm Shadow and Snake Eyes battle for the first time as kids, Storm Shadow hits Snake Eyes with a frying pan. As Snake Eyes supposedly gets hit, he does a back flip and lands face down, head towards camera. When you see him get up, he is on his back with his head away from the camera.
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When Duke and Ripcord are chasing the Hummer, in several shots the Gatling Gun is shown mounted on their right arms, but when they fire the Gatling gun at the Hummer, Duke fires from his left hand.
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"Heavy Duty" wears an earring in his left ear. When he is first shown piloting one of the "Shark" mini-subs, the earring is in his right ear.
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When Duke chases the Baroness in the woods, the box switches between her left and right hands during the scene.
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After Storm Shadow and the Baroness' Hummer crashes, blood flows from the top of her head. When the Baroness gets into the elevator, there is no blood on her face. Blood reappears on her cheek as she goes up in the elevator, and flows down her head again at the top of the building.
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In the submarine, when Scarlett noted the advantages of a military base under the polar icecap, the shot switches between closeup on her to showing the rest of the team. In the closeup, her shoulder is behind the gold pole. In wider views, her shoulder is completely on one side of the pole as she leans on it.
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When Duke is talking to Baroness in the plane after disarming the nanobots, Storm Shadow is wearing a white button shirt. When it cuts to him he is wearing a jacket with swords on his back.
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When young Storm Shadow and young Snake Eyes fight in the kitchen, Snake Eyes runs across the stove as Storm Shadow turns on the burners. A few seconds later the burners are off, and Snake Eyes even throws Storm Shadow on the now-off stove.
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During the attack on the pit, Duke tries to stop the Baroness and Storm Shadow from escaping. As Duke arrives, storm shadows hands are by his waist. The next shot we see of him, is hand appears by his head, lowering slowly. the next shot, his hand is down, even though it would have taken a few more seconds for his hand to reach this position. This continues until the end of the scene.
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In the plane on the way to the pit, Heavy Duty holds a jacket which he puts on, although, he appears doing this action several times.
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When young Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow fight in the kitchen, the orange robe worn by the monk who breaks up the fight switches shoulders.
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When the Baroness is running to the Elevator and when she gets into it, there is no blood on her face. It later re-appears as she is moving up in the Elevator.
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When Sergeant Stone first appears, he lifts his arm to point to Duke standing behind him, and you can see a tattoo on his forearm. The tattoo disappears in all subsequent shots of Stone.
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During the fight between Snake-Eyes and Storm Shadow in Destro's Arctic base, Storm Shadow's shirt it ripped of leaving a small piece of sleeve on his right arm and a large piece covering his entire left forearm in far off shots. In close up shots, they are reversed.
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In Duke's flashback of the social gathering he is wearing the rank of an Army major, though in present-time he is addressed as a captain.
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During the Eiffel tower chase scene, a rocket is fired from a wrist mounted launcher which hits the baroness's black SUV in the back. But in the next scene the back of the black SUV is not damaged.
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Crew or equipment visible 

During the scene in Paris, when the Joes are walked into the police station, you can see director of photography Mitchell Amundsen holding a camera on the left side of the frame.
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Errors in geography 

In Tokyo, young Snake Eyes searches through an aluminum trash can. Japan has no aluminum trash cans; trash is put into latticed grilled dumpsters called "gomi-stations" or "trash stations".
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During the East Africa flashback, immediately after the air strike, a snow-capped mountain ridge is visible in the background. While snow does occur at high elevations in Africa, in East Africa it only appears on peaks well inland, such as Mount Kenya and Mount Kilimanjaro.
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Factual errors 

During M.A.R.S./Cobra's first attempt to steal the warheads, Duke and the other soldiers on escort duty stand in a line to meet the attackers. Trained soldiers would have sought cover or concealment and returned fire from behind trees, disabled vehicles, and other terrain.
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The nanomite warheads are said to be traveling at a speed of Mach 6, and for the Night Raven to have reached them in time it would have been required to travel at a speed well above Mach 6. Anything flying faster than Mach 1 is accompanied by a sonic boom, but neither the warheads nor the Night Raven are heard creating one.
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During the raid on the Pit, Duke holds the Baroness and Storm Shadow at gunpoint with a 1911-variant pistol. When the Baroness approaches him, he dramatically thumbs back the hammer. The 1911 is a single-action design (i.e. pulling the trigger can only cause the hammer to fall) and therefore, prior to his doing this, the weapon would have been incapable of firing. (The move would have made sense had Duke been using a double-action/single-action design like the U.S. standard-issue M9A1, because cocking the hammer would reduce the trigger pull).
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Name of crew member Giuseppe Tagliavini misspelled in credits as "Guiseppe."
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During the flashback to Duke's proposal, both Duke and Ripcord have goatees. While U.S. military grooming regulations are relaxed in certain circumstances, they would not have been allowed to have goatees at a formal gathering like the one they were at.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

Although Scotland and France were allies in 1641, the charge against McCullen was selling arms to enemies of the crown, with no other specifics given.
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When the nanites are demonstrated to the NATO command, one soldier's laptop is open to the Windows Log In screen. That screen comes up if the user presses a key after a password-protected screen saver has been triggered.
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The CGI tram ramming the Hummer during the Paris chase, loosely based on the Paris "Tramway des Maréchaux", looks nothing like the actual tram. The movie is set in the future; things change.
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At the start of the movie, McCullen (a Scot) is accused of "treason" for selling arms to overthrow the king of France. French law allows "soldiers in the service of France" to be charged with treason. As an arms dealer to France, particularly at that time, McCullen could very well have been considered a soldier in the service of France.
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In Kyrgyzstan, Duke and crew head for Ganci. The United States Air Force officially changed the name to Manas Air Base in 2002 or 2003, in honor of a NYC Fire Chief who died at the World Trade Center on 9/11/2001. Official US policy dictates that only bases within the US are named after people, while bases overseas are named after local towns or geographical locations. That may not apply to older bases.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Scarlett fights the Baroness in the invisible suit, the Baroness isn't wearing any gloves. When she turns on the invisibility, her hands disappear.
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When Ripcord jumps through the train in Paris, he has a perpendicular trajectory inside, as if the train is not moving.
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FLOPPED SHOT: During the submarine battle, one shot of Heavy Duty driving a small underwater attack vessels shows his earring in his right ear instead of his left.
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In a flashback, Duke is almost in the doorway of a house when it explodes. He walks away with a few cuts. Later, when the ICBMs are launched, none of the Joes suffers any heat burns or effect of the thrust, despite standing a few meters away.
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Flipped shot. During the young Snake Eyes-Storm Shadow flashback, Hard Master has his yellow robe draped over his left shoulder and his beard sweeping to the right. When Hard Master says "[Snake Eyes] does not fight like [a weakling]" the shot is flipped with the yellow robe over the right shoulder and the beard swept to the left.
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The scar on Duke's cheek changes size throughout the film. It's quite long at the beginning, and a lot smaller at the end.
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Spoilers 

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Continuity 

When the Cobra base is being destroyed, Scarlett and Breaker run from the control room. Scarlett's hands are empty but seconds later she is shown shooting a Cobra guard with her laser crossbow.
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Errors in geography 

The Cobra Base is said to be located beneath the Arctic ice cap. This is confirmed by the presence of polar bears and mention of the 'northern route'. The Arctic ice cap is a very thin (10 meters at most), flat, loosely connected aggregation of ice plates, nothing you can build big structures on or in. Several mountains are in the background, even though the Arctic has no mountains. The Antarctic ice cap is several kilometers thick, above a rock shelf.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

Scarlett suggests that Ripcord's aircraft needs verbal commands in the Celtic language. The Celts were a group of tribal societies that spread over much of western Europe; the original proto-Celtic language split into several different local languages. However, since Destro is Scottish, Scarlett could have easily narrowed it down to Goidelic Celtic, the root of modern Scottish Gaelic. If the Celtic didn't work, modern Gaelic would have been an obvious alternative.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

When the icepack is blown above the Cobra base, large chunks of ice are seen sinking. Ice normally floats, but this ice is burdened down with metal tunnels.
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Revealing mistakes 

When the Baroness tries to steal the nanites, Duke and Ripcord's military convoy has civilian Hummer H2s, not military Humvees.
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