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Character error 

When Sam and Mikaela (Megan Fox) are running from the Decepticon, Sam shouts "go Megan go" as they jump into the car.
When Sam meets Leo's friends, they refer to the climatic battle of Transformers as happening in Los Angeles, although it took place in the fictional Mission City.
Megatron says "No more hiding" referring to the Decepticons no longer camouflaging themselves or imitating other objects, but some Decepticons still imitated Earth vehicles and aircraft, such as the Devastator bots, which were even motionless when they were being stood next to and in hearing distance of humans babbling loudly. One of the Decepticon jets was also shown with a pilot inside, which seems to go against the "No more pretending" line.
During the scene in which Leo, Sam, Mikaela, and Simmons are going through the Egyptian check point (run by Deep Roy's character), Leo states to Simmons, "I can handle it. These are my people. I'm 1/36th Arab." It is almost mathematically impossible for someone to have a hereditary factor of 1/36th. They probably meant for Leo to say, "I'm 1/32nd Arab." This would have been very easy to do, as a great-great-great grandparent would be 5 generations back, speaking in genetic terms. And 2 to the 5th power is 32.
When Agent Simmons asks Wheelie where to find the older Transformers, Wheelie shows them by pointing lasers at a map of the United States. Simmons says "The closest one is in Washington," and they go to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. However, none of the lasers actually pointed at Washington, D.C.; the closest one pointed to eastern New Jersey.
When Sam's parents take him to college for the first time, you can see his mom clearly high off of marijuana brownies. Marijuana, when consumed in a food, takes about an hour before the effects are felt.
In the film a Navy officer states that FPCON has reached level 'Delta', the first time since 9/11. However in the first Transformers film, the FPCON level was set to 'delta' after the attack on Qatar.
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Continuity 

When Sam Witwicky drops his papers on the college steps, 3 people on the right are walking behind him. When the shot changes, the same 3 people are further back, just getting to the steps.
When Sam gets a green drink at the frat party, the drink is full in one shot, nearly empty in the next, and full again in the next.
Over the course of the movie, characters take props out of nowhere. At the beginning Sam takes out pincers and a special receptacle to put the shard in it; and when Bumblebee blows up a hole through the tomb of the Primes, Sam and Simmons point lanterns inside the hole.
When Galloway declares that NEST is being disbanded, he literally strips Major Lennox of his rank insignia. In the next scene, Lennox is wearing the oak leaf cluster again.
When Bumblebee is in car form, the Chevrolet bow tie is black with red trim. In robot form, the bow tie is gold.
In the scene where Bumblebee and the other two Chevy hatchback Autobots are driving through the desert and come under Decepticon attack before the big battle at the pyramids, the same shot of Decepticon-fired shells hitting the sand around the vehicles and the vehicles swerving to avoid these strikes is used twice.
During the Shanghai Chase Scene, Sideways runs through a building and transforms on the other side. If you look closely, you can see the wall he approached in the former shot, and the wall he is leaving behind are the same wall on the same street. He didn't go through the building, he made a huge explosive U-turn.
Before Jetfire opens the space bridge, the twins and Bumblebee are in their car forms. As they are thrown out of the bridge into the desert, they are all transformed in their bipedal modes.
In the forest battle, Shia LaBeouf has a brace on his left hand (due to his car crash). Sam's hand was burned later on.
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When we see Mikaela for the first time (on the motorcycle, painting a devil on the side), she is lying forward on the bike, leaning over the right side. When the shot changes, she is leaning over the left side of the bike.
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When Mikaela is putting the bandage on Sam's hand, the wind shot shows her crouching and then getting up. The next shot she is crouching again.
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When Megatron is coming up, the Captain calls for hard left rudder, and the sub's rudder turns right.
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When Mikaela deliberately hits the white car on the pole while escaping from college, the pole dents the car in the center. In the next shot, the car is damaged on one side, near the headlight.
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When Sam is kissing Alice on the bed there's a fan in the window, but when Mikaela comes back into the room and throws the box with Wheelie in it at Alice the window is closed and the fan is leaning against the wall.
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When Mikaela runs into the library, she is wearing high-heeled shoes. When she jumps down from the upper level of the library, she is wearing black flats.
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After Starscream uses the EMP and the predator drone is called in, the first shot shows the drone with a propeller on the back. In the next shot, it has a jet engine.
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When Soundwave orders the Decepticons to invade earth, he is orbiting in space. In the next shot, he is attached to an earth satellite even though he was already attached to it earlier.
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At the start, Sam's mother's hair is blonde, with brown roots. In the next scene at college, her hair is reddish-brown.
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During the final scenes in the desert, Mikaela's bracelets often switch between her left and right hands.
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Sam, Mikaela, Leo, Bumblebee, and 2 other Autobots hide out in the old brick building. As the humans are run out to leave, Bumblebee drives around the building with them already in the car. In the next scene they run out of the building, jump into Bumblebee, and drive off.
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(at around 40 mins) When Sam is talking on cell phone outside on campus, going down stone steps, a girl in flowery shirt and cut-off jean skirt passes him as he's picking up papers. He continually talks as the camera changes angles, and the same girl is yet again walking by him, even though she was 8 feet past him 1/5th of a second before.
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In the scene where Sam, Mikaela, and Leo enter the deli to meet "Robo Warrior" the time on the Neon clock in the background changes dramatically almost every time they change shots.
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When Optimus asks Sam for help, he is near the tomb of a person named Mary Louisa Baldwin. In a later shot, the name on the tomb is Charles Francis Gummey.
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In the opening scene when the Fallen steps on some primitive warriors, he clearly does so with his right leg. Then in the very next cut as he lifts his foot, it somehow becomes his left leg.
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When Sam is showing Wheelie pictures of Project Black Knife, the pictures he is holding of the buggy and plane change hands several times, and the plane changes from being on the ground to being in the air.
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When the Autobots are in the hangar, and Optimus Prime is doing his report to the general, director Galloway interrupts them and talks about their weaponry. The scene repeats at the end, when he asks if the Autobots would leave the planet peacefully.
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During the forest battle, Sam is running past a fallen tree. In the next scene, he does a flip over the same tree.
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When Sam is about to leave home for college his father is packing the car, he carries a set of golf clubs over his shoulder, in the next shot they are not there, then they reappear on his shoulder again later.
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When they arrive at the quarry in Bumblebee, Simmons stabs Leo in the neck with a stun gun, which knocks him unconscious yet in the next frame you see all four characters getting out of the car including the now conscious Leo.
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During the forest battle, when Starscream accidentally shoots Grindor with a missile, Grindor is damaged and loses a big part of his right shoulder. But a few seconds later, Grindor is seen to be undamaged.
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When Sam visits Simmons, his blue jacket is unzipped. Then in the Air and Space Museum, his jacket is zipped up and then unzipped again when Jetfire breaks out into the plane boneyard. In three consecutive scenes, his jacket goes from unzipped, to zipped, then back to unzipped.
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During the aerial scene showing Bumblebee, Mudflap, and Skids driving down the road headed to Jordan, the sand is a reddish brown and there are large rock formations. When the camera pans down to show the front of Bumblebee's Camero alt. form, the sand is now white, rocks have disappeared, and there is a wire fence with wood posts visible on the right side of the screen.
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As Jetfire smashes his way out of the Kennedy Space Center he turns to speak to Sam in the airfield. As he does so he knocks one of the wings off the tail of one of the aircraft accidentally with his staff. A few moments later the same shot is used and the same tail section is completely intact.
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When Mikaela drives into the pole, you can clearly see the driverside airbag deploy. But in the next shot, the airbag is not deployed and she backs up and drives away.
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In a single shot, when Devastator starts to form the whirlpool, the camera pans and a man screams "Ayuda!" (for 'help' in Spanish), the pan continues past a truck to reveal Leo and Simmons. Then Devastator's whirlpool sucks the truck and the man who screamed is not seen.
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(0:50:05) When Leo and Alice find Sam writing Cybertronian symbols on the walls, on small bits throughout the scene you can see that Sam's got Cybertronian marks in his arms (the ones he shows to the twins later in the film); yet he doesn't get them until some 6 or 7 minutes after, when Megatron holds his arms with his claws.
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As Sam and Mikaela make the final run to Lennox and Epps, it is apparent that the continuous scene was filmed at different times of the day. Shadows change as well as lighting; darker evening coloration with Lennox and Epps, and brighter midday lighting with Sam and Mikaela.
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During the scene in which Leo, Sam, Mikaela, and Simmons are going through the Egyptian check point, Wheelie pops up between Sam and Simmons, but Wheelie is never seen again in the movie. When everyone gets out of Bumblebee so he could create a diversion, Wheelie should of stepped out too, but he did not.
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When the Decepticons travel on a ship to revive Megatron, one of them is disguised as a wheel loader. When Ravage impacts just seconds later, the wheel loader is gone and replaced by a bagger. During the same cut, the cement mixer obviously moved back (where there wouldn't be any room according to the first shot) to make room for Ravage, who's lurking around the bagger tracks in the next scene.
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Crew or equipment visible 

In the beginning, when Mikaela is trying to force Sam to say he loves her, you can see the shadow of a camera on Sam's back.
When Sam, Mikaela, Leo, Skids, Mudflap, and Bumblebee decide to continue instead of going to the authorities, Bumblebee transforms into the Camaro and nudges Sam by rolling forward a short distance, then reversing. As Bumblebee backs up, a driver wearing a balaclava is visible.
When Optimus Prime and Sam are having their discussion in the cemetery, green mark tape directing Shia LaBeouf where to stand is clearly visible on the grass immediately in front of him.
When Bumblebee drives along at sunset, with the other Autobots, low-angle camera rigging casts a shadow on the far right of the frame.
After the Autobot twins upgrade, drivers can be seen as the camera circles around the cars.
As the car dropped into the warehouse tips forward and lands on its roof, the camera mounted to the right side of the car (to capture the shot of the airbags inflating) is briefly visible.
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After the big battle, when Sam rubs Mikaela's back, you can clearly see her mic pack under her shirt.
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During Sam and Mikaela's first phone conversation, you can clearly see a large Fresnel light on a stand in Sam's room.
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After the forest fight, Sam is in Bee's Camero alt. form. Sam sticks his head out the passenger side window and the face of the driver is temporarily visible in the rearview mirror.
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Errors in geography 

When Jetfire is reactivated at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Virginia, he blasts open a hangar door and steps outside. The exterior shot shows him and the other protagonists in the "bone yard" at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona.
In a few scenes in the movie, the USAF characters are at a military base in New Jersey, with a desert-like environment and mountains in the distance. New Jersey does not have a desert or big mountains.
In the movie, the military frequently discusses the Gulf of Aqaba and how it is bordered by Egypt and Jordan. Israel borders the same gulf, between Egypt and Jordan.
The scene involving Egypt, Jordan, and the Bay of Aqaba is a geographic mess. Petra is almost 1,000 km. from the pyramids, which are just outside Cairo, which is hundreds of kilometers inland from the Mediterranean.
An establishing shot shows Manhattan. The very next shot shows two Transformers on top of a building in Downtown Los Angeles; the Aon Center and US Bank Tower are clearly visible.
When Megatron and Starscream communicate after Sam has escaped, they are on top of the "Gas Company Tower" in Los Angeles, California. They are supposed to be in New York City.
When the characters go to The National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. to locate the SR-71 Transformer, the SR-71 breaks out of the hanger to go outside. They are now clearly not in D.C., but are at the "Aircraft Boneyard" located in Tucson, AZ.
Towards the end of the film, there is a scene that takes place on the border between Egypt and Jordan. No such border exists, as Israel lies between the two countries.
During one battle scene set in Egypt, some Los Angeles buildings appear in the upper left corner.
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In the beginning, a Union Pacific and a Missouri Pacific lettered coal hopper are on the Port of Shanghai China rail line.
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Diego Garcia is shown with mountains. Diego Garcia is horseshoe-shaped atoll; the highest point is 9 feet above sea level.
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There is no real-life Egypt-Jordan border. Israel is in the way.
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When a H-53 picks up Sam and Mikela they are on the East Coast in close-ups, but a wide shot shows San Diego in the background, including the Coronado Bay Bridge and the USS Midway.
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In Transformers Megatron was dropped into the Laurentian Abyss in the Atlantic Ocean. In both movies this is erroneously portrayed as being deeper than it is in reality. "9,000 fathoms" is given in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. In fact, the deepest point in the ocean is the Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean, which is almost 6,000 fathoms deep.
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When the Decepticons attack Paris, red and blue lights are seen through the streets. Parisian police lights are just blue.
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When the medical helicopter flies in during the end battle, you can see "White Sands Missile Range" written on the side of the door. The battle is supposed to be in Egypt; a WSMR helicopter would not be there. The aircraft was painted red, white, and Blue. The medic was wearing US Army ACU body armor, implying that he was on a "tactical" aircraft, so the plane should have been olive green. it also should have been a BlackHawk, not the Huey depicted.
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When the team is jumping out of their aircraft into what should be the desolate Egyptian desert, a full modern two runway airstrip can be seen as they exit the rear of the aircraft.
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When they leave America, it is the middle of the day. They arrive in Egypt at the same time as they left, yet it is the middle of the day there too. Egypt is 8 hours ahead of New York, so it should be evening when they arrive.
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When the film begins, at 10:14 pm in Shanghai, it is still slightly light outside, especially at the horizon. At that hour in the summertime, the sun have gone down. There might be some light in the sky, especially if there was a full moon. (Shanghai is 8 or 9 hours ahead of Zulu Time (GMT), meaning the events of the movie would be after dawn and occur in broad daylight, which is obviously not the case.)
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Sam's hometown is "Tranquility, California" but when his driver's license appears on TV because federal agencies are looking for him, his address says "Los Angeles, California."
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When in Egypt, the sand changes from red to white. The scenery also dramatically changes during the final Pyramid fight, as there is red sand and large rock formations in the pit with Leo and Simmons; and there is white sand and rolling dunes where the Autobots and Sam are. The two protagonist groups are not that far away from each other, making the dramatic changes physically impossible.
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Factual errors 

The flag patch on Major Lennox's right shoulder have stars on the left side. Army regs state that the stars should be forward.
Tyrese Gibson's character is listed as Master Sergeant Epps, a grade of E-7. The rank stripes on his uniform are a Chief Master Sergeant, a grade of E-9.
When the USS Topeka (SSN-754) is operating on the surface, the footage shown is an early flight I Los Angeles Class submarine. The Topeka is a 688I class; its diving planes should be on its bow, not its sail.
After Starscream deploys the EMP and the soldiers lose communication, MQ-1 Predators are ordered to be launched. The airframe that takes off is an MQ-9 Reaper, not a Predator.
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Orion is only visible from late October through mid-March.
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During the CGI scenes showing the Predator UAV, it shows the UAV as having a jet engine. When in fact Predator UAV's have propellers.
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The short Egyptian soldier at the checkpoint is an army head, a very high rank that only 5 men hold. They would not be on guard duty.
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In Shanghai, China, the characters on police vehicles and helicopters are in Traditional Chinese. They should be in Simplified Chinese.
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During the pyramid fight scene Agent Simmons calls for a fire mission from the USS Kidd. The vessel the show answering the fire mission is DDG 88 (USS Preble) not DDG 100 (USS Kidd).
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When Lennox is giving Galloway a parachute in the plane he asks him if he is familiar with the MC-4 parachute. However, when Galloway pulls the cord and gets pulled out of the plane, his parachute is round. The MC-4 is actually a ram air parachute that is rectangular in shape.
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The handheld GPS unit Agent Simmons uses in Egypt (Garmin GPSMAP 60CSx) is shown being viewed sideways while in reality maps are only shown on it in a vertical format. Additionally, the graphics shown on it in the movie are much more detailed than the real unit is capable of producing.
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In the opening sequence (dated 17,000 BC) what appear to be African tribesmen are show hunting a tiger. Tigers have never been indigenous to Africa. In fact the last common ancestor of tigers and other big cats probably left Africa 2 million years ago. Modern humans first left Africa 70,000 years ago and began to diverge so humans hunting tigers in Asia 19,000 years ago would not have appeared African.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

While the cargo planes are marked AETC on the tail. AETC is "Air Education Training Command", which is only used for training pilots. Once a pilot is trained on a cargo plane, they would fly for AMC, "Air Mobility Command". However, since NEST doesn't officially exist, flying under the AETC could be part of their cover so not to expose the existence of the Autobots.
According to the creators of the film, the Constructicons are a legion of robots with one of seven body types. This is why Long Haul (Green Dump Truck), Rampage (Bulldozer), Scrapper (Yellow Scoop Loader) and Mixmaster (Cement Mixer) can fight Bumblebee's group, while also seemingly being part of Devastator at the same time.
When the Transformers are in robot form, their paint jobs are chipped, scratched and weathered. When they are vehicles, the same paint is super-glossy and waxed with no blemishes. However, it could be possible that they use the same hologram system that they use to create fake drivers.
When Skids and Mudflap enter the military hangar to upgrade from the ice cream truck, they get to choose between becoming a Chevy Beat and a Chevy Trax. Skids chooses the Chevy Beat, which already has his name on the license plate. However, given the lower intelligence of these two robots the military may have already had their names on the plates in order to avoid the fight that happened anyway (the fight of who was going to be what car).
During the F-16 air strike, several of the F-16's are Thunderbirds, painted red, white, and blue. Although these are used for air shows, they are maintained in a fully combat-ready state (except for the paint scheme and the addition of a smoke generator) and could readily be pressed into service in a time of emergency.
When the Decepticons start to surround Agent Simmons and Leo in the quarry, drivers can be seen through the windscreens of the trucks. The drivers are holograms generated for disguise.
Throughout the movie, bit players who were killed in Transformers reappear. In the Transformers universe, many of these beings have doubles or "body type" counterparts.
While flying over the desert, you can see a pilot inside Starscream. In previous shots (the 3 riders on the motorcycles) and in Transformers, Transformers often use "digital pilots" to enhance their disguise. Although the digital pilot would not really work since Starscream has a bunch of tattoos, it could just be a "default" setting to display the pilot when in jet mode.
According to the Secretary of Defense in Transformers there were no survivors from the base attack in Qatar. In this movie Glenn Morshower (SOCCENT Colonel Sharp) returns and is now General Morshower. As indicated by the different name, this is an entirely different character from the one who died in Qatar.
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NEST is actually part of the US Department of Energy rather than Defense, as the acronym stands for "Nuclear Emergency Support Team." However it's entirely possible for two groups in two different agencies to share an acronym, especially if one of them is secret. Given that the Transformers are radioactive, making the public confuse their unit with the Nuclear Emergency Support Team would work to their advantage in keeping them secret.
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At the end of Transformers, Frenzy is killed by his own weapon, cutting his head in half. In this film, the head is in Simmons' secret room, in a glass case, fully intact. Simmons likely repaired the head as a trophy.
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None of the Transformers transform in the same manner twice, or transform in the same manner as they did in Transformers. ILM deliberately animated the transformations uniquely so that the movements could follow smoothly from the character's actions, such as Bumblebee emerging from the garage at the start. It can be taken for granted that these Transformers, unlike those in the cartoon, can vary their transformation.
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When Soundwave orders the Decepticons to mobilize, a shot of 4 robots flying to earth is the exact same shot of the Autobots coming to earth from Transformers. Although it is the same shot, more falling protoforms have been added in the background to give the impression of mass invasion.
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When they go to meet Agent Simmons in New York City, there is a shot of the Brooklyn Bridge with the American flag on the eastern tower of the bridge. Although, earlier in the film, the Constructicon Mixmaster knocked the flag off the tower who is to say that the flag had not been replaced. As patriotic as Americans are they may have had it quickly replaced as a sign of strength.
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The Air Force character Epps was a Technical Sergeant in Transformers and is a Chief Master Sergeant in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen which takes place two years later. It is plausible that he was able to make rank that quickly as he did help to save the world from the invading Decepticons in the first movie.
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When Sam's mom eats the cannabis brownie she gets high in what seems like 5 or 10 minutes. The director's commentary and deleted scenes reveal that more time has elapsed than that but is not shown on screen in order to move the story forward.
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When Sam and Mikaela are driving away from the college with Alice on the hood, Mikaela slams the car into a pole and drives away. The airbags do not deploy. Air bags do not deploy 100% of the time. Moments later, Megatron drops the car into a warehouse. The airbags deploy because the impact was much greater.
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When The Decepticons invade Egypt, some Egyptians are seen fleeing on an "invisible" platform/building, but if you look closer it's really just a hard to see sand dune.
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An overhead scene of the Pentagon identifies it as "The Pentagon - Washington D.C." The Pentagon is in Arlington, Virginia, but Arlington's politics and economy are heavily dependent on Washington, so many Arlingtonians refer to as themselves as living in Washington.
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Plot holes 

Sam, Mikaela, Leo and Simmons spent two days in Egypt, with no food or water to survive.
The ancient Primes had a rule to never destroy the sun of a planet with life on it. So, why did they build a sun-destroying machine on Earth in the first place?
Megatron tells Starscream that it is time for the Decepticons to let the world know of their presence. To that point, Transformers have destroyed a gigantic chunk of a major metropolitan city in America, a large chunk of Shanghai, have had battles in four other continents, rampaged across a major college campus, destroyed a forest, and stomped around the Witwickys' backyard multiple times. There is no conceivable way that the human race does not know of the existence of the Transformers at this point.
Simmons was severed from all government work, but he was able to single-handedly steal 75 years worth of classified files and information from Sector 7 when it was shut down.
Why did Sam not just use his shard of the Allspark to bring Optimus back to life?

Revealing mistakes 

Very loud Decepticon meteorites crash down and explode by the pyramids in the distance, but the man in the foreground with the camels shows no reaction.
When Devestator sucks in all of his surroundings into his machine mouth, including the large truck that is shielding Leo and Agent Simmons, but not the much lighter humans.
The people at the Egyptian roadblock speak gibberish, not Arabic.
A group of F-16 fighters flying in formation bank off to engage the Decepticons. Inexplicably, they each launch flares, a decoy for heat-seeking missiles, as they break formation. (This is likely because it's stock footage of F-16s on maneuvers.)
When the F-16s are flying to fight the Decepticons, none of them are armed with live weapons.
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When Bumblebee and the Twins are driving through the desert, the same shot of an explosion to the left of them, as they drive around a corner, is used twice in the same minute.
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The shot when Soundwave acknowledges Wheelie's observations is the exact same shot of Soundwave ordering the Decepticons to invade earth.
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When the sliver of the Cube turns all the kitchen appliances into Decepticons including a Cisco router, the router is seen in its original state after the battle.
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When Starscream begins his attack on Sam and the Autobots in Egypt by firing missiles, the actual plane in the scene is dropping flares.
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When the Autobots finally catch up to Jetfire, if you watch closely, the tire marks in the grass were already there.
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When The Fallen takes over the TVs and demands "this boy", a Social Security card is shown bearing the number B216-31-1892, and the name "Samuel James Witwicky". Several frames later, a totally different Social Security card is shown bearing the number B5420-29-8261 and the name "Sam Witwicky". Obviously the numbers are intentionally fictional, but they should not differ.
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When the NEST team is in the cargo plane over Egypt, the pilots announce that they are having a problem with the plane. The plane Major Lennox is in rolls over to an almost 90 degree angle before straightening up. In the cargo hold the soldiers are only slightly jostled. But all of the soldiers should have been slammed into the port side wall by gravity during this maneuver.
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Spoilers 

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Anachronisms 

In the areal shot of the USS Theodore Roosevelt, a number of F-14D Tomcats are on deck. The United States Navy retired its last Tomcats on Sept 22, 2006. When the carrier is sinking, no Tomcats appear. This is likely due to old file footage being used for the initial shot, and CGI for the sinking.
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Continuity 

In the climactic battle in the desert, Sam, Mikkeala, Lennox, and Epps run from the building as the bombs are explode. As Ironhide emerges from the smoke, his left arm cannon clearly falls off as he runs. When the Fallen arrives and knocks all the Autobots over taking the Matrix of leadership off Optimus Prime, Ironhide has both arm cannons intact.
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Continuity 

After Devastator has ripped off the top of the pyramid, Agent Simmons gives coordinates to a US Navy aircraft carrier. Simmons is supposed to be on the same pyramid, but you can clearly see the same pyramid in the background without any damage.
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Continuity 

When The Fallen climbs the pyramid, the tip of is destroyed. In another scene, it appears to be intact.
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Continuity 

When Sam runs into the car to escape Alice, she sticks her 'metal tongue' through the windshield, smashing the window on Sam's side and leaving a jagged edge. In the next shot, the window is fixed (a new whole window). As they drive away, the window has been cut away cleanly, with no jagged edges.
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Continuity 

When the Decepticons destroy the USS Theodore Roosevelt, EA-6B Prowlers (they look like an A-6 with a "football" on the tail) can clearly be seen forward of the bridge, their traditional parking place on the flight deck. When the ship sinks, the Prowlers have been replaced by SH-60s, which are sliding down the flight deck.
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Errors in geography 

Only one Pyramid in Giza, the Pyramid of Khafre, has a smooth top. The machine to harvest Energon is hidden in that pyramid, and the whole fight takes place there. You can see the smooth top when Devastator is climbing the Pyramid. However, every shot is taken on the Pyramid of Khufu. For example, when agent Simmons is climbing the Khufu Pyramid, Khafre, which he should be climbing, is visible in the back.
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Factual errors 

When the Decepticons sink the carrier, the hull number changes from changes from 74 (the USS John C. Stennis, the ship Simmons radios for the rail gun fire mission) to 72 (the USS Abraham Lincoln) and then back to 74. News reporters later identify it as the USS Theodore Roosevelt, whose hull number is 71.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

One of the reasons for sending Megatron down into the deep ocean was that it was cold to keep him frozen. According to the Prequel Comic, Megatron was frozen on Earth due to a lack of Energon. Whereas, the drop team that revives him was more than likely fully-energized and capable of resisting the cold and depth of the ocean.

Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

Soundwave announces that Optimus Prime is dead before he actually dies. This is because he's in contact with Megatron and Megatron has stopped his attack, something he'd only do after knowing Prime was going to die. Thus although Prime wasn't physically dead, there was no doubt he was finished.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

Near the end when Sam and Mikaela are running towards Prime, on the last Airstrike, when they drop the large bomb, at least one viewer thinks an explosion/reflection can be seen over Mikaela but not Sam, a compositing error. This is not possible - this shot was a "practical effect" in which the explosion was actually set off behind the actors, and according to the cast it set the world record for the largest special effects explosion performed with actors on set.

Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

Only a prime can kill a prime, thus Optimus must be revived to kill the Fallen. Megatron easily killed Optimus,Optimus Prime is not an original Prime he is only a Prime by being the next leader of the Autobots and by having the Matrix of Leadersip thus having Megatron kill Optimus is a possibility.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

Sam was lying on ground after explosion and has swollen jaw and burn on left cheek. When he stands up to hug Mikaela he has no burns on cheek and his jaw is no longer swollen. This is no doubt caused by the power of the Matrix of Leadership bringing him back to life.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

During the scenes in the desert, some have claimed that Mikaela's white jeans stay perfectly white. However, it is obvious that they become dirty as the battle progresses though maybe not as fast as some may think they should. This is obvious in the seen when Sam is injured - her jeans are dirty. It also should be noted that the sand is white too.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

When the pyramid eating robot is throwing rubble on the Sphinx, in the foreground, there are pigeons on the nose of the sphinx. This is not a mistake as that is actual footage of the sphinx as noted in the director's commentary.
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Plot holes 

The "three kings" stars of Orion's belt were supposed to mark the location of the hidden tomb of the Primes, as seen at sunrise from the Dagger's Tip. But stars are at a slightly different point in the sky at sunrise each day, so they could not accurately point the way to the tomb at sunrise except on one day each year. No date was specified in the clue.
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Plot holes 

When the Decepticons go under water to revive Megatron, the Navy states that 5 "objects" went under water. If one of the Decepticons was killed to bring Megatron back to life, 6 "objects" could not have come out of the water: Ravage spits out the Doctor Robot (5+1=6), one gets stripped into parts (6-1=5), Megatron gets reactivated (5+1=6), and Ravage swallows the Doctor to head back to the surface (6-1=5).

Revealing mistakes 

When Sam is supposed to be dead, and the medics kneel down beside him to hit him with the paddles, his face and head move when one of the medics accidentally bumps him.
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Revealing mistakes 

Mikaela and Sam are running through the desert. They are being shot at; explosions going off around them; they jump and fall off buildings that explodes and collapses around them and when everything is over, Sam's clothes are in rags and pieces and he is burned, scarred and bloody. Meanwhile Mikaela, who has gone through the same ordeal as Sam, looks like she's just left the make-up chair.
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