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Revealing mistakes 

When Jerry jumps off the train track and stands while the train rushes past him, his jacket should have waved freely in the wind created by the train. His jacket remained very still, looking unnatural and indicating that the train was not really there in the scene's filming.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

The music played by the children's band includes several loud cymbal clashes, but no one is playing the cymbals.
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When the grade school band is playing, the sound of the band includes a full low brass section, which does not appear on screen. (The band appears to be mostly violins and trumpets.)
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Character error 

Armored car security officers are not allowed to pursue, and firing at a fleeing suspect would be severely punished.
Under no circumstances would Lt Shaw, Major Bowman, or Agent Perez be allowed to bring a telephone into such a secure area.
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During the playing of the National Anthem in the Capitol, we see a number of General officers singing along. Regulations dictate that members are to stand silently at attention from the first note to the last.
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Agent Perez, being an Agent, would not be a uniformed member of the US Air Force. However, assuming that she were a uniformed member, she would know enough to not salute while not in uniform.
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When Agent Thomas Morgan was interrogating Jerry, he said he been living in Indonesia, Bali and Singapore. In fact, Bali is an island in Indonesia.
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Continuity 

During the first chase scene the part where they enter the scrapyard, between shots the broken headlight repeatedly changes from being the on the left sight of the car to being on the right.
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At 36:22, a crane picks up a chasing late model Chevy Impala, but when the same crane drops the car it's a late model BMW 7-Series.
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The crane picks up the Porsche through the windshield, but when it drops it in the water, it's holding it from the rear.
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During the first chase scene, when Rachel is driving the black Porsche with Jerry, the glass on the driver side door repeatedly changes from cracked to normal to severely cracked.
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The SUV Rachel drives during the car chase has a 6-speed manual transmission, making it a Porsche Cayenne GTS. In one shot of the rear of the car a "Cayenenne Turbo" badge appears.
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Just before Jerry and Rachel get in the crate, the counter on the briefcase is on 00:05 and beeps every second. The camera cuts to Jerry and we hear 5 beeps. but when it cuts back to the case, the timer is only on 00:02.
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In the chase scene with Rachael and Jerry, the SUV gets hit several times and gets severely damaged, but throughout the whole chase it appears with no damage several times.
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When Jerry is on the train in Chicago, he is going to the Wilson station, which is a red line train and does not go to Quincy which is part of the "Loop". But when he jumps off it is at the Sheridan stop on the red line which is one before the Wilson stop. But when he runs out of the station, he is at the Wilson station.
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In the scene where Jerry pulls off the freeway in Indianapolis to confront Rachel, Jerry throws the mobile phone on the car's hood. On the next shot, the mobile is not on the hood, nor lying on the ground.
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After Rachel's son Sam boards the train the man arrives to steal Sam's trumpet case. In the shot we see the thief walking towards a pile of luggage and then stopping behind the pile with the trumpet case on the other side of the pile from the man. In the next shot when the man picks up the trumpet case he is suddenly in front of the luggage pile.
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When the box containing the valve is at the shipping facility, the address on it is Hasaad Instruments, 6520 Campanela Rd, Chicago IL, 60601. When the package arrives the label says Hasaad Instrument Repair, 86520 Campanela Rd, Chicago, IL.
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When Ethan's rank is spoken (on phone video in the chamber he says his rank) and shown on his uniform (memorial service picture shows him wearing sliver bar on shoulder) it is of an officer. But after the retinal scan of Jerry, Ethan's ID card comes up on screen, and it says E8 SMgt. (enlisted rank).
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When Rachel is drinking with her friends in the bar just before she gets the call to activate her, the amount of drink in her glass that she is drinking drops significantly between shots
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Errors in geography 

Early in the movie when Jerry is on the El train in Chicago, he is shown at the Quincy stop, but the train that he is on is a specific type of train that is only utilized on the Blue line route that doesn't go through the Quincy station. Also, shortly after leaving the Quincy station he is shown at the Wilson station, which is on a completely different train line and would probably require at least 30 minutes to get to even if on the correct train line.
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The scene in the farm fields under the power lines takes place in Kendall County, Illinois, as shown by the insignia on the Sheriff's cars. Aria had just told Jerry to find Highway 123 east, mile marker 108. There is no Highway 123 in Kendall County. Plus, no "highway" would be an unpaved service road directly under high voltage power lines.
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A scene supposedly set at the Dayton, Ohio Airport features a Hawaiian Airlines 767. Hawaiian doesn't fly east of Phoenix.
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The surveillance camera near the Merry-Go-Round lists its location as 39h48m54.89s N 85h46m34.87s W and the one in Circuit City as 39h48m54.82s N 85h46m34.80s W. The person cooking those coordinates clearly had no idea they were less than 2 feet apart. The aggregate distance should be at least 10 seconds or so apart. Greenfield, IN is on the route between Indianapolis and Dayton, there is no Macy's, Circuit City, or even a shopping mall for miles around.
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In the scene where the military plane is taking off from the Dayton International Airport you can clearly see mountains in the background.
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The exterior shots of what is supposed to be Dayton International Airport are actually of General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee, WI
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The intersection at Constitution Ave NW and 10th Street NW where ARIA shows the vehicle of Ethan Shaw and the semi in the collision is incorrect. 10th Street NW does intersect with Constitution Ave but it is not a 4 way intersection as 10th Ave NW is unable to continue across Constitution because it would run into the Museum of Natural History.
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In the scene where Jerry pulls off the freeway in Indianapolis to confront Rachel, they are actually located under the complex set of freeways under the 105 and 110 freeways in Los Angeles. There are no freeway interchanges like that in Indianapolis.
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After they get in the van they are told to drive to Indianapolis on 77 E 56th Street. However 77 E 56th Street is in a neighborhood with homes, not office buildings as shown in the movie.
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When in the bus arriving at Dayton Airport, the view from the bus shows them arriving at General Mitchell Airport in Milwaukee, WI.
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Near the end, we see a monitor which shows a train in a subway station, which is referred to as "Metrorail, Orange Line", which does exist, but that is not a DC area Metrorail train. We also see shots of I-5 and I-605, both of which are in California.
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When Zoe Perez leaves the scrapyard, a helicopter takes taking her back to Washington. It looks like a variant of the UH-60 Black Hawk, an army helicopter that should bear the United States flag on the rear vertical fin. It has a California state flag on rear vertical fin, which means it is a California National Guard helicopter.
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A military aircraft would not have used the Dayton International Airport for take-offs; it would have used Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
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There is no pier (except the mall "Navy Pier"), and especially not a barge-loading dock with cranes anywhere near the Wilson El-train stop (north side of Chicago). The entire northern lake front is 18 miles of bike and jogging paths in a green park area.
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The tower at the "Dayton International Airport" is clearly not the actual tower, which has a very distinctive shape. Also, the interior check-in area of the Dayton airport doesn't have two levels or a huge wall-sized TV, and there are no mountains outside the hangars.
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Factual errors 

Even if vibrations from the voices on the surface of the coffee cup were large enough for ARIA to read clearly, there is the question of whether ARIA's vision is fast enough to distinguish separate vibrations. The frequency of human voice goes to 2,000 Hz and a common consumer camera samples at most 25 frames per second. If ARIA was limited in this way, the vibrations would blur together and be indistinguishable. However this assumes that the military's most advanced data gathering machine is limited to parts available in electronics super-stores. It's already established in the movie that ARIA transfers data optically from all her data banks using infrared light, which would require a IR camera with an incredibly high sampling rate - more than enough to sample vibrations from a human voice. Visual sampling of vibrations for eaves dropping is done with lasers. It is currently the only way to keep up with the vibrations. While it is true that there are cameras with a frame rate high enough that they might work, the chances that one such camera just happened to be in that room when ARIA needed it is beyond slim. Also, ARIA was looking at the cup through a window. If she could read the vibrations in the cup, she should have been able to read them in the window, and if not, whatever prevented her from reading the window would also prevent her from reading any vibrations beyond the window.
Even identical twins do not have the same biometric "signature" nor voice pattern.
The movie mentioned that the cargo compartment of the C-17 Globemaster III was unpressurized, and the characters required a lowered heart rate due to the lack of oxygen. This is the case when flying aerial delivery missions with the rear door open, but the flight in the movie took off and landed with all pallets on board meaning the cargo door would have been closed the whole flight, and have normal pressurization.
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At the funeral, Ethan is shown in an open casket, without a mark on his face. Later we see the accident that killed him; a speeding semi tanker truck t-bones him on the drivers side. The body would have been severely disfigured.
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ARIA wants to kill 11 people to place the Secretary of Defense in control of the USA. The Secretary of Defense is fifth in line for presidential succession.
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When Aria is pulling up Jerry's brothers information, you can see his military I.D. is all wrong. The I.D. says he is an E-8 (SMSGT) when the brother is supposed to be a 1st LT. The I.D. should show no pay grade (they do this since you promote from 2nd to 1st LT faster than the other officer ranks). It takes around 15 years to make it to E-8 and he is way too young for that rank. Also he is an officer not enlisted. If you are military you will notice a few more things missing.
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When the duo first enters Indiana they pass a sign that reads "Welcome to Indianapolis". In reality, the sign actually says "Welcome to Indiana".
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At the docks, when the crane picks up Jerry and Rachel in the Porsche, one of the claws goes through the windshield. However, the windshield would not be able to hold that much weight.
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The gun used by Agent Morgan is a semi-automatic P226, so it should self cock after firing each round. Yet during the chase sequence in the airport luggage bay, Agent Morgan repeatedly fires the gun, until such time he drops it, and it ends up in the hands of Shaw, who aims it at Morgan and threateningly cocks it - technically it should be already cocked.
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The degree that Ethan supposedly received from the Air Force Academy does not exist at the Academy.
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In the airstrike scene at the beginning of the movie, the MQ-9 Reaper fires two 'missiles' on its outer wing hardpoints. In an earlier shot, however, we can see that those hardpoints have GBU-12 laser-guided bombs attached. GBU-12 is a free-fall munition, not a missile.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

When Jerry Shaw finds several passports in his room, one of them is the USSR passport. While the Soviet Union did collapse in 1991, Soviet passports were valid for 10 years and could be validated for another term at consulates without being changed. A passport issued in 1990 would be valid to be extended until 2020. You get a new passport when you actually visit the ministry.
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In the chase scene where Rachel is driving the Porsche, it is revealed that the vehicle has a manual transmission, yet a light illuminates on the dashboard indicating cruise control was activated. Some have mistakenly presumed that manual transmission vehicles do not have cruise control. In actuality, the Porsche Cayenne comes standard with cruise control, as do many other manual transmission vehicles.
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At the start, when assessing the probability that they were going to kill the right man, it was initially 37% accuracy. However, the large computer screens in one shot reported it at 51%. Some people assume this is a continuity error, but it is not. The 31% figure is from a picture taken by the mobile phone, and it changes to 51% when taking into account a new, better picture from the aerial drone.
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Revealing mistakes 

When the crane crashes into the building to allow Jerry to escape interrogation, he looks down and sees subway tracks with pedestrians standing by. He jumps and proceeds to land and avoids being hit by the an oncoming train. During this whole scene all pedestrians just don't happen to notice the sound of the huge collision between the crane and the building or any of the falling debris.
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When the MQ9 Reaper is started remotely by ARIA and moves out of the hangar, you hear the (popping) sound of a piston aircraft engine starting. The Reaper is a turboprop aircraft equipped with a Honeywell TPE331-10 turbine engine, which has a distinctly different (whining) start-up sound.
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Towards the end of the movie during a flyover of Washington DC, the top of the Washington Monument is crooked.
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At the funeral of Ethan Shaw, in the close-up shot of Ethan's face, his eyelids are clearly flickering.
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When the security cameras in Indianapolis are seen the date is clearly 1/26/2009, at this time in Indianapolis you would not see green trees and grass.
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When Jerry's personal information is displayed in Circuit City, his Drivers license number is incorrect. It is displayed as "P142-4355-6170". Illinois drivers license numbers are based on your gender, name, and DOB, and always starts with the first letter of your last name. In addition, the last number of the second sequence and the first number of the third sequence are the year of birth. In this case, Shaw would have been 52 years old.
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Spoilers 

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Continuity 

In the scene where the Reaper drone is scrambled to kill Jerry, missiles are visible under the wings; in the next shot of the Reaper taking off into the night, there are no missiles or hardpoints for mounting visible under the wings.
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Continuity 

During the performance of the National Anthem, the camera moves in on Sam playing the trumpet. To his left is a violin player. In the next shot, ARIA's point of view, a xylophone player is to his left.
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Factual errors 

As seen during the test of the Hex the sonic trigger is activated by a can of compressed air. The trumpet configuration shows that the valve was placed before the keys and all the trigger needs is an air flow strong enough to make the "whistle" frequency. This means the frequency is generated the moment someone blows into the trumpet and does not require any special note.
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Factual errors 

The computer, ARIA, lists 12 targets to eliminate in the US presidential line of succession in order to install the Secretary of Defense as the President. In reality, ever since the Presidential Succession Act of 1947, the Secretary of Defense has been sixth in the line of succession (after the Vice President, Speaker of the House, President pro tempore of the Senate, and the Secretaries of State and the Treasury), so ARIA should have known that it only needed to eliminate six targets (including the President).
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Factual errors 

High-tension towers are specifically designed to handle lightning strikes, which are much more powerful than any spike a computer might be able to trigger in the wires, so there's no way ARIA could have caused a line to fall. Additionally, any such spike would have first shut down the circuit, long before reaching a level that could burn through a wire.
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Factual errors 

The sonic trigger gets hidden in the tubing of the trumpet, set to activate on a particular note. However, that trigger would have blocked at least most of the air in the trumpet, rendering it unplayable, even by an expert, and certainly not by a young child.
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Factual errors 

The pilot of the F-16 trying to shoot down the armed UAV is remotely ejected by ARIA. The F-16 has no such remote ejection system; pilots are required to pull a handle to eject from the aircraft.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

Given the level of sophistication of Aria, it's highly improbable that she might be completely shut down by breaking her main camera/eye, as Agent Perez does at the end. However dialogue indicates that the "eye" module also contains her CPU, as illogical as that may appear, and it's reasonable that it was damaged by the attack.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

Some have pointed out that there was no need to use Rachel to deliver such a complicated bomb device to the capital building. Since the ARIA was able to control military aircrafts it could have logically used those to bomb the building instead of relying on a hostage to deliver the bomb which is much less reliable. However, a direct military strike would definitely cause suspicion within the army, and it would seem that ARIA had initially planned to be much more discrete.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

Some have mistakenly presumed that ARIA's CPU is in a pool of liquid nitrogen. This however, is not the case. The Major said while looking at ARIA and the object above her support structure, "...it's like her brain protected by liquid nitrogen, we drain it and she'll fry." The object above the support structure houses the CPU and coolant. You will notice in the scene before the Major gets knocked off into the water below, that he is above ARIA on her support structure accessing the coolant.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

At the end of the film where Jerry fires his gun to disrupt the playing of the band, and thus the explosion of the crystal, he puts himself in plain sight and is clearly shot three times; twice in the back, and one from the front, which causes him to collapse. While this almost certainly would have been fatal if he were still in civilian clothing, he was wearing the uniform of a US Capital Police patrolman, and likely would have been wearing a ballistic vest beneath the uniform, increasing his odds of surviving such an incident.
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Plot holes 

When Agent Thomas Morgan chases Jerry and Rachel in the middle of luggage, ARIA helps them by activating the door-opening electronic device, without a badge. Then Morgan asks for a guard's badge to activate the same door. As ARIA controls everything, why didn't she simply block the badge reader to prevent Morgan from going on?
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Plot holes 

Given that ARIA's programming allows her to read, comprehend, interpret, and apply the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution; she would have identified MANY inconsistencies already, without having to wait for the ill-advised attack on the desert convoy at the beginning of the film.
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Plot holes 

There is no logical reason for there to be an open pool of water in ARIA's room. Maintaining a constant humidity in a data center is critical, and an open pool of water would make that difficult to impossible.
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Plot holes 

The sound-activated bomb detonator in Sam's trumpet is set to activate when it detects a sound of a particular frequency. The "Operation Guillotine" mastermind set the detonator to activate when it detects the second F above middle C, so the bomb would explode during the word "free" in the final verse of "The Star-Spangled Banner" (assuming the anthem is played in B-flat major, as it is in the film). The same note occurs earlier, at the words "red glare". A bomb set to detonate when it detected the note in question would explode then. In the film, however, the band and Sam play that part of the melody without incident.
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