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Anachronisms 

Byer says that he found the video of the Treadstone/Outcome bosses at a party on "YouTube." The Bourne Legacy takes place concurrently with The Bourne Ultimatum, which based on date references in the previous films is set no later than February 2005. The first video was not uploaded to YouTube until April of that year.
During the bike chase, Aaron Cross uses a 2010 Honda CRF 450 X. The film is set in February 2005.
While waiting in the airport to fly to Manila, Dr. Marta Shearing walks over to a newsstand and glances at a USA Today paper about the lab she worked at. The headline next to it read "Tablets Take PC Evolution To Next Level". This was a headline from 2011, but the events of this movie are occurring no later than early 2005.
This film is set no later than February 2005, however in the movie, the song by Rodney Atkins "Cleaning This Gun" is playing on the radio. That song was not recorded until 2006 and was not released until 2007.
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The taxi that they ride from the airport to the lab, as well as the police patrol cars, are Toyota Vios that were initially released in 2007. The film is set in February 2005.
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At the beginning scene when CIA Director Ezra Kramer met with Admiral Mark Turso, Mercedes-Benz S-Class fifth generation W221 was seen parked at Admiral Mark Turso house. Also at other scene where Admiral Mark Turso met with Colonel Eric Byer, he is also seen driving Mercedes-Benz W221. However the movie was set on 2005 and Mercedes-Benz S-Class fifth generation W221 model was released on 2007.
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At some scene Colonel Eric Byer was seen driving Chevrolet Suburban Tenth generation GMT900. Also Chevrolet Suburban GMT900 can be seen at several scene. However the Tenth generation Chevrolet Suburban GMT900 was released on 2007 and the movie was set on 2005.
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Character error 

When Dr Shearing was being questioned in her house, she gets upset and says she was trying to visit her sister and then everything went to DEFCON 4. DEFCON 4 is next to the lowest lever of defense readiness condition and where the US military normally has been. She should have said DEFCON 2 or 1.
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Continuity 

To apprehend Aaron Cross and Marta Shearing, LARX #3 commandeers a parked Manila police patrol car, a Toyota Corolla. But when he swerves into a busy street, the patrol car is now a bigger Toyota Camry.
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When Jeremy and Rachel fly to Manilla, the airplane shown in flight is a 747. When it lands, it has become a 777.
When Aaron stops the motorbike to pick up Marta in Manila, we see them riding between the traffic then back to Marta still putting on her helmet before Aaron rides off.
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When he steals the airplane in Alaska, the exterior view is of a regular Piper Navajo but the interior shot shows him flying a Navajo with winglets.
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Dita Mandy's glasses appear and disappear between shots during the command center scene approx. 1:24:40 into the movie.
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The location of Aaron Cross at the wilderness outpost as seen on the display at Drone Command is 61 48 28.54 -142 49 06.17 (or 61.632507,-142.968292), which has an altitude of 8900 feet. The aviation chart seen on the same display, which shows Aaron's tracker beacon, lists the latitude as 66°, not 61°. It also lists a Minimum Obstacle Clearance Altitude of 4600 feet (which would be underground if the drone is flying at the beacon's coordinates).
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When Aaron shows up at the remote house to rescue Dr. Shearing, he finds her upstairs with an empty revolver. When he kneels in front of her, with the camera over his shoulder looking at Dr. Shearing, he grabs the gun with his left hand. When the camera angle changes to looking at Aaron over Dr. Shearing's shoulder, he is shown grabbing the gun again.
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When Aaron is leaving the outpost, Outcome #3 can be seen following him out of the front door. Moments later, the drone missile destroyed the cabin and killed #3 who was presumably still inside the structure. A frame-by-frame advance of the explosion even shows the silhouette of a man's body still inside the building.
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(at around 4 mins) When Aaron is leaving his camp site, the waistband of his backpack isn't locked, but in the next shot, it is.
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At the beginning of the film, when Aaron is in Alaska mapping his coordinates, he has fingerless gloves on. In the next shot, he picks up his rucksack and he has insulated, thick padded gloves on. As he walks away the hip strap on his ruck sack is hanging loose. In the next shot it is fastened.
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Crew or equipment visible 

While the characters were arguing outside the car after the house fire, a car can be seen in the distance beyond the bridge they are under, but no car ever passes.
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Errors in geography 

After showing a top-down view of Chicago's downtown elevated rail lines, there is a shot of two subway trains. These are New York City Transit trains, not Chicago Transit trains.
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A pack of wolves are shown attacking an elk. However, the only elk in Alaska are limited to a few islands, far from Aaron's location in the Wrangell-St.Elias Park (as shown by his coordinates at Drone Command).
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During the pursuit of Cross and Dr. Shearing, it's mentioned in the operations room that they took American Airlines flight 167 from JFK to Manila. However, American Airlines flight 167 actually goes from JFK to Tokyo's Narita airport.
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The very distinctive arch bridge shown in the film crosses the Hudson River in Upstate New York (the filming location) and not any of the waterways in Maryland (the film's setting)
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During motorcycle chase scene meant to be in Bangkok Thailand, cars in scene are left hand drive where Bangkok is right hand drive, number plates on vehicles in English not Thai, all signs are in English only,
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Factual errors 

In the climactic car chase in Manila, LARX #3 is seen driving a Manila police patrol car, a Toyota Camry. The Camry, priced as a near-luxury car in the Philippines, has never been in the fleet of the Manila police.
While the internal shot of the American Airlines plane is a correct 777, the external shot of the plane is a 747, a type the airline does not fly.
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In the film, Shearing and Cross take a direct flight from New York's JFK Airport to Manila via American Airlines. In real life, there are no direct nonstop flights from New York to Manila, and American Airlines does not have any flights to Manila.
Aaron Cross claims his US Army recruiter falsified his enlistment paperwork by adding 12 points to his IQ to allow him to meet entry requirements for the US Army. The US Army does not have an IQ requirement, and none of the means by which potential recruits are evaluated measure IQ. US Army recruits are required to complete a written exam (the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, or ASVAB), a physical fitness evaluation, and a medical examination. The ASVAB measures several different categories of knowledge, but is not an intelligence test. The ASVAB result is then used to calculate the recruit's Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT) score, which provides an eligibility rating by percentile (highest possible score is 99). Aaron's claim would be more realistic if he said his recruiter added 12 points to his AFQT score (minimum score for the US Army at the time the film takes place was 31 out of 99), however the AFQT is still a measurement of knowledge, not intelligence. In addition, it is unlikely that Aaron's recruiter would be able to alter his AFQT score since the ASVAB is not administered by the recruiter, but by personnel at a Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS). Aaron's recruiter would not even see Aaron's exam, just the resulting score. At the time of filming the ASVAB was mainly administered by computer at a MEPS, supervised by MEPS personnel. Aaron might have taken a paper version of the ASVAB, but that would also have been administered and scored by MEPS personnel, not his recruiter. It is unlikely that his recruiter would even be present while he took the exam (the ASVAB is three hours long, and recruiters have other things to do), let alone be in a position to alter his score.
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Miscellaneous 

When they are being chased on the motorbike and they are knocked off at the end of the chase, the come to a sudden stop as if connected to a wire.
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Plot holes 

There are no nonstop flights from the Eastern United States to Manila in the Philippines. If the CIA was intent on stopping Cross and Dr. Shearing and knew they were on a flight to the country, they could have had the plane stopped in Los Angeles or any of the overseas refueling/departure points before it arrived. Additionally , there would have been significant layovers from when the plane departed from the other airports meaning that unless the CIA didn't figure their destination before they arrived, they would have been detained and captured INSIDE the United States.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Aaron nimbly ascends the outside wall of Marta's house, the stunt man's supporting wire has been digitally removed - except for the point where it passes through his clothing, which is still visible.
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Spoilers

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Character error 

Near the end of the movie, Noah Vosen tells the investigation "We had a problem with Treadstone six years ago," referring to the events of The Bourne Identity. But this story "The Bourne Legacy" and its companion piece The Bourne Ultimatum both begin shortly after the end of The Bourne Supremacy, which takes place only two years after "Identity." So by now it's only 2 years, plus maybe a month or two, after the "problem with Treadstone."
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

At the climax of this movie, Noah Vosen lies to the U.S. Senate that Operation Blackbriar was activated solely to track down and hunt Jason Bourne. This would be inconsistent with Abbott's statement to the Senate Oversight Committee in The Bourne Identity (2002) that the purpose of Blackbriar was to act as a joint communications program for the Department of Defense. If one looks closely in the Bourne Ultimatum (2007), when Bourne goes to steal the classified files from Vosen's office, one of the files reads that Blackbriar was changed from a communications program to a CIA/NSA covert operation to track down Jason Bourne, making the cover up for Blackbriar's true purpose plausible.
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