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(2013)

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Jump to: Audio/visual unsynchronised (1) | Character error (2) | Continuity (4) | Factual errors (4) | Plot holes (1) | Spoilers (2)

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

Just minutes into the picture, Breslin finishes a phone call: he hangs up, and is just exiting the booth when we hear the distinct sound of a coin hitting the coin return slot and NOT falling into the phone company coin bin, as it would if the person had made a successful outgoing call.

Character error 

To locate their position, they are pointing the sextant to the polar star. When they got the partial result "latitude: 30 degrees", they are still wondering if it is the northern or the southern hemisphere. However, since you cannot see the polar star from the southern hemisphere, it is quite obvious on which hemisphere they are.
Javed is supposedly Moroccan, yet he speaks fluent Urdu (Pakistani) when he says, "Ye Jahannum kay darwazay hain," (These are the gates of Hell) during a scene with Breslin.

Continuity 

As Ray is hanging from a rope ladder, in close up, one of the ropes is torn by a bullet. In the following wide shot, the ladder is fixed.
When Javed is left with two pistols during the escape, one of them is clearly out of ammunition as the breach stays open, yet without reloading them he keeps firing from both pistols.
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When the doctor is stitching up Breslan's leg, there are xrays of the lumbar spine hanging in the view box. The lateral view is hung upside down.
When the doctor tells the guards to bring him Porto he's says he's in cell block "E" but Breslin (Portos), is clearly wearing his shirts with cell Block "A" printed on the back.
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Factual errors 

Urban legend presented as fact: Breslin deduces which hemisphere they're in based on which direction the drains flow. This effect, known as Coriolis force, is quoted by Breslin as causing moving objects on the surface of the Earth to be deflected in a counter-clockwise rotation in the Northern Hemisphere and in a clockwise rotation in the Southern Hemisphere. It is not effective on water drainage, so it cannot be used to scientifically and surely determine in which hemisphere one is.
Javed uses a sextant from an enclosure that is open to the sky but has walls on all four sides. Using a sextant is contingent on being able to see not just the sky but also the horizon which Javed can not do from his position, therefore this would not have worked.
When Rottmayer first meets Breslin, Breslin introduces himself as his cover name, Anthony Portos. Rottmayer says, "The fourth Musketeer." Porthos (different spelling) was actually one of the 3 Musketeers in Alexandre Dumas' famous novel. D'Artagnan was the 4th musketeer.
Caitriona Balfe is listed as "Jessica MILLER" in the credits, but her character's name is actually "Jessica MAYER" in the movie.

Plot holes 

Despite the location being chosen for calm seas, it is impossible to guarantee a continuous calm. At some time the rocking of the ship will give away the fact that they are not on land.
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Spoilers

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Continuity 

Towards the end, when Ray hangs from the ladder after the explosion, the helicopter takes off to the right. On the water there are still ripples from the downdraft from the helicopter even though it has flown away.
When the chopper arrives to pick up Breslin and Rottmayer, the ammo belt in the machine gun keeps disappearing/reappearing. When the chopper first arrives, you see the shiny brass of the cartridges, then when Rottmayer grabs it to shoot the guards, the brass disappears even though he is clearly "firing." When he hops back into the chopper and replaces it on the mount, the brass reappears. From there, it makes one more disappearance as Rottmayer drops the gun to Breslin before coming back for the rest of the scene.
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