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Continuity 

When Bennett reaches into the cupboard during the final fight scene, he leaves a bloody hand-print on the cupboard. The amount of blood changes between shots.
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Character error 

The scene in which Jedburgh sees the Dr. One of the chest X-rays (lateral view) is hung upside down.
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Craven makes the statement that his daughter was poisoned by thallium, pronouncing it "thay-li-um". The first syllable is correctly pronounced to rhyme with the first syllable in "California".
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Continuity 

When Jedburgh is visiting Craven and having a whiskey, he takes a pill and clearly drinks only about a half of his drink. After this he immediately stands up and puts his glass on the table. However his glass is strangely empty.
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When Craven is sick at the sink, the microwave in the background is in the corner of the counter with a yellow bowl on top of it. A few shots later when Craven is back at the sink, the microwave is about 5 feet from the corner with the yellow bowl to its right.
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When Thomas Craven goes to drive out of the multi-story car park he drives right when you can clearly see the exit sign pointing in the opposite direction.
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When Craven dumps his daughter's bag out on to the bed, he ruffles through her clothing to find her cell phone. In the next shot, the cell phone is covered by a brown shirt.
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In one scene, Bennett has cleared off entire shelves of pill vials. In the next shot, a few vials are in the back corners of the shelves.
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When Craven stops Bennett's Bentley, gets into the back, and points the gun at Bennett, the door behind Bennett is closed. In a close-up, it's open.
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In the scene toward the end of the film where Whitehouse visits Craven at home to try and discourage him from his investigation, Whitehouse's wristwatch varies between times by hours.
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When Det. Craven is at the shore with Emma's ashes, he approaches the edge of the water with his pants rolled up, but they're already wet.
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In the kitchen when Craven pours himself and Jedburgh a shot of whiskey, Craven puts the bottle down and the level is just below the neck. However when Craven sits back down the level drops to the "shoulders" of the bottle before rising again to the neck 5 seconds later.
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Errors in geography 

When Craven is traveling to Union Street in Northampton, he is seen turning right off of Market Street onto Bridge Street. This is in fact the wrong direction. Union Street is off of Market Street, two blocks back. e is traveling in the wrong direction.
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When Craven is following Bennett into Boston's Central Artery Tunnel the scene show them getting off at exit 24, Government Center, which exits to Faneuil Hall. The next scene however show Craven pulling Bennett's car over on Rutherford Avenue which is North of Boston.
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When Craven is talking to his daughter's friend in the car, when she gives him the disc, you hear a bird call. It is the sound a Western Scrub Jay makes. There aren't any Western Scrub Jays in Massachusetts. There's also another point in the movie where you hear a Western Scrub Jay, a scene that also occurs in Massachusetts. I'm guessing the movie was sound edited in California, where Western Scrub Jays are common.
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When Craven intentionally backs into his two pursuers in the SUV he is on Washington street between West Dartmouth and Union park - directly in front of the Boston Cathedral. But on the subsequent news report, the incident is reported as taking place on Arlington Street.
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Factual errors 

When Tom Craven questions Burnham about the gun he loaned to Emma, Gibson says the gun is licensed in Vermont, and therefore illegal in Massachusetts. Aside from federal requirements, Vermont does not have firearm licensing or registration. Tom Craven couldn't have accessed a Vermont firearms database; it doesn't exist.
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On Inside Washington, panelists discuss issues while Gordon Peterson moderates. Peterson never does interviews on his show.
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When Craven goes to Identify his daughter's body, there is no visible evidence of autopsy (assume it was done because the coroner rattles off causes of death). Being the victim of a shotgun wound to the torso, she would have had a standard Y-incision, the top part of which should be visible on her exposed upper chest.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

Tom Craven says his daughter was poisoned with thallium, which he finds using a Geiger counter. While normal non-radioactive thallium causes heavy metal poisoning but not radiation sickness, there are radioactive forms of thallium which are normal byproducts of nuclear decay. The radioactive form would be more likely available from a nuclear facility than the non-radioactive form.
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Revealing mistakes 

In the scene where Craven is driving in the rain, right before he enters the tunnel, the Berkeley Building in behind him - with a steady blue light. The Berkeley Building is topped by a weather beacon, with different patterns: Steady blue, clear view. Flashing blue, clouds due. Steady red, rain ahead. Flashing red, snow. If it was really raining, the light pattern would have been a steady Red, instead of Blue in the movie.
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When they are driving in the rain, the rain is rolling down the windows. If they were driving, the wind would push the rain drops along the windows, not down them.
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Spoilers 

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Factual errors 

At the moment she gets out of Craven's car, Melissa is immediately struck by a car traveling at very high speed. Assuming the driver was some distance away and waiting for her to get out, it would have been virtually impossible, with only a couple of seconds notice, to accelerate fast enough to get to that spot at precisely the right moment to hit her.
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When Melissa gets out of the car after her conversation with Thomas Craven, she immediately gets hit by a car which also tears off the car door. The car makes a U-turn to come back for Thomas Craven. At first glance, the front of the car seems to be completely undamaged, without a single scratch. However, closer inspection reveals a large dent in the upper part of the left fender, possibly indicative of where both cars made contact.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Emma Craven is shot in the chest by a shotgun blast, she goes flying back a good distance. According to Discovery Channel's MythBusters, and Newton's third law, the victim of the blast would be thrown back no further than the shooter was knocked back by firing.
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