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Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) Poster

Goofs

Character error 

No respectable scientist working on a drug would recommend starting human trials based on a single chimp showing improvement. And no respectable head of a biotechnology company would even consider presenting the idea to its board, either.
When Will is giving his presentation to the board, he states that ALZ-112 has potential to cure central nervous system diseases, yet the presentation screen behind him flashing names of diseases flashes Muscular Dystrophy which is an intrinsic muscle disease, not a CNS disease.

Continuity 

On the Golden Gate Bridge, Caesar stands on the roof of a Nissan Maxima and raises his hand and roars as he stops the Apes advance. In the next shot, Caesar is seen from the rear and the car is a Volkswagen Jetta.
After the roof of the bus is riddled with bullet-holes the action cuts to a side on view of the apes advancing. In this shot the bus is unscathed.
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When they first took Caesar to the redwood forest, the California license plate registration sticker for their Jeep had an expiration of June 2010. Later when they show the grown Caesar the building complex where he was born, the registration sticker is still June 2010, despite this scene taking place five years later.
The bus on the Golden Gate Bridge is shown in various different positions despite not being moved.
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When Caesar throws food in Landon's face the tray of food in his cage is full. But after Landon soaks him with the hose and walks away, the food tray is totally empty (and it was not sprayed with the hose).
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On the Golden Gate bridge, the police cars and officers are waiting by the end of the road, weapons drawn. One officer at the end with a handgun has it drawn, then the next shot has it holstered, then the next shot has it drawn again.
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On the Golden Gate Bridge the car that drives off has no windshield (which would make sense considering the large fight) however in the very next scene it's windshield is back.
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In some shots on on the Golden Gate Bridge there are four lanes of traffic going one direction and two lanes going the other way, while in other shots there are three lanes of traffic going in each direction. Additionally, the movable divider pylons that separate the northbound and southbound lanes of traffic are missing from the majority of the scenes on the bridge.
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Caesar's birthmark changes position through the movie.
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During the Golden Gate fight, the Fog vanishes and reappears during some of the cuts.
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License plate: 7T23678 is used on multiple vehicles throughout movie.
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Errors in geography 

The movie places Muir Woods in the Marin Headlands, just to the north of the Golden Gate Bridge. In reality, they are about 5 miles to the NW of that location and the bridge is not visible because of the hills and trees in between. Additionally, the Marin Headlands are mostly wind swept grass and scrub brush and have very few trees, let alone redwood forests.
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When Caesar is taken to a primate shelter in San Bruno, south of San Francisco, at one point he looks through the facility's windows and sees the Golden Gate Bridge. Later he escapes from the shelter and stands on its roof, looking at the lights of downtown San Francisco. Both of these views are impossible because the San Bruno mountains, north of San Bruno, entirely block any sight of San Francisco from there.
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When the apes jump on the cable car, they move down a hill where they can see the Golden Gate Bridge behind downtown. In actuality, the bridge is a distance away. There would be nowhere in San Francisco where this shot would be viable.
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As the apes reach San Francisco Zoo to free the zoo's captive primates, there's an establishing shot through the trees showing the downtown city skyline, with the top of the Transamerica Pyramid building clearly visible. In reality the San Francisco Zoo is in the extreme south west corner of the city, on the Pacific coast, while downtown San Francisco is in the north east of the city, next to the bay. Not only are all of San Francisco's largest hills directly in between them, blocking any view of downtown from the zoo, they are also over eight miles away from each other. The shot makes it appear that there is only flat terrain between them, and that they're only about a couple of miles apart.
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As the escaped apes approach and climb the radio towers on Twin Peaks, downtown San Francisco can be seen in the distance looking to be about 10 city blocks away. Several seconds later this same angle is shown, and the buildings of downtown now look to be over 1 mile away.
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Factual errors 

When Dodge Landon drags the cattle prod across the cage, we see a shower of sparks. However, if you drag a real electric cattle prod across a metal surface, you will only see blue arcing, no different than the blue arcing between the prongs.
Leaving Gene-Sys, many of the apes smash through plate glass exterior windows as high as five stories up. Even attempting to smash through one of these windows would badly injure any primate, much less then falling down up to five stories from there onto concrete.
Buck's nostrils are rounded yet a gorilla's nostrils are covered by a small amount of skin folded along the area.
None of the great ape species typically use brachiation (swinging by the arms to move from tree to tree) for locomotion like the apes in the movie are frequently seen doing. Instead, they will first descend to the ground from one tree before moving to another tree to climb up it.
The experimental drugs in the movie were ALZ-112 and ALZ-113. The "ALZ" prefix was in reference to what the drug was designed to treat, Alzheimer's Disease. In the pharmaceutical industry, however, drugs in development are named with a prefix that is an abbreviation for the company developing it. Since the company's name was Gen-sys, a drug name of "GNS-112" would be plausible.
The type of respirator used during the initial test of ALZ-113 requires a snug fit to the face to prevent outside air from leaking in. The character of Franklin has a thick beard, which would have broken this seal, rendering the respirator ineffective.
When Caesar and Will stroll along the chimp exhibit at the San Francisco Zoo, there is a sign that says orangutan exhibit when yet the San Francisco Zoo doesn't have orangutans.
The end credits give thanks for allowing the use of clips from a movie called "The French Connection II." The movie is called French Connection II (there is no "the" in the title.)
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When Will is giving his presentation to the board, he states that ALZ-112 has potential to cure central nervous system diseases, yet the presentation screen behind him flashing names of diseases flashes Muscular Dystrophy which is an intrinsic muscle disease, not a CNS disease.
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The footage that is supposed to be inside the spacecraft in the news item about the craft entering the atmosphere of Mars is actually from the Apollo 8 mission in December 1968.
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There is a news item on TV about a spacecraft entering the atmosphere of Mars. However it only takes about 7 minutes to reach the surface of Mars once entering the atmosphere, and since the signals would take about 20 minutes to reach the Earth, by the time that information about entering the atmosphere had reached Earth the craft would have already been on the surface for over 10 minutes. Therefore instead of reporting the craft had just reached the atmosphere of Mars, it would make more sense to be reporting on the entire landing sequence.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

After the Golden Gate fight scene, all the police cars are shut up, smashed and on fire. Will gets in one that was right in the middle of the mayhem, yet it is unscratched. - There's no guarantee that everything would sustain damage despite how unlikely it would be.
When the apes are crossing the bridge, it is covered in fog. However, by the time they are at the top of the redwoods, there is no fog on the bridge. - Fog conditions on the bridge are constantly changing especially in the several minutes (real time not screen time) between the scenes.
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Plot holes 

It can't have been a surprise to the staff that Bright Eyes was pregnant. Animals used for medical tests are very closely examined both before and after treatment.
The first time Will takes Caesar to the Redwoods, Caesar extends his hand in to Will, seeking permission to run off into the forest on his own. Caroline explains the gesture to Will as one of supplication, and guides Will's hand across Caesar's in a counter response gesture. At this point in the film, Caesar is three years old. It's never explained why Will has not previously witnessed this behavior from Caesar. Additionally, the supplication gesture and Will's counter gesture are learned behaviors within ape culture. Without other apes from which to learn this behavior, it's unlikely Caesar would have come up with it on his own, nor would he have understood Will's counter gesture.
While at Gene-Sys, the apes deliberately destroy all of the security cameras one by one as they make their way through the building. There is no reason why the apes would even know what security cameras are, much less be able to easily reach and disable all of them on the ceilings in the building.

Revealing mistakes 

When the apes make their escape, it is supposed to be at dawn, but the footage was clearly shot with the sun in the west, at sunset.
When Charles sits in the Mustang and puts it in drive, then reverse then drive again. He gets pulled out of the car, but he never switches the gear into neutral.
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Spoilers

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Factual errors 

Dodge Landon is electrocuted in a dramatic shower of sparks when he's sprayed with the water hose while holding an electric cattle prod. This is pure nonsense. There is nowhere near enough power contained within this battery powered device to electrocute somebody.

Plot holes 

When the intelligent apes that were exposed to ALZ-112 escaped from the sanctuary, they went to the San Francisco Zoo and freed all the apes from a large exhibit area. The freed apes joined the group on their fight for freedom. However, the zoo apes had not been exposed to ALZ-112 and would not have had the intelligence to plan and organize like the transformed apes.

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