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Anachronisms 

During Kirk's speech to the crew what appears to be the monorail (No. 234) safe working load limit of 1000-lbs is shown in the background.
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Character error 

In the shots of London, the British flag is flying upside down. The broad white strip should be uppermost on the flagpole.

Continuity 

Sulu and Spock's safety belts disappear and then reappear during the final battle sequence.
While Kirk is talking to Pike in a bar he has a nearly empty drink. Then during a shot when he lifts the glass to take a sip, the glass is full. In the next shot, when he actually takes the sip, the glass is nearly empty again.
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When the Enterprise's trash exhaust port is first shown, it's about half-way up the secondary hull and has sliding panels on either side of it. Almost two minutes later, the panels are missing and the exhaust port appears to be farther down and forward.
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When Kirk, Spock and the two security guys come running off the shuttle firing at the Klingons, we don't see the two security guys get shot, but they disappear completely from the sequence.
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When Bones is scanning Kirk, when they first get on the ship, he has a ring on his pinky finger, the second time you see his hand it is missing, but the next shot he is wearing it again.
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As the camera pulls back after Kirk shoots the Nibiran creature, and the native Nibirans reach the spot, the creature is gone. A native even runs over the spot where the creature should have been.
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Spock chases Khan into a large building, where Khan leaps through a glass wall, and Spock follows. In the next shot, they are back on the street.
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Errors in geography 

The establishing shot of London in the beginning of the movie, just after the main title, shows the morning sun rising over the city's skyline from the west.
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Plot holes 

Admiral Marcus is holding Khan's frozen comrades hostage as leverage to force Khan to work for him, yet somehow Khan was able to get access to his people, and conceal them into the 72 photon torpedoes he helped construct. No one witnessed this, and no one noticed that Khan's people had vanished.
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After the final battle with the dreadnought class ship, when the Enterprise's engines fail, it starts dropping towards Earth. However, during the Battle both ships and the debris from the battle are clearly in a stable orbit which does not require power to maintain.
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If the Vengeance and Enterprise were both traveling at Warp, the Vengeance shouldn't have been able to fire on them with phasers. Photon torpedoes are stated to travel faster than light but not phaser beams.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Spock Prime appears on the viewscreen of the Enterprise, the image is flipped - Leonard Nimoy has an elongated earlobe on his right ear, but here it appears on the left.
In several scenes, the seat belts on board the Enterprise are clearly not attached to anything.
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(at around 1h 24 mins) While planning the space jump, Sulu's display incorrectly labels the Enterprise as NCC/0514, which is the registry for the USS Kelvin from Star Trek. It should read NCC/1701.
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Spoilers 

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Character error 

During the exchange negotiations between Khan and Spock, Khan says he will destroy the Enterprise's life support, located behind the aft nacelle. The nacelles are the two tube-like structures behind the saucer section, one to the right and the other to the left. There is no 'aft' nacelle. Also considering the nacelles protrude out behind the ship, there is nothing behind them.

Continuity 

When Kirk is at the windowed door of the warp core, Spock puts his hand on the window to match Kirk's. Spock's fingers do the Vulcan sign. In the next shot, he is not doing it anymore.
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Continuity 

When Uhura kisses Spock after Khan's capture, the starting shot has her face tilted right, but in the ending shot, her face is tilted left.
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Continuity 

When the Starship Vengeance is approaching San Francisco (when you see San Francisco in the background), the sun is in front of the ship, however when the ship hits the water after destroying Alcatraz, the sun is now behind it.

Continuity 

When Khan beams out using the trans-warp beaming device, he is in a seated position in the jump-ship. When he materializes on Qo'noS, he is in a kneeling position.

Continuity 

When Kirk grabs Scotty from the walkway, there is clearly no one nearby, and gravity is clearly sideways from the railing. So there would be no way for Chekov to appear in time to grab Kirk's hand, even if he had been working his way along the railing.
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Continuity 

Uhura teleports on the transporter to disable Khan, trying to give Spock a fighting chance; Uhura appears and disappears between shots, after she disables Khan.
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Plot holes 

We are to assume that only Khan's blood would save Kirk's life. If all of Khan's crew were also augments, then their blood could've saved Kirk as well.

Plot holes 

On board the USS Vengeance, Scotty successfully stuns Khan for several moments with a single shot from his hand phaser. Later in the movie, when Spock and Uhura are battling Khan on Earth, Uhura shoots Khan with multiple direct hits from her hand phaser with no effect.

Revealing mistakes 

When Carol is brought back to the Enterprise with a broken leg, she cannot walk without aid. However, once in the Med-Bay and camera focus shifts away, she walks normally out of the shot.

Revealing mistakes 

When Kirk is kicking the damaged warp core into correct place he is actually kicking it into wrong direction (away from the center). Miraculously the core finally goes to the right place anyway.

Revealing mistakes 

When Spock is chasing Khan in San Francisco he is holding a phaser in right hand until the scene where is jumping on to the transport where he has empty hands, until he climbs to the top of the transport where he again has the weapon in his hand so that Khan can kick it out.
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