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(I) (2012)

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Character error 

When Charlie is describing the civilizations that provided the clues and star maps leading them to the distant moon, he explains that these civilizations were all separated by centuries and had no contact. In this list he includes Sumerians, Babylonians, and Egyptians (among others). The Babylonian Empire rose out of the city-states of the Sumerians, borrowing heavily from their language, culture, and religions. It is also well known that the people of Sumer/Babylon had much contact with the ancient Egyptians via trade and war.
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Continuity 

The tattoo above Fifield's left eye disappears randomly.
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When Meredith Vickers finishes her push-ups, just after 'waking up', she is wearing cloth around her chest. After the shot where she puts on her bathrobe, she wears no cloth under the robe.
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Factual errors 

A CO2 concentration of 3% in the atmosphere is still not a lethal amount for human beings. Only after 7% does suffocation and unconsciousness begin.
In the first shot of Prometheus, it is moving at high speed. When it enters the target planet/moon's atmosphere, it must slow down which should mean that the thrusters would be pointing forwards and down, not straight backwards as seen.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

When Vickers awakes from her cryo-sleep she asks David how long they were asleep. David says "2 years, 4 months, 18 days, 36 hours and 15 minutes" - which is actually 2 years, 4 months, 19 days, 12 hours and 15 minutes. However, as this is a science fiction film, we do not know if they are stating the units of time as measured on Earth.

Plot holes 

The person whose job it is to map the structure (Fifield) then gets lost trying to leave it, despite having access to his own maps.
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Revealing mistakes 

All EKG monitors of the expedition party's HUD shows the same heartbeat pattern and rate regardless of individual or stress.
Just before Dr Holloway points out the area to land, he unstraps himself from his chair. While leaving the chair he bumps it and you can clearly see the chair is loose on the floor.
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(at around 54 mins) One of the geologists is examining the pile of bodies and it's clearly visible that one of the "alien" hands (in the right part of the screen) wiggles, as if made of rubber.
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Spoilers 

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Continuity 

When Vickers is standing and facing Weyland while she talks to him about why he made the journey, her hands change position several times. In one shot, they are in front of her while in the next shot, they are behind her.
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Revealing mistakes 

The film is flipped when Shaw picks up David's head to place into a bag. This can be most clearly seen by Shaw's camera on her left shoulder changing to her right shoulder.
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