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(2012)

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Jump to: Continuity (10) | Crew or equipment visible (1) | Errors in geography (5) | Factual errors (4) | Miscellaneous (1) | Plot holes (1) | Revealing mistakes (1) | Spoilers (1)

Continuity 

Before Weston arrives at Green Point Stadium the stadium shows no activity. A few seconds later when he arrives there is suddenly a soccer match on and thousands of people around.
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When the two senior CIA agents are flying from Langley to South Africa they are shown in a Falcon 900 (Tri-Jet) in the air but they arrive in a Gulfstream.
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At the end of the film an exterior shot of the British House of Commons is followed by an interior of a completely different assembly then another exterior shot of the House.
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When Wade and Frost crash after being hit by a black S.U.V. the road that they are pushed into is in full shade. Yet when their pursuers reach the crash site the road is in full sunlight and the positions of all three vehicles have changed.
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When Frost tries to escape his pursuers by cutting through the food stall arcade the shirt he's wearing changes colour from grey to blue, then back to grey, then blue, then grey.
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Frost arrives alone to Langa (to meet Carlos Villar), but two people get out of his car. One on each side.
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When a shot is fired through the windscreen of the Jaguar it leaves a hole and blood stain. A zoomed out view of the car shows an intact windscreen before showing it with the bullet hole again.
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In the shootout scene amongst the shipping containers, when Matt Weston jumps out of his truck and fires his first shot, the slide locks back on his gun, showing either a malfunction or that it's empty. Yet a moment later, he's shooting again.
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During the chase with Frost in the boot Weston gets a cut in the face. It starts on his right cheek horizontally and switches to his left cheek vertically and back several times.
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In the shootout scene in the shipping container storage area, when Matt Weston jumps out of his truck and fires his first shot, the slide locks back on his gun, showing either a malfunction or that it's empty. Yet a moment later, he's shooting again.
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Crew or equipment visible 

During the fight scene outside with Keller and Westin, you can see someone walk past them.
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Errors in geography 

The US Consulate is not in the CBD of Cape Town. It is actually in Tokai, 27km by road from where it is shown in the movie.
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There is no train station right by the Cape Town Stadium.
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Swartkops Air Force Base is not situated in Johannesburg, it is in Pretoria, 50km North of Johannesburg
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During the car chase to the consulate, Linklater says he is on Albert Road in Woodstock. Aerial shots back this up, but seconds later a gunfight ensues around a traffic circle back in the CBD, about 7km away from Albert Road.
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When CIA agents Catherine Linklater and David Barlow lands in South Africa it says Swartkop Air force base Johannesburg, but Swartkop Air force base is actual in Pretoria East.
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Factual errors 

When Weston enters the safe house for the first time he opens the fridge and there is a stock supply of O positive blood. If this is for transfusion in an emergency then O negative is the universal donor.
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When Frost alerts police at the Soccer Match of his "kidnapping" and raises his handcuffed hands above his head, the handcuffs used have had several chain-links added; probably for Denzel's comfort.

Normal police handcuffs have only two links or they have a solid hinge (and no links). Leg Irons have additional links, but have many more than are shown on these modified handcuffs.
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When they show the NSA the typed the city wrong Langely Virginia not Langley Virginia.
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In the restaurant at the beginning of the film, Weston says "I love you" to Ana in French, but instead of saying "Je t'aime" which would have been the correct phrasing, he says "Je vous aime", which is the plural or honorific form and therefore in this situation completely false. Yet, Ana, despite being a French national, does not correct him but rather compliments him by saying "I love when you speak French".
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Miscellaneous 

Despite multiple severe auto accidents. Tobin Frost (Denzel Washington) is shown to be largely uninjured until well into late in the film. The character is not buckled in during two of these crashes and yet demonstrates no sign of the broken bones, muscle tears, contusions, etc that would have occurred during the accidents.
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Plot holes 

The team sent to kill Tobin Frost has detailed inside information about his locations throughout the film and yet none of the major characters at the CIA seem to be concerned that someone in their office is the source. The matter is ignored to the point where a major character travels to South Africa to retrieve Tobin, only to be murdered by the inside source and apparently being unaware of that person's treachery even then.

That there was at least one traitor in their ranks and what should be done about it is never discussed during the film even though that fact hampers all of the efforts to retain or retrieve Tobin.
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Revealing mistakes 

During the multiple car chases shown in the film people and drivers are shown being aware of the on-going chase well before they could see it or hear it. Pedestrians are shown running across streets before vehicles turn the corner on their street. And drivers are shown slowing down or speeding up when the chase vehicles are on roadways next or above theirs and have yet to drive onto their own.
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Spoilers

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Continuity 

When Linklater pulls up behind Barlow, the driver's door on Barlow's vehicle is open, and when we see him from the passenger side, it is open. But after he shoots Linklater, we see from the outside again that the door is closed.
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