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Character error 

Grenoble is mentioned by McClane as being a Swiss city. It is actually in France, more than 100km on the other side of the Swiss/French border.
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Chernobyl did not "meltdown" as mentioned by both John and Jack multiple times. The pressure vessel ruptured due to a loss of cooling.
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Continuity 

When John and Jack are stealing a car outside a nightclub, they are trying to pick the lock of a Maserati Quattroporte. Even the car key John produces, and the subsequent shot of a trunk full of guns is that of a Quattroporte. However in the following shots, they are driving a Maybach 57.
During the car chase following the bombing of the courthouse, the streets switch back and forth from being dry to being wet, and back again.
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After the breakout from the courthouse Jack and Komarov are handcuffed when they are in the blue van. When John stops the van and they get out, the handcuffs are gone.
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While John and Jack held up at the Ball room by Alik with their hands tied, Jack cuts his way using the knife he had hidden in his socks. We see John jumping at Alik with his hands tied and in the next scene, his hands are untied and has got hold of a gun.
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During the chase two cars (blue & silver) are involved in a t-bone accident, but when the armored truck punches through they are head to head.
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(at around 20 mins) When McClane is chasing after Jack, at the moment when McClane rams the truck chasing Jack and says, "Jack! I'm not done talking to you!" there is a brief shot of Jack driving the blue van with the driver's side on the right side of the van. In all other scenes, the driver's side of the van is on the left.
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During the first escape scene, the same gray Mazda 6 is visible multiple times (at complete different locations: parked, at the highway, in the city, stopping when car falls down from overpass).
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During the chase scene, the vehicle John is driving rolls with it landing on its wheels. They next shot of john shows him falling out of his vehicle which is now laying on its side.
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In the chase scene, the blue van with Jack and Komarov. The left headlight is loose (broke). But in the next shot, it looks like he's made. The shot after, the headlight hangs again.
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After escaping the first ambush, the bullet wound in Komarov's arm briefly disappears.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When the small blue car (Renault Clio) is hit during the chase in the beginning of the movie, the quad or motorcycle which is carrying the cameraman is visible for a short moment.
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Errors in geography 

When McClane arrives at the airport Hungarian and European Union flags are visible in the background.
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During the chase scene on the highway Hungarian ads for IKEA and Árkád can be seen on light poles.
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After a fight both main characters Travel to Chernobyl, fully armed, by freeway having a light conversation. Chernobyl is not in Russia but is actually a territory of Ukraine. It is more than one evening's drive, there are no freeways and two fully armed Americans would not be able to make this crossing from one country to another with out being stopped.
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Factual errors 

The Chernobyl reactor at Pripyat was an RBMK, a graphite-moderated reactor, which uses natural uranium, not enriched uranium. There would be no bomb-grade uranium in the reactor or produced by the reactor, only U-238 which is useless in weapons.
Vehicles throughout the film have license plates with letters unique to the Russian language, but no such letters are used on license plates.
The "Reaper" drone mentioned in the first action sequence refers to the General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper. It is a propeller-powered drone, unlike the one shown in the film. The drone in the film looks more like the jet-powered Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton.
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The boxes used to store and move the enriched uranium have both the radiation symbol (correct) and the biohazard symbol (incorrect) on them. Biohazard symbols are used to indicate materials of biological origin.
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(at around 30 mins) After Jack picks up John on the bridge, the scene switches to Chagarin on the phone about to be informed that Komarov has escaped. The conversation begins with Chagarin saying, "The elections are next week," but the translation is rendered as "The appointment is next week."
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When Komarova takes Collins' cell phone to call his his daughter, Irina in the safehouse, the dial pad is clearly showing on the screen. It's clearly a touch screen smartphone running Android OS. When a call is connected on a smart phone running Android OS, the dial pad disappears and the in-call screen shows.
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Plot holes 

All roads leading into the Chernobyl/Pripyat exclusion zone have military checkpoints - yet neither the villains or the heroes seem to have any trouble gaining access.
CIA (or otherwise) operated US drones would not be allowed, or even able, to perform surveillance flights over Moscow, Russia's seat of government and home to both the Russian Ministry of Defense and the Russian Air Force's headquarters.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Komarov calls his daughter, the cell phone is not in call mode (there is still a green "Call" button on the screen).
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During the car chase John is called twice by Lucy and the same clip of him saying, "I'll have to call you back," is used both times. It's obviously out of place the second time because he shouldn't be going downhill.
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During the whole scene in the nuclear facility except where the uranium is stored, everyone is wearing protective gear except Jack and John who are seemingly not affected by the radiation.
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After bribing the hotel staffer for the access card John McClane swipes the card in the elevator with the reader strip faced out so that the machine would be unable to read the card.
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Spoilers 

The goof item below may give away important plot points.

Continuity 

In the end when John and Jack jump from the second floor while the helicopter crashes into the building they drop through a glass roof then into a pool of water. The camera follows them into the water. The next clip is at "pool"-level viewing the surface and the exploding helicopter outside. The surface of the pool is undisturbed.
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