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Continuity 

(at around 1h 30 mins) The SEALs attack after midnight. Later, when Leah talks to Mike on the phone, her watch shows 11:30 PM.
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Jump to: Character error (10) | Continuity (11) | Errors in geography (2) | Factual errors (17) | Plot holes (1) | Revealing mistakes (7) | Spoilers (10)

Character error 

Kang uses the term "Sea of Japan". Koreans (both North and South) use the term "East Sea", as they find the term "Sea of Japan" offensive. A hardcore Korean nationalist like Kang would use the term "East Sea" as well.
When the two Korean terrorists destroy the security checkpoint buildings with RPGs, they stand directly behind each other. That is extremely dangerous due to the rockets' back blast.
Trained gunmen on both sides stand in clear view and make it convenient for the enemy to shoot them, ignoring nearby cover.
When everyone is assembled in the Situation Room, General Clegg states that they are now at DEFCON 4. The DEFCON system runs from 5 (peacetime) to 1 (war). General Clegg should have said that they were at DEFCON 2.
In several shots, TV news programs show the "Whitehouse" instead of "White House".
During one news channel's coverage of the attack, the title reads "Terrorist Attack The White House" instead of "Terrorists Attack The White House" or "Terrorist Attack on The White House".
During the snowstorm, when the First Lady is in the car, going to the party, she is not wearing a coat.
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Secret Service Director Jacobs says activating the ICBM self-destruction program would make the U.S. vulnerable to nuclear missile attack. Aside from the fact that the self-destruct program does not exist, the ICBM, SLBM, and bomber force only deters such an attack. America does not have a deployed, large-scale missile defense system, and did not pursue one under the ABM Treaty with the USSR.
During a heavy snowstorm, the roaming security guards at Camp David wear white, winter camouflage uniforms. When the Presidential motorcade leaves, the guards at the gate are in dress uniforms.
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Around 95 mins, the new caster reporting on the withdrawal of the Seventh Fleet, said Mr. Lee is the Prime Minister of Korea, instead of the Prime Minister of South Korea.
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Continuity 

When Morgan Freeman first appears on the news, he is introduced as Speaker Alex Trumbull. For the rest of the film, he is called Speaker Allan Trumbull.
Mike Banning's beard grows shorty after he has coffee with Secret Service Director Lynn Jacobs, and leaves a phone message to his wife.
Near the beginning of the movie, in the Presidential Limousine, the First Lady's seatbelt is on, then off, then on again.
The message shown when Kang ends a call to the command center is different every time. The first time, it says "P.E.O.C. Terminated Communication", the second time it's "Communication Terminated", and the third time, "Communication Terminated By The White House: P.E.O.C.".
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After the AC-130 is shot down, interior shots show a Boeing 727 cockpit.
(at around 12 mins) When Banning is drinking coffee and talking about why he missed poker, his coffee mug on the table goes from the left side, to the right, and then back to the left.
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After Banning and Connor emerge from between the walls, Banning shoots his pistol to slide lock. He immediately drops the pistol and draws another. In the next shot he is still holding the empty pistol.
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After the two terrorists bomb the two stations with R.P.G.s, terrorists and Secret Service agents fight near the driveway. In an overhead shot of the explosion, as the smoke clears, no one is near the black armored cars.
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(at around 1h 27 mins) Banning is seen with what looks like a Motorola Bluetooth. Later, (at around 1h 34 mins), he is seen with what looks like a Plantronics-type Bluetooth with a long-boom. A few minutes later he is back to the Motorola.
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A wounded soldier is in the ER. No military personnel were involved in the defense of the White House; they showed up after it has been taken.
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During the initial ground fight on the North lawn (31:00) Mike shoots a female sniper in the head. While we see the impact and blood through her hat on her left temple, when her hat falls off the bullet wound is on her right temple.
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Errors in geography 

When Banning's wife watches the news with other medical staff, one staffer's white coat has the logo for North Louisiana Hospital. They are supposed to be in Washington D.C..
A caption on a TV news report reads "Southeast Asia On Brink Of War". Korea is in northeast Asia.
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Factual errors 

The intruding Gunship shoots down both planes sent to intercept it. In real life, to avoid incidents like that, one interceptor establishes visual contact with the intruder and flies beside him. The other plane flies behind the intruder to shoot him down if the first interceptor experiences hostile action.
When the South Korean premier arrives at the White House, a Secret Service agent greets him. Protocol dictates that he should be met by a member of the President's cabinet.
It makes no sense for the Chairman of the Joints Chiefs of Staff to have a nuclear missile self-destruct code. The Chain of command for employment of nuclear forces consists The President, the Secretary of Defense, and the Commander of U.S. Strategic Command (stationed at Offutt AFB, Nebraska). Plus, nuclear missiles have no self-destruct capability.
When the AC130 gunship is shot down, it's called a "bogey," which is an unidentified contact. It was identified as a foe, so it should have been called a "Bandit."
The C-130 evades the SAMs launched from the White House by emitting flares. That is highly improbable even for a modified C-130.
In the film, the Presidential limousine has standard doors and windows, with no armor plating or ballistic glass. In real life, the Presidential limousine is so heavily armored, the Secret Service calls it "The Beast."
The South Korean prime minister is mainly a ceremonial position, concerned with domestic affairs. Meetings with high-profile foreign heads of state, such as the U.S. president, would be handled by the South Korean president.
In the film, ICBMs are all over the US. In real life, all 450 US ICBMs are in Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, and Colorado.
The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, a military officer, runs to the PEOC with his hat on. Military personnel remove their hats indoors, unless they carrying a firearm.
A satellite telephone would not work indoors.
All references to NORAD are incorrect. NORAD (the North American Aerospace Defense Command) is a combined command with the mission of detecting and reporting attack on North America. It possesses no nuclear weapons. Strategic Command is responsible for strategic attack, and the ICBMs would be operated by the Air Force Global Strike Command.
Even if an AC-130 could be modified with 4 miniguns (2 on each side) to fire upon the F-22s flying side by side, the same AC-130 with the same loadout could not fire directly perpendicular to the AC-130's flight trajectory. To fire the miniguns on civilians and law enforcement, the pilot would have to roll the plane to at least a 45-degree angle, making 2 miniguns inoperable.
General Clegg has Marksmanship badges on his uniform. Traditionally, US Army Officers do not wear those awards.
U.S. forces in the movies are repeatedly shown using Russian BTRs (armored personnel carriers) instead of U.S. equipment.
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The small, electric drone that was launched around 7 pm spots incoming helicopters at 11 pm. It would not have the power to remain in flight for over 4 hours.
The Washington Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) extends 30 nautical miles into the Atlantic. NORAD would have intercepted the gunship well before it hit land.
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When the AC-130 is intercepted by two USAF aircraft right before the attack, they are both shot down after the AC-130 deploys cannon on both flanks. In real life, all AC-130 variants have cannon only on the left side. The aircraft attacks by performing a left-hand pylon turn centered on its target. It's intended as an air-to-ground weapon system, not air-to-air.
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Plot holes 

Mike hasn't been to the White House in 18 months, yet all of the lock codes are the same.

Revealing mistakes 

The White House is not nearly as bright white as depicted in the movie. The White House's front lawn is much deeper than depicted.
In the hospital, a bloodied man is put in a wheelchair to be helped. His amputated left arm is obviously an old, well-healed amputation.
During the fly-by attack of the C-130, a sniper fires a bolt-action rifle continuously without cycling the action.
At about 20 mins, as the South Korean vehicle convoy goes through the White House gate towards the portico drive, the time is 1900 hrs., but the shadows at the base of the trees is symmetrical, rather than extended towards the east side of the tree, as it would be at this time of day.
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When the R.P.G is fired into the White House the three stunt men that are flung by the blast are clearly on wires. Not only do they fly through the air in a completely unnatural manner - they're quite obviously on wires - but two of the three men bounce upwards, towards the end of their fall, without ever touching the floor.
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During the SEAL incursion, the slide on Banning's pistol is either locked back or jammed open, meaning the pistol is empty.
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When the President's son is playing Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception on his Playstation 3, the controller is turned off. When the TV is turned off he hits the power button the light on the controller comes on and you hear the "beep" as the PS3 powers up.
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Spoilers

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Character error 

When Banning discovers the President's son in the walls, the kid is hiding because he knows people are after him. Yet when the glare of a flashlight attached to a gun blinds him in the face, he jumps into that person's arms, even though he has no idea who is holding the gun.

Continuity 

After the Hydra is destroyed, the news feed shows no smoke. In a later scene, a great deal of smoke billows from the building.
At the beginning of the attack after the jet crashes it makes the Washington Monument crumble down to bricks. Later on, after the White House has been taken down and we see TV teams live reporting about the attack, the Washington Monument can still be seen standing in the Background.
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Around 49 mins, Banning tells the secret service director that all agents have been wiped out, and there are no survivors. At that same moment, he logs in to the president's computer to delete all classified files. The background of the computer shows that there are still secret service agents online, like we were shown at around 36 mins before they all died.
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Factual errors 

During the attack, the Speaker of the House is "officially" placed under Secret Service protection because the President and Vice President are incapacitated. The Speaker of the House already qualifies for such protection.
A nuclear weapon's self-destruct system should deactivate the device, not detonate it.
At approximately 27:14 after the Washington Monument is struck by the attacking aircraft we see the monument collapsing, the scene changes to the ground where we see stones landing everywhere there are several sections of the monument that fall in full sections. This is very unlikely as the Washington Monument is a "FREE STANDING" building there is no mortar or cement holding the stones together. at best sections would have fallen near each other not as solid pieces.
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Plot holes 

The president orders his staff to reveal their codes to avoid them being tortured because he says he will never reveal his own code. But why wouldn't he reveal his own code to avoid his staff being tortured again in the end?
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When talking to the president, the lead terrorist states "It takes 15 minutes for your armed forces to reach the White House, We took it down in 13." However, After they officially confirm it has been taken over, the armed forces arrive in what seems to be moments later,
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At around 36 and 49 mins, we are shown and told the number of secret service agents that are still online/alive. It is not possible for them to know this outside of the white house because the terrorists didn't destroy their ear pieces/communication devices. They only killed them.
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