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Jump to: Boom mic visible (1)  | Continuity (9)  | Factual errors (5)  | Miscellaneous (2)  | Plot holes (1)  | Revealing mistakes (6)

Boom mic visible 

When Trent walks in to the squad room talking to someone you see the boom mic follow them and than pull back
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Continuity 

When the delivery boy drops off a bag of groceries for Ray Quick, he opens the door, which is at the corner of the building, and picks up the bag. When he goes back inside and closes the door, there is a wall and window next to the door, not the building corner.
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May accepts a glass of champagne from Tomas, despite holding one a moment earlier.
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The letters on the hotel room door change size and style when seen from the inside after the door is opened.
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When the door is unlocked and opened into Ray Quick's hotel room, the room number changes from the left unopened door to the right opened door, the room number font type changes and a peep hole appears in the center of the door.
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The window in the hotel was broken by the henchman flying through it. But when the room falls into the water the glass is fine.
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The blood on May Munro's lower lip disappears and reappears during a confrontation with Ned Trent.
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When Ray and May are escaping his compound in the escape tunnel, it shows part of the concrete ceiling give way and collapse on the tunnel floor. The next time we see them, moments later, the escape tunnel is clear of all debris.
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Ray Quick puts explosives in the crack of the window, in the hotel. But when the bombs go off there is no explosion from the explosive in the window.
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When Ned sarcastically demonstrates his expertise in the police station, he starts the bomb timer at 20 seconds and mouths off for at least 10 seconds. But when the timer is shown again it is ticking down from 13 to 12.
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Factual errors 

In the 1984 prologue, Ray and Ned are on a CIA mission in Colombia and are wearing military fatigues. As noted in the Tom Clancy novel Clear and Present Danger, which was set in Colombia during the 1980s, fatigues are not commonly worn by legitimate military personnel in Colombia and would not be used by covert operatives there. The proper "blending in" outfit in this situation would be some kind of khaki gear.
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Ending the phone calls after 58 seconds would not have prevented Ray Quick from being traced.
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The first time Ray calls May, he looks at her message on his computer with her phone number. The number he dials is not the same one that is on his computer screen. He also doesn't put any money into the payphone.
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When Ray calls Ned at the police station, he times the call so that he wouldn't be 'traced' and clears it after precisely 58 seconds. The call would have been via digital exchange and the number would have been displayed instantly as it is a feature provided for billing purposes. Previous electro mechanical (strowger) exchanges required time for the call to be manually traced through selector banks and distribution frames, often through several different buildings miles apart and always referring to wiring records. The time taken varied enormously and depended upon the skill and knowledge of the engineers. Strowger exchanges are now obsolete and would have been highly unlikely to be operating in the area of Florida where the movie is set. Hollywood even today has not moved on from this antiquated and outdated plot device.
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When Ned's team first walks into the hotel room, the standard Ma Bell message "Your call cannot be completed as dialed. Please check the number..." can be heard from the off-hook phone. A few seconds later, it changes to the more logical "If you'd like to make a call, please hang up and...." In either case, however, the Ma Bell messages would not be heard through a phone connected to a hotel switchboard.
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Miscellaneous 

Mayte Vilán is listed as "Ordinance Expert". An "ordinance" expert would be someone with detailed knowledge of laws while an "ordnance" expert would have knowledge of explosives.
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When Ray and May are at the Hotel getting ready to make love she tosses her purse on the bed and it can be clearly seen, but a few seconds later while they are undressing each other the purse has vanished.
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Plot holes 

It doesn't make sense that May and Tomas are the same age, if he had killed her parents when she was a child.
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Revealing mistakes 

The scene in which Ray sets a trap in his high rise balcony hotel room overlooking the water was spectacular, but from a construction or physics perspective it was preposterous. No amount of explosives placed on the surface of the floor, walls and ceiling could have caused the balcony to break off cleanly as depicted. Ray would have had to have hired crews to use heavy equipment to drill into the concrete and then place explosives inside the concrete. Obviously the hotel would not have cooperated with Ray's remodeling.
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When Tomas was kissing May in the car he was sitting in the left side of her but after they reach to May's place she was getting out of a car from left side.
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Obvious stunt double at the bridge explosion.
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When May is dropping her clothes on the floor of her apartment, she is dropping them on an obvious floor mark.
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In the prelude fight between Ray and Ned, a few of the blows and kicks obviously hit nothing but air.
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After confronting Stallone at the restaurant with a gold colored knife, Thomas (Eric Roberts) gets in the car on the left side of Sharon Stone. When the car pulls in to her place he is on the right side of her.
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