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(2001)

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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

In the 97th minute while Jack is playing Nick, the latter suspended from the ceiling, one hear Nick breathing. For this to be heard by Jack, Nick would need to be holding down the transmission button of his radio.
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Character error 

When they are exploring the underground tunnel system, Jack reads the map and guides Nick through the network via hand-held radio. Radio transmissions can be intercepted/overheard, and relaying navigation instructions is inefficient. Why not just give a copy of the map to Nick?
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When Steven explains to Nick Wells how he hacked in to Ironclads secure server, he states that he got in at a "root COBOL level". COBOL is an obsolete mainframe programming language and has absolutely nothing to do with breaking into computer systems, and even less can you be at any form of "COBOL level" when visiting a remote computer.
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In the 40th minute Jack instructs Nick, in the Customs House, by radio to take the parallel tunnel about 150 yards. Nick replies, "About 300 yards" and is not corrected.
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In Steven's first shot, in the bottom left-hand of the frame his right hand is moving the computer mouse erratically and somewhat irrationally.
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In the 57th minute when Nick brings Jack to his office, he asks Jack if he wants coffee, to which he responds in the affirmative. They never make or have coffee.
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Continuity 

Blood under Jackie's nose suddenly disappears in the middle of his fight with Burt.
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During Max and Nick's first meeting in Nick's jazz club, the level of Nick's drink fluctuates randomly.
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Brian disappears briefly from the passenger seat of the car as he goes to pick up Nick from the sewer.
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During the scene in which Nick and Diane discuss their future over champagne, their glasses are fuller in long shots than in close-ups.
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In the park scene when Jack meets the Ironclad employee and his cousin, in between shots the wind velocity and direct change constantly.
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In the minute one sees the two security guards in the monitoring centre, with black epaulets, one guard with three gold bars and a red maple leaf on his epaulets and another guard with two epaulets and a gold maple leaf. The configuration and colour of the epaulets changes.
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In the 46th minute when Nick is escaping the sewer and Jack calls over the police officer do distract him from the escape, there was one motorcycle in front of the convenience store. When the officer and Jack part ways, there are then four motorcycles parked there.
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In the 94th minute a security guard is pictured with black epaulets on his shoulders, bearing two gold bars and a maple leaf. Earlier another guard was pictured with the same epaulets with two gold bars, but no maple leaf. The gold bars define rank, but the maple leaf would be a constant in a uniform.
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Errors in geography 

The coordinates that Jack gives to Nick are not of the customs house, which is easily located at latitude 45.502520 and longitude -73.554294, and could have been found on the Internet even when the movie was made. The coordinates shown in the movie are right in the middle of the Atlantic ocean.
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The bus stop at which Brian gets off the bus on his way to the customs house does not exist. No buses run near the Montreal customs house.
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The final bus station Jack runs to does not exist. The establishing shot before depicting a Montreal landmark facing the bus stop would place it in the middle of a popular tourist area opened only to pedestrians and cyclists in the old port of Montreal.
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Factual errors 

When Nick uses water from the fire sprinkler system to fill the safe, that should have triggered a water flow alarm. There is a detection switch that sounds an alarm if water begins flowing through the system (as this is typically caused by a sprinkler head discharging water to put out a fire), which would summon the Fire Department. In addition the water flowing out of the pipe should have been a dark brown color, not crystal clear as shown in the movie. The stagnant water in fire sprinkler systems always contains high amounts of rust, pipe oil, pipe sealant, and other sediment.
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Nick uses a PVS-14 night vision monocular to see the IR beams while he is in the basement about to go into the cage containing the safe. However IR beams do not show up red, they show up white when using night vision devices.
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The method used to blow the door off the safe by filling it with water and then igniting a charge would have completely crushed the scepter and the metal box it was in. Besides, safes aren't watertight.
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When Nick opens the second valve to let the water flow, it should steam when it hits the freshly-cut steel, but it doesn't.
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In the 141st minute when Jack/Brian is soldering atop the safe, he would have set off the smoke alarms or heat sensors, triggering a fire alarm.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

When Max writes the location for Nick to exchange the scepter for the money, he doesn't give it to Nick. As Nick leaves, his hands are empty and we didn't see him put it in his pocket. A long shot of Max shows that the paper is no where in sight.
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Plot holes 

During the planning of the robbery, it is stated that the basement of the Customs House is the most secure lockup in Eastern Canada. Yet, somehow, the Canadian authorities did not realize there was a storm drain right in the middle of the basement which gave access to a public sewer, large enough for anyone to walk through and climb up to right underneath the basement and fairly easily cut through the grate to gain access to the internal security cages.
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If Jack were caught, which he might well be, he would have every interest in telling all. Nick would have trouble explaining where he got six million from. He appears to be unknown to the local police, having always done crimes elsewhere.

Being a careful planner, Nick should have told Jack he would get a share and be looked after in prison if he were caught.
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Would an important place storing many valuable items really hire a man without carefully checking his background, which was fake?

Much more likely to hire someone whom an existing trusted member of staff could vouch for. Or with a trustworthy background like police or army.
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Jack, in his persona of Brian, frequently stops portraying Brian as having cognitive/mental health issues as soon as his co-workers disappear. Considering the number of CCTV cameras the building would have, this seems unlikely as he appears indifferent to the cameras.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Jack and Burt are in the car on their way to pick up Nick from his underground reconnoiter, there is a lamp inside the car that is shining on Jack's face, and is turned off as the car approaches the camera.
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When Nick goes to let Diane in for their dinner there is a torrential downpour outside but Diane comes in completely dry.
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In the 9th minute when Nick leaves the hideout, the window of the business next to them reads 'Miss Universe' but there is no phone number listed.
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Spoilers

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

At the end of the movie, when Nick tells Jack that now every police in the city is looking for him, in that moment he has no way of knowing about Danny the manager discovering Jack in the server room. But he does know that Jack (Bryan) didn't finish his shift, which Nick told Jack earlier would blow Jack's cover.
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Plot holes 

Jack (Brian) was actually in a position to deny the crime of having stolen the scepter. If he had resumed his "handicapped" act, coupled with the fact that he did not have physical possession of the scepter, the police would have nothing on him. If Danny had, in fact, given up his handicapped act, he could have fingered both Max and Nick, both of whom could not have denied involvement for very long, since Brian (really, Jack) would have probably received immunity or pardon, or perhaps a light sentence, for having given up his partners in crime who DID have the scepter and knew who they sold it to.
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Revealing mistakes 

In the shots where Jack is typing at the laptops wired in the control room, none of the computer behavior on the screen correspond to his actions. This is especially visible just after his faked delay, immediately following Nick's call to abort, in which a standard UNIX Bash shell prompt is shown, repeatedly running commands such as "telnet" and "ls": normal everyday computer commands which have absolutely nothing to do with camera operation.
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