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Anachronisms 

The rifle used by the Sniper, both in the Gulf War, and in the shooting was a M21. This sniper rifle was last used in the Grenada War and never used after. The M24 was used in the Gulf War by the US Army, it looks nothing like the M21. Later the M2010 sniper rifle was used. In the movie they show James Barr using a M21 killing contractors in the Gult War. Very inaccurate.
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Character error 

Early in the film, Jack Reacher says that there is a bus stop "3 miles away" and that he can "walk there in 24 minutes". That is a speed of 7.5 miles per hour, far faster than walking (unless Jack Reacher is a world-class race walker).
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Jack tells Helen that Barr "makes his own bullets". Someone with his knowledge of firearms would say that he reloads or that he makes his own cartridges, Barr reloaded cartridges; the bullet is just the part that exits the barrel.
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When reciting Reacher's bio to the DA, Emerson states that Reacher had served all over the world, but had never been in the U.S. until leaving the Army. This is clearly contradicted by the history given in Lee Child's books, but it is a particularly glaring error because the next movie made in the series is "Never Go Back." The plot of that book and movie relies heavily on Reacher's prior service as an MP stationed in Washington, D.C.
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Continuity 

When the coin is originally placed into the parking meter, the limit on the meter is marked as 30 minutes. Later when the police find the meter it reads 10 hour time limit. When Jack then goes back to the area in the car park where Barr set up to fire the meter once again reads 30 minute time limit.
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After the fight with Charlie, Jack's leather jacket is wet from the rain. When he walks out of the shack a couple of minutes later, it's dry.
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During the car chase scene with the police, the inspection sticker can be seen on Reacher's car. Initially it states July 2012, but then it changes to September 2012.
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When Jack saves Helen, he enters the place with wet hair, some hair on his forehead. When the scene changes (after small talk with Helen, when Jack meets The Zec), Jack's forehead is clear.
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At the bar when Jack calls Helen and Charlie, her Blackberry call timer suddenly changes from 25 to 27 to 15 seconds.
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When Jack meets Martin Cash for the first time: During the entire scene, Jack has a different hair cut compared to the rest of the movie.
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During the car chase, after Jack finds Charlie in the alley, they speed away from a parking garage entrance that's lit up with blue lighting. About twelve seconds later, Jack is drives away from that building again, without moving any farther down the alley.
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During Reacher's phone call to Charlie, the duration of the call displayed on screen varies, going from a value in the mid 20s to the low 10s as the scene goes on.
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Car chase: Jack's car lights: Rear: Left light broken/OFF. But when Jack leaves the car at the bus stop, the car keeps moving with both rear lights ON. Front: orange light on the left (driver's perspective) is broken/OFF. This changes from being off/on continuously.
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When Jack Reacher is at the office of the shooting range a semi-automatic M14 rifle is shown. He is to use that to put three bullets in the center of the target to maybe get a answer to his question. In the next scene at the shooting range he is not using the semi-automatic M14 but a repeating rifle.
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During the car chase a helicopter appears and shines a searchlight down the alleyway. The building behind the helicopter is clearly a different building than the one the cars are driving towards.
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When Helen Rodin comes out of her father's office after giving him evidence to look/investigate at Lebendauer Enterprises, Helen in the hallway turns around before the floor buffer actually turns off.
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During the car chase, the left front running light (orange, rectangular) is shown as working, then not, then working again multiple times.
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During the car chase scene with the police, Jack's car can be heard shifting gears many times when both of Jack's hands are clearly on the steering wheel.
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Position and Orientation of the pen on/off the block changes several times while Jack is interrogating Sandy in the Autopart-store.
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Factual errors 

Early in the film, Helen tells Jack that their conversation is attorney-client privileged. No competent attorney would make that claim, as discussions with non-party witnesses are not at all privileged.
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At the range, Reacher and Cash are looking at the target after Reacher puts 3 rounds through the "X" ring, The holes are perfectly round and cleanly cut. A pointed rifle bullet leaves a ragged hole and would never leave a perfectly round hole through a paper target.
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The car chase showed a single inspection sticker. Pittsburgh and Allegheny County require a Safety inspection sticker AND an Emission sticker for cars 1975 and newer.
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Revealing mistakes 

Legal documents states parties as ONLINE ARCHER vs. the LEBENHAUER corporation instead of OLINE ARCHER in 2 separate scenes
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The "highway bridge" the sniper should have used is the I-279 bridge. It is shown to have the sun behind it (west) in both the original shooting and the hypothetical discussions. This would mean it's evening (sun is low in the sky, during summertime) - not the morning, as indicated by the shooter's watch and the victims' stories.
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When James Barr is being interviewed in hospital, the latex 'scab' on his lip has clearly lifted away from his skin.
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At about 20 minutes into the movie, at least two of the $100 bills in the brown paper bag have the same serial number: HC 36466975 A.
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Emerson's watch isn't working during his interrogation of Barr.
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When Barr is shown shooting at Hinge Creek (intercut with Reacher firing a different rifle), and at various other points in the film, he obviously jerks the rifle in anticipation of the recoil-- something a trained ex-military sniper would never do.
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The shooting was supposed to have taken place in the morning, from the parkade on the south side of the river, across from PNC Park. When the emergency team arrives, the van comes from the west, casting a shadow in front of the van (east)- which would make it evening.
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Legal documents states parties as ONLINE ARCHER vs. the LEBENHAUER corporation instead of OLINE ARCHER in 2 separate scenes.
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Spoilers

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Factual errors 

At the end of the movie, when Helen is speaking to James Barr in the hospital, she advises him that the conversation is classed as privileged - meaning it is strictly between Helen as lawyer and Barr as client. However towards the end of the conversation, the camera pans rounds and reveals that District Attorney Rodin is in the door way. As DA Rodin was prosecuting Barr, this would make his presence with Helen's knowledge a violation of the lawyer/client privileged conversation.
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As they are loading Sandy's body into the ambulance you can see she is on the stretcher backwards, against universal ambulance procedure. Her feet are even lifted up in the air and her hair is spilling out from under a sheet.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Emerson is looking at Sandy's body, her pulse is clearly visible.
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Near the end of the final shootout battle, Emerson shoots at Reacher a couple of times before Reacher kills him. When Reacher enters the room, he motions to Helen to hand him Emerson's gun, which was a Glock handgun. When Reacher is taking it from her, you can clearly see that the trigger is locked to the back of the trigger guard, indicating as if the gun was dry fired and empty. Since there were no indications of anyone clearing the firearm or dry-firing it, the gun's trigger should have been in the normal, ready-to-shoot position as there was another round chambered.
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