Speed
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Other mistake: Towards the end when Dennis Hopper is on the subway train with Sandra Bullock, he has a gun in one hand and the detonator in the other. However, when the camera cuts to a close-up of him handcuffing Sandra to the pole, both hands are empty. If he took his hand off the detonator, the explosives attached to Sandra should've exploded, but they didn't. In the next shot, both items are back in his hand. (01:39:50)

Other mistake: As the first bus explodes on its way from the cafe, we can see a blonde pedestrian casually walk past a window with her ears covered. At no point does she even stop to glance at the burning wreck. It seems (from her perspective) as though the explosion were merely an inconvenient loud noise and nothing worth noticing. (00:27:55)

ryguy_1983

Other mistake: In the scene where Jack and Annie escape from the bus after they have gotten all the passengers off, when Annie is tying up the wheel, if you look closely, you can see that the gas gauge is at about 3/4 full. Isn't the gas tank supposed to be almost empty? (01:29:35)

Other mistake: Just after the police close the roads in front of the news crews and the black police chopper lands in the road. There is a scene where the bus passes under a flyover with a police escort but the police car in front of the bus nearly stops, making the bus brake hard and nearly stop, bringing it well below 50 mph.

Mark Gibbs

Other mistake: When Harry has gone to the house of Dennis Hopper, he is able to move around as freely as any other member of the raid team. His limp appears to have disappeared completely, after having changed legs in the bar earlier in the movie.

Other mistake: During the scene where Jack and Annie escape from the bus using the hatch door on the bus floor, they lay on it sideways holding on to each other. If you had a chance to look at the bus from various other camera shots during the film the gap between the undercarriage and the runway was too small for them to do this, the rear bumper also seems to hang lower.

Other mistake: As Traven is about to slide under the bus on the small trolley, you can see his feet are only just going to get under the bus. Cut to a camera shot from the side, and now the front of the bus is significantly higher.

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Other mistake: When Jack and Harry are going down the elevator rope to the freight elevator, in the shot that shows Jack sliding down the ropes, you can see that the roof ends at floor 23 or 24, but there are supposed to be 48 floors.

Other mistake: When the safety cable goes taut and stops the falling elevator, a woman standing in the corner is shown to fall through a hole in the floor. However, the hole in the floor was plainly visible in the bottom of the elevator as it was falling. As the hole was more than wide enough for the woman's legs to fall through, she couldn't have been standing in that corner as it was falling.

Other mistake: The bus is supposed to maintain a speed higher than 50 mph to avoid disaster. But at one point where the baby carriage full of cans falls to the pavement and starts tumbling we can see part of the bus in the background, slowed to a crawl and certainly not traveling at least 50 mph. (00:50:20)

ryguy_1983

Other mistake: Tuneman's Jaguar has 127 miles accumulated on the odometer (brand new, effectively). It comes into view once when Jack notices that the bus is quickly decelerating to a very dangerous speed. However when we see Jack grab a mobile phone, there is excessive wear and tear on the center console beneath it, to the point where complete deterioration has occurred in the high stress areas - characteristic of a much older vehicle. Hard to believe such a thing would happen to a vehicle of that caliber in such a short length of time. So it's possible that the odometer we see moments before isn't even from Tuneman's Jaguar at all. (00:38:20)

ryguy_1983
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Revealing mistake: If you look at the missing part of the bridge, and look at the shadow underneath, the shadow is of a full bridge. (01:02:35)

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Suggested correction: This might be correct, but it depends on the sun's position. If the sun is to the far left of the shot, the gap in the shadow would appear somewhere far to the right of where the actual gap is.

Nice try. Look at the shadows of the bridge trestles and those on the small brown building to the right of the photo. The sun is to the left of the bridge, and the shadow is exactly what you would expect to see if the bridge was complete - which it was, by the way. The "gap" is CGI.

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