Corrected entry: It's perfectly legal for cops to hold suspects at gunpoint when making an arrest. So when Newman caught Royce holding Sheridan at gunpoint, he could've just taken him into custody and killed him later. Instead he does the stupidest thing possible, he shoots Newman, which also lets Sheridan escape.
Corrected entry: After Tommy Lee Jones examines Robert Downey Jr's Glock in the hospital and replaces the full clip with an empty one, Downey Jr should have known from the gun's weight and balance that the clip was empty. A law enforcement clip usually holds 12 rounds, which made a considerable amount of difference to the weight of the gun.
Corrected entry: The prisoner transport plane is supposedly going from Chicago to New York. While on the plane, one of the guards makes a comment about being only 20 minutes from landing (in New York). Later when the plane crashes they are within 20 miles of the Illinois/Kentucky border near North Central Kentucky, which makes no sense because 1) it is quite a trip to be only 20 minutes from New York and 2) why would the plane go a couple hundred miles south of Chicago before going east to NY, and then soon after Wesley Snipes is in Paducah, which is over a hundred miles away from North Central Kentucky.
Corrected entry: In the scene where Tommy Lee Jones goes back to Wesley Snipes' hospital room and finds Robert Downey Jr. about to execute Snipes, RDJ turns his gun on TLJ and pulls the trigger. We hear the click of the hammer dropping and, in frustration, RDJ pulls the trigger again, and again, we hear the hammer dropping on an empty chamber. Glock pistols are not able to be fired unless the slide moves all the way to the rear, so after the first shot, RDJ would have had to work the slide to be able to pull the trigger again. He didn't do that, though, so there should not have been a second click.
Corrected entry: After the plane crash, the prisoners and the guards get into the water to swim to shore. It's obviously a bit of a swim, especially if you watch how long it takes for Gerard to get over. However, in the next scene there are overview shots, and the plane is much closer to land.
Corrected entry: One of the search scenes takes place in a mangrove swamp, supposedly in Kentucky. There are no such swamps in Kentucky.
Corrected entry: When Wesley Snipes is escaping through what appears to be an old folks home he makes for the front door only to find Noah coming in. He shoots at him and breaks the glass in the doors. Later when the police arrive we see Noah at the doors and the glass appears to be intact.
Corrected entry: When the Marshals follow the guy in the green cap into the cemetery we see him unlocking a white door and going inside a building. TLJ and another deputy sit and wait for him outside. When we see him exit you'll notice the door is now a brown wooden door.
Corrected entry: The plane crashes, and Gerard and the other guards are fighting to get the prisoners out of the plane. Someone calls out for Gerard to leave the plane, as it is starting to sink, and you see the water level rise considerably. Gerard eventually leaves at least two of the prisoners behind, as there is no time to save them. In the next scene it is the following morning, and you see overview pictures of the crash site. The plane is up-side-down, but the water level isn't even near the planes windows. Not a chance that anyone would be at the risk of drowning in a few inches of water.
Corrected entry: When Tommy Lee Jones has his gun brought to him in the restaurant, he checks the gun by pulling back the slide. However, rather than letting the slide go, he moves it down by hand. With a Glock, this could result in a jammed cartridge - a man of his characters experience would, first, realize that and second, want to reduce errors when chasing a dangerous fugitive.
Corrected entry: After the crash when the search is started, Gerard calls for a search of all counties south of the Alexander/Pulaski border. The crash site occurred in Pope county and neither Massac or Pope are mentioned in the search.
Corrected entry: After the plane crashes into the river, and they show Tommy Lee Jones and the agents checking the condition of the prisoners, don't you think they would check to see if the pilot, co-pilot and engineer are still alive? They might have survived since the front end, where the cockpit is, is still well above the water.
Corrected entry: In the scene where Gerard asks Robert Downey Jr about getting the tapes from the UN security camera, look at RDJ's desk. One minute the laptop's there, and there's some paper in a neat pile. Next, the laptop is gone, and the paper is spread out.
Corrected entry: From the plane crash scene: On touchdown, the pilots attempts to slow the plane are apparently restricted to pulling the parking brake and waiting for the plane to stop. However, commercial jets have thrust reversers and spoilers that should have been used in this situation and were not. Most also have anti-skid brakes (similar to a car's ABS system) that would be far more effective than using the parking brake. A Boeing 727 has excellent short-field landing characteristics and should be able to come to a stop much faster than depicted in the movie.
Corrected entry: As the plane is overturned in the swamp the marshals go to retrieve their guns from the compartment, yet the guns are right side up, they wouldn't be if the plane overturned.
Corrected entry: In the scene where the plane crashes and goes sliding down a hill, it seems to be sliding at a fast pace for a couple of minutes. When the plane is stopped at the bottom of the hill and the camera focuses on the actors walking away from the scene, you can see in the background that the hill can be no taller than 20-30 feet which should only take a matter of seconds to slide.
Corrected entry: When in the hospital Tommy Lee Jones asks to see Robert Downey's Glock. While looking at it he removes the full magazine, and replaces it with an empty one. In the next scene when Downey pulls his gun to shoot Jones it just clicks as if empty. What about the round that was still in the chamber? Jones never cleared the chamber in the prior scene.