National Security

National Security (2003)

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Continuity mistake: When Steve Zahn and Martin Lawrence are driving away from the police in the junkyard, they hit a car in the junkyard, and we can see the damage inflicted on it. However, in all of the shots following the car is not damaged. (00:55:35)

Visible crew/equipment: In the scene where Martin Lawrence and Steve Zahn are in the red station wagon that Steve Zahn was unable to commandeer and was slapped silly for, they drive by a glass building and you see the camera crew and equipment on a platform in front of the vehicle, moving with them. (00:59:05)

Continuity mistake: This happens twice that I can remember in the movie, the first time in the P.T.A, when Martin crashes through the house in his car, when he lands the hubcaps fly off the car, this is very visable, but when we see the car just a few seconds later, the hubcaps are back on the car. This exact thing happens again when Martin and Steve crash through the sign at the junkyard.

Continuity mistake: When Martin and Steve are fleeing from the police (after the junkyard) as they are pulling into the car wash the rear view mirror constantly appears and disappears from the windshield of the car. In the exterior views just prior to the car wash the mirror is missing but appears to be a solid black pasted image from the interior shots. Then, inside the car wash for the exterior views the mirror is present, then is gone with the interior view. In the final fight scenes, the damage to and colour of Steve's jacket appears to change with each time the camera pans back to him inside the crane. (00:56:50)

Revealing mistake: When Martin Lawrence was trying to get into his car after he supposedly locked the keys in it, you can see in the shot from inside the car that the door was unlocked. You can tell because the orange-red sticker on the lock is showing, which wouldn't be visible if it was locked. (00:10:50)

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Continuity mistake: Steve Zahn and Martin Lawrence drive the white van out of the back of the transport truck, which flies off the bridge, and lands on the garbage barge. When it lands, an inside view of both characters shows a destroyed front window. When they climb out, the window now has a few bullet holes in it, but is mainly intact. (00:44:50)

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Continuity mistake: In the police chase scene where Earl steals the police car at the impound lot, the car they are in is 26. There are also two officers chasing them in police car 405. When this police car crashes in only show 40. The next car that crashes driven by two other officers is also numbered 26. Later it shows Earl still driving car 26. (00:54:00)

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Other mistake: When Earl and Hank are in the police car, there is one shot where you are looking from Earl's POV. In this POV the rear view mirrow is just a black outline, not a mirror. (00:54:30)

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Continuity mistake: When Martin Lawrence and Steve Zahn crash the student driver car through the freeway water barriers, when the car lands you can see that only one person is in the car instead of two, and that the car has only one steering wheel instead two. (00:40:05)

Revealing mistake: In the part where they are both in the big reds trailers back, the bad guy hits the breaks and the trailer starts sliding to the side. You can see the back wheels of the trailer turning making the trailer slide. (00:44:15)

Continuity mistake: When Martin takes the instructional car, the learning driver is wearing a seat belt. But when the camera snaps to a different angle to show the learner's back, the seat belt is magically gone and he gets out of the car without unbuckling anything. (00:37:40)

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Continuity mistake: When Earl stops the student driver car, you can see the driver get scared and lift his fingers while keeping his hands on the wheel. But the very next shot, his fingers are suddenly balled around the steering wheel again. (00:37:35)

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Factual error: At the end of the bridge shoot out, Earl and Hank accidentally drive the van off the bridge and land in a garbage barge. This would not have happened, as at the time of this movie garbage barges were no longer used for transporting trash, to make LA a greener city. Mistake admitted to on DVD Commentary. (00:44:55)

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Factual error: At the police chase training, Earl jumps out of his car and it crashes into some barrels, and causes a huge explosion. The police academy would not have had explosive barrels out on a car obstacle course like that, endangering their trainees. (00:09:45)

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Factual error: Moments before Hank sees Charlie get shot, he tries to shoot through a window to get to him. The bullets have no effect, so he says, "It's bullet proof! I'm coming in!" He tries the door, and it's locked, so shoots the window again, having absolutely no effect. The glass would have at least cracked and shown signs of where the bullets were hitting. Even bullet proof glass is damaged by bullets. This glass was in perfect condition the whole time. (00:04:35)

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Factual error: When Hank and Charlie first arrive at the warehouse that is being robbed, they shine their spotlight on the opened door. They are shining it through a gate with bars. But in the shots showing the light on the door, there are now shadows cast by the gate. (00:02:25)

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Continuity mistake: When they steal the police car and go through a wall, the blue cover for the police light flies through the air but a second later, it is back in place. (00:56:30)

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Continuity mistake: In the scene at the academy when Martin Lawrence caught the instructor and his car gets loose, just before the car hits and explodes, you can see that the car has had its light bar removed. (00:09:40)

Continuity mistake: In the beginning of the trial for Hank, the judge is announced by the bailiff as "the honorable Judge Marsha Gailey presiding". At the end of the scene when she pronounces Hank guilty her name plate says "Hon. M. Healy". (00:17:25 - 00:19:05)

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Continuity mistake: When Steve Vahn and Martin Lawrence are zooming in the police car through the car junk yard, they go off a car that is used as a ramp. When the car lands, it shows the front-left hubcap pop out. In the next shot, the hubcap is back on. (00:56:30)

Instructor: Impressive shooting, Montgomery. You realize though, that you missed the target in the middle?
Earl Montgomery: Who, the brother? Oh I wasn't shooting at him.
Instructor: Mind telling me why not?
Earl Montgomery: He don't look suspicious, to me. Look at'em. One lone brother, surrounded by four white guys with guns? The man is terrified. What you want him to do, tap dance? Don't worry brother, I got you. Don't be afraid to dial 911. I keeps it clean, when Earl Montgomery's on the scene. What the problem is?

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Trivia: It just so happened that on a day when they needed a wide angle lens to get a shot, for the over head view of Hank shooting through the wall at Nash, that the Spider-Man movie was being filmed only a few blocks away. The director of Spider-Man let the director of National Security borrow their lens long enough to get that shot, which was on screen for only about a second. (01:04:55)

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Question: Steve Zahn's character avoids being in the prison population by repeatedly hitting the prison guards and ending up in solitary confinement. Wouldn't assaulting a prison guard also add time to his sentence?


Chosen answer: It could, but they would have to bring charges against him, and have a new trial for that crime. It would most likely prevent him from getting a early parole.


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