Corrected entry: Ben, Abigail and Riley are able to escape by a stealing his father's Cadillac De ville. The Cadillac De ville has an on star system that would allow the FBI to track them and intercept them, ruining any chances of escape for the three. The FBI would ask Ben's father what kind of car he has, and he would tell them. On star systems are very difficult to disable, taking several hours. By then, the FBI probably would gotten to Ben's father's house before Ben, Abigail, and Riley could escape.
Corrected entry: In the scene where Abigail and Riley are running from the bad guys, Riley bumps into some people but Abigail runs into traffic and drops the Declaration of Independence, which is in just a clear, plastic cover. In the next shot, after she's almost hit by a truck, Ian comes and picks up the Declaration of Independence, which is now in a white container; he even unscrews the lid to take out the Declaration.
Corrected entry: When Ben, Riley, Ian and Shaw are on the Charlotte after Ben rolls the pipe with his blood on it in the notebook, somehow, the start of the clue is at the top of the notebook and it ends at the right place. How did Ben start rolling at exactly the right point on the pipe?
Corrected entry: The Knights Templar are mentioned a number of times during the film as if they were part of Freemasonry. They were not. They were a Catholic order of Knights who were originally established in the 1100's to protect the Holy Land. They had nothing to do with Freemasonry.
Corrected entry: When Ben and company finally find the national treasure, among the artifacts present are what appear to be Egyptian statues. America was not involved in Egyptology at the time of the Founding Fathers. Napoleon Bonaparte's invasion of Egypt introduced Egyptology to Europe in the early 1800's, but there is no record of the United States acquiring Egyptian treasures at that time.
Corrected entry: In a scene near the end, Ben sticks the bottom of the pipe into a lock device on the wall and is able to easily spin it counter-clockwise to open the door. This lock device has been deep underground for well over 200 years, and he's able to spin it with a flimsy pipe with one hand? Why hasn't it rusted?
Corrected entry: When Ben trades the cashier the one-hundred dollar bill back for his watch, she doesn't put the money back in the register.
Corrected entry: When Ben and Riley are trying to figure out Abagail's password to enter the room with the Declaration, Riley reads the result "Valley Frog", seen onscreen. Ben says it's "Valley Forge" and that she pressed the E and L twice. This suggests that Riley's password cracking program does not account for the fact that the letters can be used twice. If this is true, then "Valley Frog" should not have been a result in Riley's program because it has two L's.
Corrected entry: When the whole group is underneath Trinity Church they give Ian Howe another clue. Patrick Gates tells him: "signal Paul Revere that the British were coming, one if by land, 2 if by sea." When Howe is gone, Dr. Chase asks: "what's going on? If the British came by sea was 2 lanterns, not one." That's exactly what Gates said, so no point for Chase to 'correct' old Gates. One of the two should have said it the other way round.Ronnie Bischof
Corrected entry: When Gates is walking towards the room where the Declaration of Independence is, he is wearing nothing on his hands, but when he is pulling the sheet off of the glass frame he is wearing white gloves.
Corrected entry: When Ben meets Abigail for the first time in her office, he admires her collection of Washington's campaign buttons. In fact, there is no such thing as a Washington campaign button, since presidential campaigns (as we know them today, with a candidate declaring the desire to be president and actively promoting himself or herself) did not come into existence until the mid-1800's. Washington never "ran" for president. In fact, at the time it would have been considered very un-gentlemanly and arrogant to publicly express your interest in the office. There were however buttons made to commemorate his inauguration and his presidency itself (saying "Long Live the President", etc., but nothing like those seen in the film), and these are, indeed, collector's items.
Corrected entry: Ben had digital scans of the Silence Dogood letters before ever having gotten the clue about "The key in Silence undetected". Obviously, he'd need the originals that his father had to get scans, and Ben seems surprised when his dad tells him that he donated the letters. Ben didn't meet his father between going to the Charlotte and the National Archives (as evidenced by Patrick's shock at the fact that Charlotte was a ship), so why did Ben have the scans of the Silence Dogood letters when as far as he knew, he didn't need them?Brad
Corrected entry: When Ben is escaping from the National Archives with the Declaration of Independence, he has to pay for it at the gift shop. As seen later in the film, the gift shop does use bar codes. Why would the cashier not have scanned the real document for a bar code?
Corrected entry: Near the beginning of the movie, while inside the Charlotte, Ben says "on the back of a resolution". How does he know the secret coding is on the back of a document?
Corrected entry: After cracking the clue of Silent Dogood letters, while leaving the shopping mall, Riley asks Ben and Abigail, "Who was the first to propose daylight saving time?". They reply "Benjamin Franklin". But, it was George Vernon Hudson in 1895. (Source: Wikipedia).
Corrected entry: When Riley uncovers the frozen seaman in his hammock, he gets scared/excited, starts flailing his arms and knocks both hammocks on either side of him as he falls backward. That would have left both hammocks moving/swinging a little. But in the very next frame where Riley is still making noises and turns over on all fours, we see the hammock on the left side of the screen as still as the dead.Sheri Hartman
Corrected entry: After Ben takes the Declaration of Independence in its case into the elevator, we see him start to remove screws again. When we see the back, there are two screws out in the two compartments next to the one Ben is taking a third screw out. There's no way he had time to take out 2 plus screws from the time he started while in the elevator and the time we see the back with the screws out.Sheri Hartman