Corrected entry: Agent Valentine, determined to hold Yuri Orlov as long as possible without charges, leaves him handcuffed at his airplane in late afternoon and departs saying he'll be back in 23 hours and 55 minutes. We then see in fast motion as the natives dismantle the airplane overnight and finish early morning. Just about when they finish, agent Valentine returns to release Yuri, thus keeping him there much shorter than he said he will, going against his word to keep him there for almost a day.Enso
Corrected entry: The Interpol agents are able to operate with impunity in Sierra Leone, including arresting Yuri, even though Yuri is a personal friend of (and operating on behalf of) the ruthless dictator who rules the country.
Corrected entry: In the opening and closing scenes, Nicholas Cage delivers a soliloquy whilst standing in what appears to be the aftermath of a battle. He is in front of some burning wreckage, power lines and a wall, standing on an almost unbroken carpet of expended cartridge cases. A quick calculation shows that there are at least hundreds of thousands and probably somewhere on the order of half a million cartridge cases in this scene, yet there is no visible bullet damage to the objects in the area, and the wall shows no bullet holes at all. Either the battle was supposed to have been fought by the most accurate marksmen in all history, or the cartridge cases where just dumped in the street by the truckload to create a particular visual impact for Cage's speech.
Corrected entry: The machine guns that Yuri makes his first sale with are described as being Uzi's. They are actually M 10 (formerly known as Ingram) machine pistols.
Corrected entry: In the arms factory sequence with beginning credits (after Nicholas Cage's opening monologue) we see rounds being produced from rough form to eventually being fired from a rifle. Although we see rounds being cut from brass, and soon after topped with the bullet itself, we never see the insertion of the primer and powder that comes before the round is capped with a bullet.
Corrected entry: Over the 20 years that the film takes place, Yuri and Jack never change their sunglasses. Yuri and Vitaly should also have aged quite a bit more although they still have the same appearance throughout the film.
Corrected entry: The first time we see Uri enter his storage compartment, the timeline is the late 1980s, yet there is a laptop set up on a table to Uri's left. This is before laptops. Strangely, the same laptop is in almost the same location in every scene involving the interior of the storage compartment.
Corrected entry: When Yuri is in Odessa talking to his wife in New York it appears to be the middle of the night in both cities. Yuri's wife is asleep so it is reasonable to assume it is after 10pm in New York. However Odessa is 8 or 9 hours ahead of New York (depending on the time of year) and is in the south of the Ukraine so even the shortest days are not particularly short. As a result, it shouldn't be pitch dark in both cities at the same time.
Corrected entry: While Yuri, Vitaly, and Andre Jr. are in the truck in the desert, Vitaly is driving. He turns the steering wheel back and forth very much, enough to make the vehicle turn a little. If you look out the driver's window, the background doesn't move with the steering. This shows how they used a green screen.
Corrected entry: In "Weapons of Trade" in the special features section the caliber of the M16/AR15 is listed as 7.62mm when in fact it is 5.56mm.
Corrected entry: Yuri suggests that 10,000 AK-47s is far too few for a battalion and that his uncle should order more. Generally a battalion is of a size up to a few thousand men, not more than 2,000. So 10,000 is already a ridiculously high number of assault rifles for them to have. Let alone the 40,000 that he actually has in his possession. Furthermore, Yuri's uncle is a major general. A battalion would be commanded by a major or a colonel. The numbers and rank would make sense if the unit was a division, not a battalion.
Corrected entry: Yuri's brother is shot a number of times and in particular he has three or four entry wounds right on the left of his chest, all of which indicate bullets entering his heart. These wounds would have caused him to be dead before he hit the ground and, needless to say, not allowed him to continue to breath or grip the grenade. If this were an action film with indestructible heroes then it wouldn't qualify as a mistake but this film strives for accuracy and realism.
Corrected entry: Yuri's storage container only has a consumer combination lock with an easy-to-figure-out combination (his son's birthday). To guard his secret supplies, it's highly unlikely that he would use such a simple setup. Any security expert will tell you to use random, meaningless combinations.