Continuity mistake: When John and Mai are fighting at the power plant, John tosses Mai up against a glass board. Her pony tail has come undone and her hair is a big mess. You see Mai from the back as she gets up to come after John. Her hair is now neatly combed and back in a pony tail. But as she begins to fight, her hair is once again undone and messy.
Continuity mistake: When McClane first brings Farrell to the Cyber division, McClane has a cut over his eyebrow that he gets from a fight scene later in the film. [This mistake is pointed out in the DVD audio commentary: this scene was filmed after said fight scene was completed. Still a mistake, though.]
Continuity mistake: John throws Matt to the floor when Matt is first being shot at. John lays on Matt to protect him and you can see that John's legs are off to Matt's left and are lying flat on the floor. The scene cuts to a view that's from behind their feet and now John's legs are no longer flat on the floor, his lower body is turned and he is lying on his right hip.
Continuity mistake: John's face is all bloody after he rolls from the car and "kills a helicopter with a car". The blood on his face constantly changes during the shots. Sometimes there is blood all over his face, sometimes there is quite a bit less. Sometimes he has blood streaming from the cut on his nose, sometimes there is nothing on his nose. The blood changes back and forth, so it's not just him wiping the blood away from his face (and his hands are by his sides during all the shots).
Continuity mistake: Near the end of the film FBI operatives rappel down from helicopters for speed and immediately enter the warehouse where John McClane and friends are. Almost immediately Bowman appears and vouches for the three left alive in the building. He got there very quickly considering his helicopter was still in the air when the operatives were landing.
Continuity mistake: When McClane and Farrell are fired upon during the escort to DHS, Agent Johnson is killed and slumps against the steering wheel. In the next shot he is alive, looking back through the car's rear windshield, and jolts forward with the car's impact with the car in front of them.
Continuity mistake: In the scene where McClane rebuffs Ferrell for thinking it would be cool to do the firesale, you can see pipes for firehoses right behind McClane. When the shot changes to a long alley shot, the pipes are a good ten feet away, but when it reverts back to a closeup, the pipes are back to right behind McClane.
Continuity mistake: During the shootout at Matt's apartment John scrambles away from the refrigerator and pulls himself around the corner. The view is from behind John and his chest is facing the corner as he pulls himself around it. The scene jumps to a view from in front of John, yet he's somehow already turned himself around so his back is to the corner (this makes for an easier transition to using the corner as cover, but it messes up the continuity). He couldn't have done this since he was still in the process of pulling himself around the corner.
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Continuity mistake: After Mai kicks McClane out the window at the power hub, there is a shot of her turning and walking away. This is obviously a reused shot of when she walked away from beating up McClane only a minute or so earlier - the most obvious sign is that her hair is perfect, and then when it cuts to her grabbing Matthew, her hair is messy again.
Continuity mistake: In the semi chase scene when Bruce takes control of the truck he initially shoots twice through the door and you see two 'bullet holes'. When the cut to the cab the driver is shot 5 more times. After Bruce throws out the driver and closes the door you only see the two original 'bullet holes'. There should be about seven of them.
Continuity mistake: In the scene where the semi driven by McClane is chased by the F35, the semi hits multiple vehicles causing it to damage. The driver side headlights are smashed and the bumber and fender are almost scraping the ground. In the next shot, headlights, bumber and fender are fine.
Continuity mistake: While McClane is taking control of the Freight liner during the final chase, he jumps onto the driver's steps, and we see the driver's side window is closed, he shoots the driver and whips the door open, and the window is now open. He climbs into the truck and slams the door, and the window is once again closed. There was obviously no time for the window to be opened and closed during the fight.
Continuity mistake: John M is driving to the Eastern electricity station and chatting. The view out of his window shows him driving past the same distant hill at least three times. Also the speed is faster out of the passenger's side than the driver's.
Continuity mistake: At Woodlawn, after McClane takes Russo out and taunts Gabriel over the radio, Gabriel sends Rand after him, saying, "Kill this guy, and I'll give you Mai's share." But four minutes later, when Gabriel has Lucy talk to McClane on the radio, Rand can be seen standing casually against the wall behind him, even though he already left. (Timecodes from unrated edition.)