Audio problem: Just as McClane and Farrell are about to leave the Eastern Power Hub, Farrell goes on a long rant and his mouth does not match the words he is saying. [In the unrated version of the film, the rant concurs with Will's mouth movements, but the mistake is valid for the regular version.]
Add timeJoel Amos Gordon
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.
Factual error: During the chase with the semi, McClane is shown struggling to keep the truck under control with the freeway collapsing/blowing up all around him. He is shown making a left turn on a ramp, and the truck going up on 9 wheels, almost rolling. The shot cuts back to McClane steering left to to try to control the truck. If he were to steer left, as depicted, he would be guaranteed to roll the truck. If he was trying to get the wheels back down, he'd have to steer into the roll, or right, to bring it back on the wheels. At the end of the shot, you can actually see the stuntman brings the wheels down with a short right turn of the steering wheel. The similar entry in corrections is right, the person making the correction is wrong. During 15 years of driving a semi, I had a very similar situation with the truck almost rolling. I had to steer into the roll to bring the truck back on the wheels, not away from it, as the film showed McClane doing.
Continuity mistake: In the scene when Bruce Willis is driving the police car up the ramp to blow up the helicopter, the guy jumps out. As he jumps out he has got headphones on, but when he lands on the car they fall off. The next scene it shows him taking them off.
00:43:45 - 00:44:40gonewiththesin
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).
00:44:35 - 00:45:30Nick Bylsma
Factual error: Just after the F35 shoots most of the top off of the cab and the back of the semi truck McClane is driving, there is a camera shot that pulls back from the front of the truck that shows large 1-foot diameter holes in the top of the engine compartment. The first problem is that the plane's bullets came from the side, not the top (not down through the engine hood) and the second problem is that the engine shouldn't still be running with multiple 1-foot holes shot into/through it - yet the truck continues to climb the incline.
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.
Plot hole: Since they took down the telephone network, it would have been impossible for Justin Long's character to even be speaking to the emergency response woman for the car, much less send a signal to start the car up.
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.
Factual error: If the natural gas could be rerouted to McClane's position at the national grids control center, there are two major problems. The gas would not self-ignite on its way there as pictured, and the sheer momentum of that massive amount of gas in those long pipes would cause a massive leak at the endpoint. However, after the first (relatively small considering the total energy in all the gas) explosion, everything goes back to normal without one giant amount of gas erupting.
Add timeAndreas Winnberg
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.
Add timeNick Bylsma
Factual error: In several chase scenes that take place in Washington DC McLane and Farrell are driving around the city with buildings that are at least 40 to 50 stories tall. This is impossible as the Height of Buildings Act of 1910 prevents any building being any higher than 20ft more than the width of the street the said building sits on. The buildings seen in the chases are much too tall for this city to actually be Washington DC.
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.
Factual error: When McClane "kills" the helicopter with the police car, as shown in the film, the car runs up the toll booth like a ramp and smashes into the helicopter. However, if you look, though the slab on the side is ramp-shaped, it is about 2 feet off the ground, so realistically, the car just should have smashed into the booth rather than shoot over it.
Factual error: Just before the power plant explodes we are shown a scene where the natural gas pipeline is exploding on it's way to the power plant. The first explosion (while not actually possible) would have destroyed the pipeline and no more gas would have flowed to the power plant and therefore the power plant could not explode.
Other mistake: After the scene where the building explodes when the gas was rerouted to the station, there will be a shot of the main bad guy staring at the computer screen saying the connection failed. On one of the two connection lost screens, it says, "connection faild", this is not how you spell "failed".
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.
Factual error: Natural gas flows through a pipeline due to pressure differences. The main line is held at a high pressure, usually 600 psi or more, while the end user is at a few pounds or less. You can not "send all the gas" to a particular location. No matter how much you raise the pressure in the main line it will only flow through the open valve at the end users location.
Other mistake: In the scene in which McClane and Farrell are in the car on the way to the Eastern Hub, the shots alternate between looking at McClane then looking at Farrell. When the stars are in profile there is visible through the subject's car window the landscape passing by, but the same hill appears outside each window.
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.)
01:39:20 - 01:43:25Aerinah
Plot hole: The hackers cause a massive traffic jam by manipulating the street lights. Yet, only minutes later, the streets are conveniently empty when McClane is being chased by the chopper. Sure, one or two streets were secured by police, but the chase scene goes through many more streets.
00:23:15 - 00:38:55
Factual error: Where the film shows the power going out on the Eastern seaboard of the US, it shows the lights going out at an airport. At the airport the tail of an aircraft with the Air New Zealand logo on it is seen. Air New Zealand does not fly to any airport on the Eastern seaboard of the USA.
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.
Audio problem: When McClane and Ferral arrive at Woodlawn, Ferral says something about the cooling towers being on the lower floors. As he does, his mouth doesn't move at all. Granted his mouth is blocked for most of it, but you can see a bit of his mouth at points and it's not moving.
Other mistake: When the lights in the tunnel are switched off, you see that the cars that have been directed into the tunnel have their lights off. When you enter a tunnel, you are required by law to turn on your lights despite the lights in the tunnel. Sure, one or two drivers might ignore this obligation, but the whole avalanche of cars?
Factual error: When the hackers start hacking the traffic cameras there are several shots of vehicles crashing on the computer screen. These shots are supposedly coming from traffic cameras but some contain complex movements such as a crane shot that was obviously done by a real camera.
Factual error: After the eastern hub explodes from the gas, and after Mathew's rant, McClane looks out over the city as the power goes out and all the lights begin to shut off. But all the headlights of the cars on the streets also begin to turn off, despite not being connected to the grid.
Factual error: They crash their BMW, and Doloris comes on in the On-Star system. On-Star has never been available in BMW vehicles, as it is a wholly-owned subsidiary of General Motors. BMW does offer a similar service called BMW Assist, but this was not available in any BMW model at the time of this movie.
Factual error: 0.7% of the electricity generated in West Virginia (as of 2011) is from natural gas. The plant in the movie would have been a peaking unit, only operated during the day. Shutting down a power plant that is not operating would not cause a black out. Further evidence that the unit is not operating is that only three security guards seem to be on the premises. You can not operate a power plant with three security guards.
Factual error: In the scene where McClane jumps off the fighter jet he slides down at 100+ feet of highway concrete but when he reached the bottom his jeans are not torn in any new places. Any fabric rubbed against concrete for any significant distance would be shredded or (if conditions were perfect) at least frayed.
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