G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra

Factual error: In the underwater scene when Rex blows up the ice pack, ice appears to be denser than water in this situation. The ice sinks when it's blown up, and even if there were pieces of metal on top of the ice, it shouldn't. Some pieces the size of a five-story building have no metal and still sink. (01:43:00)

Plot hole: The super warriors that are given the venom are supposed to be fearless and without self preservation. However, during the scene in the Sahara base when they are helping to get the warheads back from the Joes, one of those men screams out in fear as he falls down the shaft, which makes no sense as the one guy did not scream in frustration when he was bitten earlier by the deadly snake and knew he would die. (00:40:20)


Factual error: During the chase in Paris, the bad guy's car is nicked by the metro train. Instead of lunging forward (in the train's direction - and left in the car's direction) the car jumps 20 meters into the air. Even though the train has a tilting front end, the impact would never create a force in that direction. (01:00:30)

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Visible crew/equipment: After Ana's husband has finished weaponizing the warheads in his civilian lab, Ana kisses him. The reflection of a boom mic is visible on the right lens of her glasses. (00:55:45)


Continuity mistake: When Ana returns home to her husband, they converse outside the house. He asks her how it was in Monte Carlo. As he asks her this, she is entering the front door and he is about 8 feet behind, following her. The next shot shows them both in the house, and they are very close together when she answers that she didn't get what she want. (00:25:15)

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Other mistake: When Ripcord flies the black jet toward the White House, he decides to ascend to the atmosphere to rid the craft of the nanomites. As he flies toward the lawn and up the air, he narrowly misses hitting the balcony, where an agent shields himself with his arms from the jet. At such a close distance and at that incredibly fast speed, the agent would have been pulled in by the jet's wake and thrown up in the air. (01:39:45)

Allister Cooper, 2011

Factual error: During the chase scene through Paris, they start by driving through the Arc de Triomphe which is North West from Central Paris. Then the next scene the chase takes us by Notre Dame, where it is on the other side of town, North East. The Eiffel tower is on the west side of town. So, started at the North West, drove to North East of town, then drove back to West near the Eiffel. They could have just driven south of Arc De Triomphe and be there in something like 10 minutes.


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Continuity mistake: After the Hummer crashes into the train during the chase in Paris, Ana crawls out of the wreck. The right side of her face is covered in streaks of blood. Seconds later, as she runs into the balloon guy, her face is spotless. The blood returns when Ana enters the glass elevator. (01:03:15)


Deliberate mistake: After being arrested, Breaker, who is Northern African, a region where French is the second if not first native language and speaks with a French accent throughout the movie, pleads with the French authorities in English. (01:10:30)


Continuity mistake: Throughout the movie, Heavy Duty has an earring in his left ear. However, during the underwater fight scene, it is in his right ear. (01:27:35)

Revealing mistake: During the four-year flashback scene in East Africa, after the building is bombed, two helicopters fly to the right of the building. However, because they are CGI, the telltale whirl (or any movement) the blades should have made in the smoke isn't there. (00:50:10)


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Continuity mistake: You can see the scar on Duke's cheek changes size throughout the movie. Compare the scar at the beginning of the film and the end. Much longer at the start, but at the end it is really small. (00:04:20 - 01:46:35)

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Factual error: In the Paris car chase, the black Hummer is hit several times by other vehicles on the sides. It has a very shiny and reflective black paint job. Yet at no point does it show any signs of damage or even scratches.

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Revealing mistake: The close-up shot in which SnakeEyes shoots at the roof of the Hummer is flipped, the ejection port is on the wrong side of the gun. And yes, it is a real gun, not one specially made for this film. (00:57:30)


Other mistake: Duke is called a Captain multiple times, in the flashback of proposing to his ex-fiancee, he has gold oak leaves on his uniform making him a Major.

Other mistake: When Duke and Ripcord first start training, the "fired" amount doesn't match the "missed" plus "hit" total. It's always 2 off, and it's not due to any delay because each hit or miss is recorded at the same time a fired is recorded.


Continuity mistake: After the Joes are released from the French, Heavy Duty and Ripcord are walking ahead and talking about Duke. Far shot shows them reaching the edge of the shadow of the building they are leaving. The next shot up close and they are back in the shadow again, and the shadow's position and shape has changed indicating the shot was taken later in the day. (01:11:25)

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Continuity mistake: In the proposal flashback, Ana pulls down her brother roughly. The shot of him standing shows Duke sitting with a grin on his face laughing. The next shot of her brother down, shows Duke with no expression or grin. (00:27:35)

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Continuity mistake: When Duke proposes to Ana, she tells him "On one condition." At this moment, Duke is looking straight at her, eyes at her. The shot changes and he is suddenly looking down with eyes down. (00:27:25)

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Continuity mistake: Duke and Ripcord are arguing about joining the Air Force. Moments before Duke says "I want to be on the ground in the fight, not flying over it" two large rocks come into view out his window as they pass. Shot cuts to Ripcord's reaction, then back to Duke which takes a few seconds. Those same two rocks come into view again through his window. (00:06:05)

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Trivia: In the scene where Ripcord and Duke are in the transport and Ripcord pats Heavy Duty on the back and gets his arm twisted as a result, Ripcord makes a crack about Heavy Duty having a "Kung Fu Grip". This refers to some of the earliest G.I. Joe's action figures who were advertised to have the Kung Fu Grip.


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Question: Why would Rex, a US soldier who fought to protect his country, turn traitor and decide to become a man who wanted world domination?

Answer: He was left for dead by his own comrades, badly injured by an airstrike that they called down on his location. He would likely say that his country turned against him, not that he turned on them.

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