Mission: Impossible 2

Factual error: There are no direct flights from Sydney to Atlanta. Also, a 747 cannot fly the 9600 plus miles between the 2 cities. Even if it could the flight time would be more than 20 hours, probably 24. (00:02:30 - 00:03:00)

Factual error: In the scene at the race track where they show the virus infecting and destroying cells in the blood stream, they clearly show that it is red blood cells being infected. Viruses, in order to replicate, require the cell's DNA replication machinery. However, mature red blood cells in the circulation no longer possess this machinery since they no longer have a nucleus or DNA. It would therefore be impossible for this virus to replicate.

Factual error: The action takes place in Seville, and the burning of wooden figures is shown as a traditional feast. The feast involving the burning of wooden figures takes place in Alicante and Valencia, 350 miles way from Seville.

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Factual error: In the scene where Ethan is in the helicopter about to rappel into the BioCyte building, you see his hair blowing upward. In reality, the prop wash from the helicopter would make his hair blow into his face.

Factual error: Near the end, Ethan Hunt and Sean Ambrose engage in a high-speed motorcycle chase that culminates with them crashing their motorcycles head-on. Just before the crash, both men leap off their bikes and their bodies collide in mid-air above the crash. However, if Hunt and Ambrose were racing towards each other at 40 mph (a conservative estimate), then the combined force of their bodies colliding would be equivalent to an 80 mph impact, which would pulverize their skeletons and kill both men instantly.

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Factual error: When Luther is in the helicopter in the final scene on his way to Nyah he says 'distance 2K' when he is over central Sydney. Nyah is at the coast, which is approximately 15 km from Sydney center.

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Factual error: The portrait of Semana Santa (Eastern) celebrations in Sevilla are absurd. Weird wooden constructions on fire (I guess it refers to Fallas, a celebration from Valencia and Alicante, around 400 miles away, in a tradition in which people burn cheap satirical and arty polystyrene sculptures with the arrival of Spring). Repetitive satanic hymns, fantasy castles, ritual drums, fireplaces and candles everywhere, effigies on sticks on flames, traditional clothes from somewhere in Central America mixed with San Fermín outfits and flutes (from Pamplona, over 600 miles away), frantic dances and women throwing flower petals over the crowd. I only miss some bulls dancing around in flamenco clothes while drinking sangría. The equivalent would be to portray a US festival in which Mickey Mouse rides a horse wearing a scary pumpkin mask while being carried by a leprechaun watching fireworks.

Factual error: The aeroplane at the beginning of the film is a 747-400. You can tell because the wings had winglets when they showed the exterior view. Well, a 747-400 only has a two man cockpit, there is no "sideways flying" flight engineer like in the movie.

Factual error: The car chase between Ethan and Nyah is supposed to take place in Spain involving Spanish cars (plate's colour and the way numbers and letters are represented follows the Spanish code), but a real Spanish plate should have numbers and letters displayed as follows '1234 ABC' or 'AB- 1234-AB'.

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Factual error: During the motorcycle chase gasoline spills from the bullet hole on the motorcycle. Every mechanic knows that gas doesn't have drops like those, it spreads out in a thin film. Also the wind would blow it away.

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Continuity mistake: In the car chase scene with Nyah after they split and hit again and are spinning look at Ethan's car. The driver's side in the close ups was on the American side, then in the spin it is reversed to an English side. (It is a negative image - the license plate is reversed). The next image is back to normal.

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Ethan Hunt: You turned around.
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Trivia: When Nyah is trying to convince Ethan to shoot her, she says "Do it. Now!" There is still about forty minutes left in the movie, but those are the last words she says.

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Question: When Ambrose noticed the envelope was in the wrong pocket, and was thus tipped off that Nyah was a spy, how did he jump to the conclusion that Ethan was her contact? Did he play a mere hunch when he impersonated Ethan in front of her?

Answer: Ethan was the most probable candidate. Remember that Ambrose and Ethan had specifically worked together a few times with IMF in the past, as stated in the film, with them body doubling each other. Once Ambrose had his suspicious raised by the envelope, he decided to test Nyah. So showing up to her with Ethan's face would indicate if she recognized Ethan, or thought she was being approached by a total stranger at night.

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Answer: Ambrose has stolen Chimera, a virus developed by Dr. Nekhorvich. Dr. Nekhorvich was an associate of Hunt, and trusted him. This is why Ambrose had to pose as Hunt to extract him at the beginning. Given that Ambrose was posing as hunt on the mission he went rogue, it is logical that Hunt would be the one sent to take him down.

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