Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol

New this month Continuity mistake: Ethan is walking down the steps of the airplane and the car drives by. He is then one step back up. (01:31:15)

Continuity mistake: Early in the film, Ethan is talking with Jane in the back of the van after they have dropped off the Russian. There is a silver flexible arm lamp hanging down that is visible when the camera is on Jane, when the camera cuts to Ethan and back to Jane it is no longer visible. A few camera shots later and it has reappeared in the original location.

Continuity mistake: When Ethan gets instructions on the screen in the payphone there is a countdown on a screen visible, a split second later when the camera shows the phone from a distance that screen has gone and the payphone is 'closed' again. (00:19:10)

Continuity mistake: During the sandstorm, when Ethan is run over by the car, its left side mirror breaks, but appears fixed in the brief opposite angle.

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Continuity mistake: The mess around dead Hendricks (glasses, position of suitcase) changes between shots.

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Continuity mistake: After the sandstorm ends, there's a shot showing Ethan's back and the sand moves away. Ethan's shadow is behind him, meaning that the sun is in front of him, butwhen the shot changes to view his front, the shadow is in front of him, meaning that the sun is now behind him. (01:22:05)


Continuity mistake: As Ethan and Benji go through the Kremlin Benji isn't wearing glasses, but a cut later he's wearing them.

Continuity mistake: When Ethan drives the BMW off the parking lot in Mumbai we see that his face is covered in blood. After he disarms the ICBM and the Russians comes in to arrest him we see that his face is clean.

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Continuity mistake: When Ethan is hanging on the outside of the Burj trying to kick in the laser-etched circle of glass, his hand position changes from outside the circle to across the line of the circle as the shot changes from outside to inside the building.

Continuity mistake: When Moreau is brought to the room and sat on the chair, her hair swaps from messy to brushed between shots.

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Continuity mistake: When Ethan is climbing Burj Khalifa, the sandstorm is approaching from the north. When he exits the building he runs to the north, and the sandstorm is now approaching from the south.

Continuity mistake: When Cobalt piggybacks IMF's frequency, he says "Team leader, awaiting your go sign. Standing by to detonate." When Sidorov plays the recording back to Ethan in the hospital, the order has changed to "Awaiting your go sign, team leader. Standing by to detonate." (00:31:25)

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Continuity mistake: This is at the fancy car park in India. Hendrick has just jumped off the platform. The briefcase as well as his body move in subsequent shots. Note the lines in the concrete floor.


Continuity mistake: In the prison break scene, when Benji opens the second prison cell, the computer shows that he is opening the second cell, but the third cell actually opens.

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Benji Dunn: [showing a glove.] Now remember: blue is glue.
Ethan Hunt: And red?
Benji Dunn: Dead.



When Ethan meets the Secretary in the car, he tells him that Hendricks was seen leaving the Kremlin with the nuclear launch device and deduces that he is Cobalt. The Secretary then gives Ethan the flash drive containing his mission, which Ethan reads on the train. Ethan then tells the rest of the team that - according to the mission - IMF believes that Hendricks is Cobalt and was seen leaving the Kremlin with the launch device - hence why he needs to buy the launch codes from Moreau. How could IMF have known about this information to put it on the drive, given that Ethan just told the Secretary in the car?



The number A113 (which appeared in Brad Bird's previous films The Incredibles and Ratatouille) makes two appearances here. The first is on the side of Hanaway's ring in the flashback sequence, and the second is verbally as Ethan's agent ID that he recites through the phone after he escapes from the hospital.