Movie Goof (factual errors): In opening shots, film shows Camp Lemonier to be in Ethiopia, Camp Lemonier is located in Dijobuti.
Movie Goof (factual errors): In the Pennsylvania scenes NO vehicles portrayed in the movie have the required Vehicle Inspection or Emission stickers on the lower left outside of the windshield.
Movie Goof (continuity error): In the scene where Sarah fixes Swagger's bandage at the kitchen table, in the first several frames her front hair is held back by a clip, but suddenly the clip disappears and her hair is simply back behind her ears in the rest of the scene.
Movie Goof (factual errors): The pick up truck that Swagger stole has PA plates on it front and back. In PA there is only one plate on the vehicle, not two.
Movie Goof (factual errors): When Swagger makes the supposed intravenous needle stick, he pushes the needle straight down into the antecubetal fossa after using a tourniquet to occlude a vein to get distention for the venipuncture. The puncture is properly made parallel to the skin surface, not deeply perpendicular as was shown.
Movie Goof (revealing mistake): In the bathroom scene where Swagger creates the makeshift IV, you can clearly see the areas where make-up was used to cover Wahlberg's tattoos, one on each arm and around his neck.
Movie Goof (continuity error): When the two helicopters land and Jack Payne has the shotgun pointed to Sarah Fenn, she throws off his sunglasses later you can see there are no sunglasses on the ground.
Movie Goof (continuity error): At the start of the film when both snipers are first seen watching the road, a close shot shows Bob Lee's rifle bolt open, another shot shows it closed. When the order comes through to fire, Bob then loads the rifle.
Movie Goof (factual errors): Not only is Camp Lemioner in Djibouti, it is a US Navy base. The opening scene would have you believe it is a US Army base in Ethiopia.
Movie Goof (continuity error): When Memphis is researching the shooting of the bishop, we see a printed version of Swagger's target on the bulletin board before Nick prints it out.
Movie Goof (continuity error): When Swagger backs the car into the river, the trunk is open and you can see that there is no upholstery and it is empty. While in the car wash we see there are miscellaneous items and upholstery in the trunk.
Movie Goof (errors in geography): When they are in Lynchburg, Virginia; we see mountains that are not located in Virginia.
Movie Goof (continuity error): In the scene where Swagger advises Payne not to call his dog, you can see that there is no license plate on the front of the vehicle, however when Swagger comes out and takes a photo with his cell phone, it is magically there.
Movie Goof (continuity error): When Johnson leaves the meeting with Swagger and the Attorney General, he is seen standing by the final chair of the table. After the AG is shown pictures by Memphis, the AG looks to Johnson and he is standing about half way down the table, not the end near Swagger.
Movie Goof (factual errors): At the mountaintop exchange scene, not one of the actors seems to be effected by the considerable down-force caused by the still spinning rotor blades of the helicopter as they get out of it. Even Fenn's shoulder-length hair moves only slightly and the snow beneath their feet seems completely unperturbed by the wind caused by the helicopter. A helicopter touching down in a snowy location would cause a small blizzard and anyone getting out would at the very least be hunkered down and making some attempt to cover themselves from the wind and snow, rather than casually strolling along.
Movie Goof (errors in geography): While Swagger is in Baltimore he walks down the steps of Federal Hill. He enters a taxi cab on Battery Avenue that drives towards the Inner Harbor. Battery Avenue is a "one-way" street that goes in the opposite direction (away from the harbor).
Movie Goof (continuity error): When Memphis is in the computer room checking the VIN that Sarah gave him, he picks up the photo and begins to type in a string of numbers on the number pad. When the shot changes to the computer monitor the VIN being entered has no numbers it only shows LFMY. However the complete VIN of LFMYU70E4YUA65879 is already displayed in a grayed out window to the left.
Movie Goof (factual errors): When the archbishop is shot, the sound of the rifle shot is heard at the same time as the bullet strikes. Depending on the speed of the bullet, it would take at least several seconds for the sound to reach the target.
Movie Goof (revealing mistake): During the ranch scene just after the flashback to the helicopter gun-run, if you look carefully enough, you can see on Swagger's M4 Carbine, that the selector switch is on Semi-Automatic. But throughout the shootout, he fires on full-auto or in bursts.
Movie Goof (crew or equipment visible): During the scene in which Wahlberg backs the car into the river, you can see a metal bar attached to the back bumper which was used to brace the impact of the car hitting the water, and to level out the car so it would sink evenly.
Movie Goof (factual errors): The Medal of Honor comes in a wooden box, not a standard vinyl medal box.
Movie Goof (continuity error): As Nick Memphis is leaving the meeting with Sarah, he is shown putting on his suit coat twice.
Movie Goof (errors in geography): When Swagger is being chased by police in the stolen FBI vehicle he makes a right off Front St. onto Girard Avenue heading south. When he glances in his rear view mirror, a McDonalds can be seen through the windshield in front of him. That McDonalds would only have been visible if he made a left onto Girard heading north.
Movie Goof (factual errors): The Stars and Stripes flag hanging vertically on the wall of the US military hangar is the wrong way round. The stars field should be on the upper left, not the upper right.
Movie Goof (errors in geography): In the roadblock news clip which was supposed to be the Wind River Mountain area of Wyoming, the cars behind the roadblock have no front plates. While it is possible these could be all out of state vehicles, All Wyoming vehicles have both front and back license plates.
Movie Goof (continuity error): The first shot Swagger makes, kills an enemy standing in the back of a truck. The man falls into the back of the truck. In the next shot, when the truck falls over, the dead man in the back suddenly disappeared.
Movie Goof (errors made by characters, possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When Fenn fires the senator's sidearm on the mountaintop, only 3 rounds are fired before the gun clicks empty and the slides goes back, meaning that either the senator had been busy with his gun earlier or he's in the habit of carrying around a barely loaded weapon.
Movie Goof (errors made by characters, possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Swagger makes a makeshift IV of drinking water and saline after he is shot. But he suffered only a blood loss and some muscular damage. His gastrointestinal tract was intact, so he could simply ingest the water and eat plenty of iron-rich foods to slightly compensate for loss of erythrocytes (what is often advised after blood donation). What Swagger really needed was blood and plasma transfer, not saline IV.
Movie Goof (continuity error): When Swagger is being chased by the cops, all of the cars chasing him have both front and rear plates to identify them. However when he goes down a hill and two cop cars are following him, the second car has a plate with a number on the front, the first car has a blank plate. The car would have a number on the front to identify the car, not just a blank plate.
Movie Goof (revealing mistake): When the crippled sniper shoots himself under the chin, no bullet is actually fired from the gun. If you watch the scene frame-by-frame, a jet of air comes out of the gun and the actor's head cocks back. His neck is intact.
Movie Goof (continuity error): On top of the mountain when Fenn shoots the man who captured her, the gun is empty one scene and then the scene after that the gun is reloaded.
Movie Goof (errors in geography): When the Crown Vic is backed into the river, various camera angles show a very flat topography which is consistent with Philadelphia. After the car is in the river, the first shot back toward the bridge clearly shows tall mountains in the background. No such mountains exist near Philadelphia.
Movie Goof (continuity error): When Memphis is being tortured and beaten for information, he is forced to drink water out of a bottle to wash out the drugs in his system. As he his drinking, the bottle is nearly empty but in the next shot it is full again.
Movie Goof (errors in geography): When Swagger approaches the pickup he is about to steal, a large cable-stayed bridge is visible in the background. No such bridge is located anywhere near Philadelphia.
Movie Goof (continuity error): When Memphis and Swagger are standing on the overpass in Bozeman, Montana, Memphis is asked on the cellphone if he was involved in the shootout in Virginia the night before. It would be impossible to drive from Virginia to Montana in less than a day.
Movie Goof (revealing mistake): When Nick Memphis is scanning through documents about Swagger, there is an article about Wimbledon Cup Winners. The photo shows Swagger and the caption reads "Winner of the Wimbledon Cup" Sgt. Major Bob Lee Swagger. This is incorrect as Swagger is a Gunnery Sergeant, not a Sergeant Major.
Movie Goof (continuity error): During the shoot-out outside Sandor's residence, Swagger fires off much more than 30 rounds without reloading. The M4 he is using can only hold a maximum of 30 rounds in the magazine.
Movie Goof (factual errors): As Colonel Johnson leaves the Department of Justice conference room near the end of the movie, there is a US flag and a Washington, DC city flag (white with 3 red stars and 2 red stripes - based on the coat of arms of George Washington's family) in the hall. A Federal office building would not display the Washington, DC flag, only the American flag (and perhaps a Department of Justice flag).
Movie Goof (factual errors): The car Swagger drives in the Chase scene has PA plates but with tag numbers in the style 9999 AAA. Pennsylvania plate numbers have three letters followed by four numbers, not vice versa.
Movie Goof (factual errors): At the beginning of the movie when the helicopter comes he switches to a Barrett M82 which is a semi-auto rifle but he is seen cycling the rifle by hand because the blanks being shot for filming did not produce enough pressure to work the action.
Movie Goof (errors made by characters, possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): At the beginning during the helicopter attack scene, snipers would never stand up and reveal their position while trying to shoot down the helicopter.
Movie Goof (continuity error): All through the movie Bob is pulling the trigger with his right hand - 4:09, 6:40, 18:07, 109:37, 1:33:46. Yet in the glacier scene, his left hand is shown getting ready to pull the trigger 1:41:35.
Movie Goof (factual errors): When Swagger is looking through his binoculars at the stage where the Archbishop of Ethiopia is ready to speak, the flag displayed near the podium is not that of Ethiopia, but rather Cameroon.
Movie Goof (errors made by characters, possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): In the bathroom scene where Swagger creates the makeshift IV, he carefully 'sterilizes' the needle with an open flame. He then attaches the needle to a rubber hose ripped from under a truck's hood that he doesn't bother to sterilize or otherwise disinfect.
Movie Goof (errors in geography): The pipeline shown at the beginning of the movie clearly shows "head pipes" on the support structures on either side of the pipeline. These prevent permafrost from melting from the frictional heating of flowing oil. Permafrost heaving is not a major concern of Ethiopian pipeline builders.
Movie Goof (continuity error): In the car wash scene, Swagger is applying Quikclot to two wounds, one in the shoulder/pectoral area and one in the abdomen. Later, Fenn is cleaning the shoulder/pectoral wound, but there is no abdomen wound.
Movie Goof (factual errors): When Swagger tests his rifle on the can of stew, the bullet is show striking the can from the bottom of the screen. But at such a long distance, the shot is more like a lob: the bullet would have passed (unseen) "up" the field of view and then dropped back down onto the target.
Movie Goof (continuity error): Mountaintop scene where the supposed exchange is about to happen: the blue helicopter's rotor is alternately rotating / not rotating between shots.
Movie Goof (factual errors): The so called mil-dot reticle that Bob uses is made to help estimate the range to the target. One milliradian between the dots means that an object that is 1 meter fits between two dots if it's located 1000 meters away. When Bob shoots the shot gun from the bad guys hand at the mountain scene the mil-dots in his scope indicates that Bob is hidden about 100 meters away instead of 1000+ meters.
Movie Goof (continuity error): In the glacier scene, when Sara takes her revenge on the henchman who broke into her house, she fires four rounds... wouldn't mean much if the weapon was only partially loaded, but in the close-up showing her emotional release immediately thereafter, the bolt is shown locked back which indicates an empty magazine. The scene *after* that close-up briefly shows the bolt in the normal position as though there are still rounds in the magazine.