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(2002)

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Character error 

The MP5s that they collect from the special forces camp have a fire rate selector which allows single shot, three-round burst and full auto options. Yet despite Cooper telling everybody to follow standard military training and use short, controlled, three-round bursts, nobody actually does so, Cooper included.
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Jump to: Character error (2)  | Continuity (8)  | Errors in geography (1)  | Factual errors (3)  | Miscellaneous (1)  | Revealing mistakes (6)

Character error 

More than once, Megan asserts that the remote cottage where most of the action takes place is 50 miles from the nearest habitation, Fort William, or from the next glen where Megan claims her cottage to be. Even if she were lying to stop the soldiers from trying to leave, they ought to have known that nowhere is more than 50 miles from anywhere in the Highlands of Scotland, especially not a sizable town like Fort William.
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When Sam the dog is attacking Wells pulling at his bandages, Ryan says to them to "shut the dog up" even though Sam isn't barking.
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Continuity 

When Ryan holds his automatic to Cooper's head during the 'special forces selection' scene at the beginning of the film, the magazine is clearly not inserted. This can be seen when he rotates his wrist to check the time. Ryan racks the slide (you see him do it) and goes on to shoot a dog with it a minute or so later.

As with all automatics, there can be a round ready to fire or 'up the spout' as it were, even without a magazine in place. It is why you always see a character dropping the magazine and the racking the slide at least once to clear the shell that's 'up the spout' or properly, 'chambered'.

In this case, either the prop man goofed, or Ryan quietly slipped a magazine into it after he checked the time, and its the reason he racked the slide afterwards - to chamber a round, as he'd pointed an empty weapon at his recruits' head - NOT a loaded one.
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After Spoon has reported the status on their ammunition, Cooper places his gun on the table. In the next shot, two bandages suddenly appear beside its hammer.
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Amount of blood on people is inconsistent in some scenes.
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When Ryan is thrown across the table, the sword is shown being knocked to the floor. But when Ryan gets up and puts his arms on the table, the sword is back on the table. Then the next shot, the sword is on the ground again and Cooper is reaching for it.
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During Ryan and Cooper's altercation over the dog, the pistol in Ryan's hand changes position with the camera angle.
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When Sam the dog has a mouthful of Wells' bandage, some of the bandage is hanging out of Sam's mouth. In the next shot, no pieces are hanging out of his mouth.
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When Wells crashes into the oven, the bottom plate comes off and the gas hose falls out. He cuts the hose and in the next shot the bottom plate is suddenly back on the oven.
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Right before the end of the movie, Wells couldn't have ignited the gas using the electric ignition button for the cooker, simply because the power went down shortly after they entered the house (Spoon: They shut down the generator!).
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Errors in geography 

In the farmhouse Cooper asks Megan where the nearest town is, Megan replies Fort William a four hour drive away. Now this isn't really true , anyone who lives in Scotland can drive from the East to the West coast passing through countless town and villages in that time and even drive from the border with England to the very tip at John O Groats in the same time. So Scotland isn't that big.
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Factual errors 

The group of soldiers are referred to a 'squad'. 'Squad' is not the name given to a small infantry unit in the British Army, it is called a section. Also sections have 8 men minimum, not 6, and generally are commanded by a corporal.
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Throughout the first half of the film, when the squad is armed with the standard British rifle, the SA80, Cooper holds the weapon in his left shoulder. The SA80 is always held in the right shoulder, even if the user is left handed.
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Despite what Cooper says, super-glue was not developed for medical use during the Vietnam War. It was first created in the 1940s as a strong glue but the original formula often caused skin irritation. Because of its strength when bonding skin, a spray version with a slightly different formula which didn't cause irritation was developed for medical use in Vietnam.
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Miscellaneous 

The film never makes it clear whether or not military weapons will kill the werewolves and and what point this might occur. Several characters are shown to be killed while changing into werewolves; however several werewolves are shown to be hit by multiple gunshots and suffering few, if any, ill effects.
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Revealing mistakes 

In the farmhouse, when Cooper is reloading the MP5 magazines with new bullets, at the kitchen table, the ignition caps already have firing pin impressions on them, showing them to have already been fired.
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(at around 1h 13 mins) Megan shoots all the ammo from her magazine but the slide doesn't lock back on the last shot like it should. It was designed to do this to allow for the next magazine.
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Several times in the movie characters are seen with the MP5 bolt in the locked up position, The weapon cannot fire in this position as it must be down to do so.
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When the team reaches the destroyed special forces position there are 105mm charges and ammunition amongst the equipment present. The 105mm is an artillery piece unlikely to be used in a wood, and definitely not by special forces.
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When Megan rescues the soldiers in her truck, you can see stationary scenery such as trees through the passenger windows visible in the background of the closeups of her and Pvt. Cooper, despite the actors all bumping and swaying to suggest being in a moving vehicle.
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The super glue used to stitch up the sarge's gut wound is a Loctite Gel bottle. It has blue tabs on the edges that you need to squeeze together in order for the glue to come out. When they hold the glue by its sides so no glue would be coming out of the bottle.
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