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Goofs

Jump to: Character error (1)  | Continuity (8)  | Errors in geography (3)  | Factual errors (2)  | Miscellaneous (3)  | Incorrectly regarded as goofs (1)  | Revealing mistakes (2)  | Spoilers (2)

Character error 

When Detective Loki is researching Barry Millan's disappearance, on the "palocalnews.net" website, the "OPINION" tab near the top-left of the web page has been misspelt. It is written as "OPNION".
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Continuity 

When Detective Loki is speeding to the hospital at the end, he passes the same restaurant (with a red awning) three times: once as he pulls off the smaller road onto the major road, and twice after that.
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The sink in the abandoned building's bathroom where Alex is being kept goes back and forth between shattered and intact throughout the film (after being shattered, of course).
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When the families gather to celebrate Thanksgiving and they meet, there are two cars in front of the house. But when the girls are already lost, they go out, and there is only one vehicle.
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When Detective Loki goes to question Bob Taylor at his home (the house with the snakes), the mailbox pole by the driveway shows the address number as "4261" but when Loki calls for backup he gives the address as "427 Carol Street".
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When Loki leaves Keller's house and is sitting in his car about to leave, he has a toothpick in his mouth. Keller runs out of the house to speak to him and Loki curses, opens the car window and talks to Keller while still chewing the toothpick. In the very next scene showing Loki in the car, the toothpick is gone.
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When the detective follows Mr. Keller in his car in the rain, the windshield wipers change speed between shots.
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At around 4 minutes in the movie, after the grace says "wait for your mother" she walks down the steps towards the car, but in next scene she's shown walking twice down the same path just past the steps towards car.
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At about 1:38:00, as Mr. Dover is waiting to be called in by the detective, his feet are crossed. After a camera angle change in mid-sentence his feet are uncrossed.
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Errors in geography 

Early on in the neighborhood Steller's Jays are calling. These birds are not found in Pennsylvania, their range only extends from the Pacific Coast to the Rockies.
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The movie is set in Pennsylvania yet there is billboard advertising by Atlanta law firm Morgan and Morgan above the liquor store (which, in PA, would be State-run, not privately owned).
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The area code on Dover's truck is 570, which is the Scranton/Wilkes Barre area of Pennsylvania, but the license plate on Loki's car indicate Montgomery County, which is a couple of hours south and does not use the 570 area code.
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Factual errors 

Detective Loki works for a municipal police department in Pennsylvania yet all of the police cars with lights activated have only blue lights. Blue lights in Pennsylvania are "courtesy lights" for volunteer firefighters/EMS personnel private vehicles. They are not emergency lights with any traffic control powers. Police use either a combination of red and blue or, if using a single light, red only.
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When Keller is deer hunting with his son, the two families are celebrating Thanksgiving. The film takes place in Pennsylvania, where deer hunting season does not begin until the first Monday after Thanksgiving.
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Miscellaneous 

When Keller Dover (Jackman) is smashing the bathroom sink, you can see that he's using a prop hammer. When he holds his arm up, the handle near the "cheek" of it bends. It then straightens itself out after he puts it into the wall next to Alex Jones' (Dano's) head.
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When Alex tries to escape and smashes the window and is then shoved up against the wall with the window, the wall wobbles.
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When Detective Loki reads the newspaper in the hospital, the article titled "Car crash sends two to hospital" has only three paragraphs that are multiplied.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

(at around 1 hour 43 minutes) A fellow officer tells Detective Loki "I'm goin' home." He does not call Detective Loki "Gyllenhaal".
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Revealing mistakes 

When detective Loki reads William Dover's Obituary in Palocalnews.net, on the computer, the date and time shows 2/27/2013 2:52pm. The movie takes place before Christmas.
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When Detective Loki is on the computer looking at the Obituaries a little over halfway through the movie, the taskbar of the computer can be seen, and it shows the symbol for no network connection (computer with red 'X') even though he is obviously supposed to be online.
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Spoilers

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Character error 

When the suspect spent hours drawing a maze, Loki who is watching thru the glass asks another officer for a key card to go back into the room. As he is beating the suspect, the other officers run into the room and the outside of the door only has a doorknob and no lock.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

Possible plot hole: how did Keller Dover find his daughter's missing red whistle in the pit beneath the Trans Am? if she had only just lost it before the Thanksgiving party which was before she was even kidnapped? It would have gotten there before she even reports she lost it?Chronologically impossible. It is explained in the movie, that both girls found it before the kidnapping. The kidnapper hide the girls down there when the police showed up and the girl must have lost it then.
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