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Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014) Poster

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Jump to: Audio/visual unsynchronised (1)  | Character error (2)  | Continuity (8)  | Errors in geography (5)  | Factual errors (11)  | Miscellaneous (1)  | Plot holes (1)  | Revealing mistakes (4)  | Spoilers (2)

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Cherenov meets Cathy, he tells her she is beautiful while his lips do not move and he kisses her hand.
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Character error 

The woman says that Andrew Bornstein is 23. A few minutes later, when checking on Aleksandr Chercheront, they find out that he's alleged to be dead at 9 years old in 2004. Considering that the action takes place in 2013, that would make him 19 at the most.
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Following the terrorist attacks of 9-11-01, Ryan is shown serving as a Lieutenant in the Marine Corps. However, the oath he is heard reciting is not the oath sworn by officers, but the one for enlisted inductees.
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Continuity 

The date on Jack's ticket to "Sorry, Wrong Number" is 09/21/2012. A few days later, in Moscow, he is downloading files that were created/modified as late as 09/09/2013.
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When the van hits the water, it is approximately 5 or 6 meters away from the side. The explosion however is much farther away.
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The van the terrorist operates in NYC changes model years from an early-2000s version to a current model year.
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(at around 1h) While Cherevin is escorting Carthy to the restroom, one of the CIA agents picks Cherevin's pocket, using his left hand to steal Cherevin's wallet. Simultaneously the agent is holding his phone in his right hand. In the next shot, the stolen wallet is in the agent's right hand.
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While Jack Ryan breaks into Lemkov's office, the rim design of Dimitri Lemkov's car changes. When Lemkov leaves, the wheels are light-gray; then, when he notices that someone broke into his office and he turns his car around, the wheels are black and clearly bigger.
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Jack Ryan is shown attending a movie at Film Forum, a real cinema in Manhattan; however, the inside of the theater Ryan is in has stadium seating. None of Film Forum's three auditoriums have this kind of configuration.
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As Jack drives the van through the streets of New York, towards the water, several of the same stunt performers cross repeatedly both in front of, and behind, the van at multiple locations.
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After returning to America from Russia, presumably at Andrews Air Force Base, Jack boards a helicopter for the first time since his accident. In a sequence of quick shots, the helicopter lifts off with landing gear down, then up, then down again, and finally up.
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Errors in geography 

The strip mall supposedly in Dearborn, Michigan, has a shop that displays a UK National Lottery sign above one of the shops.
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At the end of the movie there are UK electrical wall sockets in a New York hospital.
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The tail on Aleksandr in Dearborn is driving on the left side of the road, obviously located in UK, not Michigan.
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At the beginning of the film Jack Ryan is in a park of what appears to be a rural university campus. He then enters the Old Building of the London School of Economics. The London School of Economics is in the middle of central London.
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At the end when the bomb laden van is crashed into the river from an elevated building/roadway, the shot shows the vehicle going into the Hudson River. This is on the West Side of Manhattan. In the distance you see the New Jersey Air Exchange building for the Holland Tunnel. In the next shot you see the vehicle crashing into the East River (located on the opposite side of Manhattan from the Hudson River approximately two miles away) just below the Brooklyn Bridge, and exploding once it is underwater. The pier 17 (South Street Seaport buildings) are also visible juts to the bottom of the screen from the explosion.
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Factual errors 

When Ryan is doing rehab, he is using the crutch on the presumably weak side (right leg) of his body. Modern rehab teaches you to use the crutch on the strong side. The idea is to use the crutch to shift your base of support away from your injured side. A modern medical student should know this.
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Michigan neither issues nor requires front license plates.
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During worship in a Russian Orthodox Church, the characters are seated as they listen to a reading. In Divine Worship in a Russian Orthodox Church, the congregation would be standing, not sitting, throughout the entirety of worship.
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In Michigan, at the Russian Orthodox church, the cross displayed is the Latin cross common to many forms of Christianity, but not the Suppedaneum cross (which has three bars - one above the arm bar where inscription was placed, and a slanting foot barcross) used by the Russian Orthodox.
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During the opening scene, Jack lies upon a bench, his head resting upon a trade paperback textbook entitled, "Further Mathematics for Economic Analysis." The setting of the shot is the London School of Economics, September 11th, 2001. The first edition of that said text wasn't published until August 14, 2005.
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When the voice over of Jack Ryan being sworn into the U.S. Marine Corps is heard, the oath is the oath of enlistment "...I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me..." rather than the oath of office appropriate for a lieutenant, "...I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God."
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There is no "Michigan Bell" telephone service. It was sold to ATT in 1984.
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At the trading company Jack Ryan works for there is a scene of him speaking with a superior about the possibility of Russia ripping off the firm. The year is 2012 and Jack's superior states that Russia is very lucrative for the company and Russia is the "Wild West" for traders as insider trading is legal; however, in January 2011 Russia passed a law which made insider trading illegal. There is no way a trading firm would not know this, especially a firm with large and lucrative Russian accounts.
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When Jack is in the field hospital after the helicopter crash, the doctor is saying he has a spinal fracture and needs a foraminotomy or possible spondylolisthesis. Foraminotomy is used to fix a pinched nerve in the spine, not for a fracture. Spondylolisthesis is not a medical procedure. It's a condition where one vertebra slips over another.
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At 2 minutes 30 seconds in the helicopter they have their weapons pointed up. Weapons are never pointed upward so they do not accidentally discharge and hitting the engine. Always point the barrel down and butt up.
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In their first meeting Costner's character introduces himself as Commander Tom Harper with the U.S. Navy. As a former Marine officer, Pine's character would have recognized Harper's Naval uniform. There would have been no need to tell Pine is was he was in the Navy.
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Miscellaneous 

Although the film revolves around Ryan and without him there's no story, as operatives of the CIA, he and Harper are not allowed to take action on American soil; they would be prohibited from taking part in the operation to stop the terrorist attack.
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Plot holes 

Aleksandr has spent a lot of time and effort turning his van into a convincing replica of an NYPD ESU van, complete with bull bars, steel rigging on the roof, and working emergency lights and sirens. This poses quite a few plot holes: (1) It is implied he has done this all by himself in a matter of hours. This would have required a lot of heavy lifting and electrical work; even for a company doing that sort of conversion, this would require several hours if not days. (2) It would be quite conspicuous, especially to law enforcement agencies, to see an NYPD van cruising around in Pennsylvania, way outside of NYC. (3) Obtaining such equipment as emergency lighting, sirens or NYPD decals would usually require clearance from the buyer proving that he works for a law enforcement agency or another authorized agent. The combined purchases of all the equipment used to disguise the van would at least have raised a few flags for the CIA analysts. (4) It is implied that Aleksandr's plan was to blend in with the emergency units evacuating Wall Street. That means he would have anticipated early on that the authorities would be on to all the details of his plan; however, this whole plan proves to be irrelevant later on as he conspicuously crashes through a construction site, away from all the commotion, to reach the tunnel. It would have been much easier and much less costly and time-consuming to simply disguise the van as a rental or delivery van.
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Revealing mistakes 

In the beginning of the movie, the attacks on New York on 11 September 2001 ("9/11") are shown on TV. The TV is shown in a reflection, but the image of the two towers on fire immediately following the second airline crash, is shown the right way.
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When Ryan is in the hospital room at the end of the movie and Cathy comes in to see him, the electrical outlets are 220, not 110, which shows it was filmed in Europe.
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NYPD terrorist van while being driven by Jack Ryan is empty as it travels to the water in different shots then the terrorist and the bomb shows up again right before it goes into the water.
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The picture of Katya on Cherevin's phone at the table (when Jack is breaking in to Cherevin's computer) is the same as her facial recognition picture.
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Spoilers

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Continuity 

Cathy is duct-taped in the van and hits her head due to a crash, then runs from the scene as if there were no such impediments.
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Revealing mistakes 

In the van bulb scene, Cathy Ryan is heavily duct taped from the shoulders down. When exiting van into Jack Ryan's arms, the tape has mysteriously disappeared.
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