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Kidnap (2017) Poster

(2017)

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Anachronisms 

The A&P supermarket chain is mentioned in the dialog, but by the time the film was released in 2017 the company had gone out of business.
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Continuity 

The Louisiana license plate from the stolen black Volvo V70 driven by the kidnapper switches from U9K463 to 9143T4.
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Just before running out of gas, Karla rams the driver side door of the black Volvo, causing clearly visible damage. After cutting to a shot of her empty fuel gauge, the scene cuts back to a flash of the Volvo with an undamaged door.
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After hitting the Volvo for the first time, there's severe damage to the car's hood and other parts of the front. Two minutes later, there's noticeably less damage.
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Right after the black Volvo runs over the blonde woman, it is shown that another car hits the red minivan and the driver airbag gets blown out, rescuing the mother. Seconds later when the mother continuing the chase the airbags disappears.
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Early in the film, Halle Berry drives a older model (roughly 2004) Chrysler Town and Country, distinguishable by the trim piece on the front grill. In the early scenes (for example at 10:13, the top part of that chrome-looking trim dips down in the center to accommodate a Chrysler logo. In virtually if not all of the chase/wreck scenes, that grill doesn't have that dip in the top center, indicating it's a newer model - but not much newer.
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Factual errors 

A 911 call is placed from a landline cordless phone, the phone number is associated with an stationary address. They know where the house is based on this phone number, the house doesn't move. The cordless phone has a range of maybe 50 ft. But the 911 dispatcher states, we will triangulate on your location, despite Halle knows the address where shes at. They only need to triangulate on cell phones which are mobile, using 3 cell towers to find their location.
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One of only two states that are not divided into counties, Louisiana is made up of parishes (functionally identical to other states' counties). For the most part, this film gets this fact correct, i.e. the numerous references to Jefferson Parish. However, during the final scene of the film, one of the police cars is clearly and inappropriately marked "County Sheriff".
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Several times throughout the film, Karla's minivan is depicted accelerating far more quickly than that type of vehicle is capable of.
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In the model of Chrysler Town & Country minivan that Karla is driving it shows her releasing the parking brake by hand when she has the kidnapper body-locked in the side door. This model of vehicle does not have a hand brake, it has a foot brake which can only be engaged on or off by the pedal left of the gas and brake pedal in the driver's floorboard. Her releasing the brake by hand in this vehicle is impossible.
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When a vehicle airbag deploys, it is automatically rendered incapable of being driven, yet Karla drives off in her minivan seconds later.
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In a fight scene, Karla easily grabs and holds onto the barrel of a shotgun moments after it was fired by Terry. However, metal barrels of firearms heat up greatly after being discharged, so grabbing it would burn Karla's hands.
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Miscellaneous 

Karla drove what appears to be an early-2010s model Chrysler Town and Country minivan while the antagonists drove a mid-1980s Ford Mustang GT. During chases, the film implies the Mustang is faster although in reality both cars have about the same performance, and given its age and apparent mediocre maintenance, the minivan likely accelerates considerably faster.
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The antagonists' 1986 Ford Mustang is consistently referred to as "green", despite its shade being much closer to a blue-gray.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

During the climax, the kidnappers' attack dog - who was moments ago on the dock just above the characters, hunting them - disappears without explanation and is never seen or mentioned again. However, the movie blatantly shows the dog getting shot by the big woman as she falls into the water.
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Plot holes 

After Karla's minivan deploys the front airbags in the accident with the black Volvo, shielding a pedestrian from being hit, she restarts the vehicle and continued the chase. Vehicles have a built in fail-safe that renders them unable to restart after an airbag deploys.
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Revealing mistakes 

Obvious male stunt double wearing a long blonde wig doubling for the woman hit by the car near the end of the last chase sequence.
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When Karla rings the police from the kidnappers house they say the response time is between 7 and 15 minutes. When Karla dispatches the last of the kidnappers all the police arrive at the same time. Many cars and 1 helicopter. The helicopter should have gotten there much sooner.
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Spoilers

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Plot holes 

Toward the end of the film, the male kidnapper drives two miles to his house to drop off Frankie, then returns to kill Karla. All this happens in the space of less than a minute. This is not nearly enough time for all that to happen.
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