Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol

Plot hole: When Ethan meets the Secretary in the car, he tells him that Hendricks was seen leaving the Kremlin with the nuclear launch device and deduces that he is Cobalt. The Secretary then gives Ethan the flash drive containing his mission, which Ethan reads on the train. Ethan then tells the rest of the team that - according to the mission - IMF believes that Hendricks is Cobalt and was seen leaving the Kremlin with the launch device - hence why he needs to buy the launch codes from Moreau. How could IMF have known about this information to put it on the drive, given that Ethan just told the Secretary in the car?

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Suggested correction: Ethan asks Brandt to identify the man he saw (Hendricks). Brandt explains that he is a nuclear physicist with extreme views ("he's crazy). Ethan then refers to him as "Cobalt." IMF always knew, or at least suspected, that Hendricks was Cobalt. Ethan simply confirmed that he was the man in the Kremlin.

Factual error: When Tom Cruise chases the villain in a parking lot in Mumbai, the "Parking" sign is written in Kannada (the scene was shot in the Sun Network station at Bangalore). Regional signs in Mumbai are in Hindi or Marathi (the state language of Maharashtra, of which Mumbai is the capital).

Factual error: The cars in the car park scene are left hand drive (specially the ones involving the main action scenes), but the sequence is set in India, where the cars are right hand drive.

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Continuity mistake: Early in the film, Ethan is talking with Jane in the back of the van after they have dropped off the Russian. There is a silver flexible arm lamp hanging down that is visible when the camera is on Jane, when the camera cuts to Ethan and back to Jane it is no longer visible. A few camera shots later and it has reappeared in the original location.

Continuity mistake: When Ethan gets instructions on the screen in the payphone there is a countdown on a screen visible, a split second later when the camera shows the phone from a distance that screen has gone and the payphone is 'closed' again. (00:19:10)

Continuity mistake: During the sandstorm, when Ethan is run over by the car, its left side mirror breaks, but appears fixed in the brief opposite angle.

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Continuity mistake: The mess around dead Hendricks (glasses, position of suitcase) changes between shots.

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Factual error: There are no areas with palm trees, Arabic market stalls etc. anywhere near Burj Khalifa. It lies in the middle of a newly developed, very polished business area.

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Continuity mistake: After the sandstorm ends, there's a shot showing Ethan's back and the sand moves away. Ethan's shadow is behind him, meaning that the sun is in front of him, butwhen the shot changes to view his front, the shadow is in front of him, meaning that the sun is now behind him. (01:22:05)


Factual error: Ethan Hunt's iPhone in Dubai is connected to the AT&T network in Dubai, when that network doesn't operate in the UAE.

Continuity mistake: As Ethan and Benji go through the Kremlin Benji isn't wearing glasses, but a cut later he's wearing them.

Continuity mistake: When Ethan drives the BMW off the parking lot in Mumbai we see that his face is covered in blood. After he disarms the ICBM and the Russians comes in to arrest him we see that his face is clean.

Factual error: In the scene where Tom Cruise enters the server room and plugs his thumb drive into the server, it is a Dell power edge 2650 which was released around 5/6/2002 and stopped shipping around 8/13/2004. The building was opened in 2009 - it's beyond belief an ultra modern building would be run using a cluster of out of date, out of warranty, underpowered computers.

Factual error: In the scene with the cars in elevators, right after Ethan jumps into a car to get the briefcase, he sees the bad guy coming down on him in the mirror, yet this is an impossible angle and there's no way he could have seen that.


Factual error: When Ethan runs after the villain after coming out of Burj Khalifa he reaches DIFC, which is not a walkable distance from the tower, and you can see Burj next to the DIFC Gate which isn't there in reality.

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Continuity mistake: When Ethan is hanging on the outside of the Burj trying to kick in the laser-etched circle of glass, his hand position changes from outside the circle to across the line of the circle as the shot changes from outside to inside the building.

Continuity mistake: When Moreau is brought to the room and sat on the chair, her hair swaps from messy to brushed between shots.

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Factual error: After the IMF crew rescue Ethan Hunt from the Russian prison, they stop and Ethan Hunt walks up to a payphone. The information on the telephone is in Russian, but worded incorrectly.


Continuity mistake: When Ethan is climbing Burj Khalifa, the sandstorm is approaching from the north. When he exits the building he runs to the north, and the sandstorm is now approaching from the south.

Continuity mistake: Ethan is walking down the steps of the airplane and the car drives by. He is then one step back up. (01:31:15)

Brandt: The rope isn't long enough!
Ethan Hunt: No shit!

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Trivia: The number A113 (which appeared in Brad Bird's previous films The Incredibles and Ratatouille) makes two appearances here. The first is on the side of Hanaway's ring in the flashback sequence, and the second is verbally as Ethan's agent ID that he recites through the phone after he escapes from the hospital. (00:14:40)

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