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(I) (2018)

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Anachronisms 

Early in the film, Neeson is walking across the main concourse in Grand Central Terminal toward the East gates. Sunlight reflects on the floor through the windows on the east wall. No sunlight has reflected on the concourse floor since the construction next door of the old Commodore hotel in 1929. The old Commodore (now the Grand Hyatt) is actually on the South/East side of Grand Central. The windows on the East side (above the Apple Store) are unobstructed and sun does come through.
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Continuity 

When Michael jumps from the derailing car he lands on the front of the last car, but when he's pulled back inside, he's in the door at the back of the car instead of the front.
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After Neeson is hit on his face a little boy is pointing to his nose because it's bleeding. He takes a tissue and that one is all ready red before cleaning his noise/face.
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After coming out of the portal but before 125th Street, they cross the same bridge twice (which is on the NYC subway 6 line and does not even share the same tracks as Metro North).
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During a fight scene a little over an hour into the movie, Liam is using a guitar that changes colors from black to red (or a dark wood grain).
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We see alternating shots of McCauley and the conductor at ground level in Westchester County, along with the engineer operating the train on elevated tracks in NYC.
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Errors in geography 

In the film, Tarrytown station has two side platforms and two tracks while Beacon station has four tracks. The actual stations are opposite, Tarrytown has 4 tracks on two island platforms while Beacon station has two tracks.
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The station names depicted in this film have purple bands. Metro-North's Hudson line is considered to be a green line and thus uses green bands above station names.
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One of the "stations" between Grand Central Terminal and 125th Street has "HP" mosaics on the wall - - HP stands for Hunts Point Ave in the Bronx - - a NYC subway station which does not share the same tracks as Metro-North.
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Factual errors 

NYPD has zero ability to leave the city limits and take charge of any crime scene let alone a hostage situation in another County. The Westchester County Police and Metro North Police would handle the stand off.
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There is nothing remotely like the scope the police snipers have at the end of the film. Nothing (but complex, close-range, multi-antenna, experimental systems in university labs) can see through walls, and nothing can see through metal walls.
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The train Neeson's character rides is the Hudson Line of Metro-North, yet the station stops depicted as he returns home from Grand Central Terminal to Tarrytown are clearly NYC subway stops (86th Street, etc.). Metro-North commuter trains do not share train tracks or station stops with NYC subway lines.
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As they are trying to decouple the train's last car, there's an outside shot of the train speeding by. The train speed is high, but not one of the leaves of the trees close to the tracks seems to move.
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When the assault team are at the entrance of the train and were told to back off, the point man repeated this message to his men. An assault team in this covert style would not use voice procedure, it would be complete hand signalling so as not to let the hostage taker know an assault is imminent.
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Ten Mile River is in the Harlem line, not the Hudson line. Shows driver at front window with train going North - not possible. Trains to Cold Spring are diesel, not electric. An end window would be at the back of the train. The train is going North but Hudson is on the right of the train. Wrong side.
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A large number of passengers on the Beacon-bound train disembark at 125th Street. All northbound Metro-North Hudson line trains going that distance to Beacon would not allow anyone getting off that train as 125th Street is a stop only to receive passengers. Also, the majority of these customers would use the nearby NYC subway between Grand Central and 125th Street.
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The NYPD does not patrol inside Grand Central Station. The Metro North Police are responsible for the station and all the rail lines.
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Revealing mistakes 

When the emergency brake on a train is pulled, it does not require any action from the engineer to stop the train. The system will force the train to stop (quite quickly, in fact) and will require human intervention only to reset the system to get the train moving again.

However, it did appear that there was an explosion when the emergency brake was pulled indicating it may have been sabotaged. If the emergency brakes had indeed failed to activate, the engineer would be needed to stop the train.
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Alex stabs and slices several people many times in the final fight scene, yet when he drops the knife there isn't a speck of blood on it.
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Spoilers

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Errors in geography 

The end of the film takes place on a commuter train in Chicago, yet the single-level interior shown is similar to the interiors shown on the Metro-North trains in New York. Chicago commuter rail cars are double-decked "gallery cars" which bear little resemblance to commuter trains used in New York.
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