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(at around 41 mins) When you hear the voice of Dr. Cocteau narrating the museum exhibit, he states that below the museum patrons is an actual 20th Century street preserved since the earthquake of 2010. If the earthquake happened in 2010, the preserved street would be from the 21st Century, not the 20th.
(at around 58 mins) Huxley states that because salt is harmful, it has been made illegal. In truth, the minimum requirement of sodium necessary to sustain life has been estimated at 500 mg per day; in other words, without salt, you would die. If you're active and therefore perspire a lot (as is perhaps the case with John Spartan), your need for salt increases significantly.
(at around 1h 14 mins) After "having sex" with Lenina Huxley, John Spartan returns to his apartment, picks up a ball of yarn, and starts winding the yarn around his hand and elbow to create a skein, which makes no sense. Yarn which is sold in skeins is often wound into balls prior to use to avoid tangles, so Spartan's ball of yarn is ready to go; winding it into skein serves no purpose, other than increasing the likelihood of potential tangles, which any serious knitter would want to avoid.
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(at around 19 mins) When the computer is responding to the first Code 187s, it is heard to say, "Last recorded offense: September 25, 2010," which in the movie would have been 22 years previously. However, when Spartan is first thawed, Garcia tells him that "There have been no deaths of unnatural causes in San Angeles in the last 16 years." His math is off. It is stated that the last recorded offense of "187" (which is the actual current California Penal Code section for murder), was 22 years previous. It was also stated, "There have been no deaths of unnatural causes in San Angeles in the last 16 years." Both can be simultaneously correct. Death by unnatural causes does not assume murder, and they are not the same. It is possible, and consistent with the story line, although excessively Utopian, there were no murders for 22 years, and there were no unnatural deaths for 16 years. There are countless possibilities of death, including homicide, that are not murder. For example, if a person choked on a cherry pit and died, it would be unnatural, but not (likely) murder. As well, industrial accidents resulting in death occur frequently, and are not murder. It's hard to believe that any society could continue for 16 years with no unnatural death, but improbability does not equal impossibility.
(at around 5 mins) In the beginning of the movie, a stockpile of C4 catches fire, and thus blows the whole building up. C4 only can be detonated by a detonation charge or blasting cap which is just a smaller explosive. If it catches fire, it burns slowly. This is true of C4, however there were no details to describe, and no one suggested, the C4 was only detonated by the fire. It is reasonable to believe Phoenix detonated them by other means. Spartan stated to his captain, "he rigged the place to blow". The complete destruction of the building in successive detonations is a firm indicator the charges were strategically placed throughout, and anyone with that skill would not rely on a gasoline fire for detonation. It is also possible the gasoline fire was intended as a lure for responders, as it would increase the casualty count at the time of the explosive detonation. Phoenix did not expect Spartan to appear at that time, which may have caused Phoenix to alter his plan in any number of ways.
Both Spartan and Phoenix receive verbal morality tickets throughout the film the latter's tickets are issued without giving a name due to his lack of a code chip. By that logic he shouldn't receive a fine at all because in addition to identification the chip is also responsible for all monetary transactions meaning any fine incurred couldn't be enforced. This is a futuristic computer-operated system in a world where everyone is Lo-Jacked, and no one has reason to believe otherwise. Phoenix affected his own premature release, and was not subject to the "normal" method, which certainly would have included the implant. It isn't unreasonable to believe the computer system automatically triggers on Verbal Morality Code words or phrases, and responds even when it is unclear who is the offender. It would be reasonable for the computer to simply respond as programmed with, "[null], you are fined one credit for violation of the verbal morality code", and print the ticket with no name.