The Da Vinci CodeGoofs
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(at around 2h) When Robert and Sophie are in the depths of Roslyn Chapel they lift a carpet to reveal a trap door. As they lift the carpet the fleur-de-lis is clearly visible, in the next scene it is obscured by debris and needs to be cleaned out to be recognizable.
When Sophie is being held at knife-point by Silas, you see blood trickling from the cut the knife point makes. When the scene shifts back, there is no blood or cut. When it shifts again, the cut and blood are back, and she has the cut/healing wound for the rest of the film.
The bandage Sophie puts onto her leg, while riding the bus, disappears then reappears later in the movie, with no sign of the injury while it is gone.
Vinegar or scientifically known as acetic acid is a weak acid and thus unable to dissolve a sturdy material such as papyrus. Even a strong acid, like hydrochloride acid, will takes hours to dissolve papyrus. So actually they can just force open the cryptex and the vinegar-soaked papyrus would still be intact and readable.
Teabing suggests DNA testing of the body of Mary Magdalene can be used to prove Sophie is a descendent of Jesus. Not only would that not prove a link to Jesus, but there is no actual evidence that the body inside the sarcophagus is even Mary Magdalene. No genetic material exists to compare it against (and if there was the body wouldn't be needed anyway), so it could be anyone.
(at around 12 mins) When flying in the private jet and taking a call from Silas, the Bishop Aringarosa is using a cellular (GSM) phone. At this height, confirmed by a shot through the window revealing the clouds canopy below, it is impossible to get mobile network coverage.
Incorrectly regarded as goofs
(at around 4 mins) In Langdon's opening presentation on symbology, he shows a series of slides of modern symbols and their ancient origins. The CND "peace sign" logo is shown followed by an inverted crucifix. In fact the CND logo was created in the 1950s in Britain, by superimposing the two semaphore symbols for "N" and "D", to stand for "nuclear disarmament". The false "broken cross" history of the symbol was invented in the 1970s in the United States - suggesting Langdon didn't do his research properly. However, Langdon's presentation doesn't just speak of the intended meaning of symbols, but also of the (often presumptuous) interpretation of them, making the CND slide particularly relevant.
(at around 49 mins) The cryptex was said to be made by Leonardo Da Vinci, and the clue to open it refers to Isaac Newton's grave. Da Vinci (1452-1519) died 124 years before Newton (1643-1727) was even born. However, Sophie says that the cryptex was only designed by Da Vinci, not made by him. In the novel, Sophie states that this cryptex was built by her grandfather.
Teabing is utterly convinced that DNA testing of Mary Magdalene's body will prove that Sophie is her descendant (and by default a descendant of Jesus Christ). However, although human bones can last for thousands of years, DNA deteriorates, and without knowing how Mary Magdalene died or what state her body was buried in, it would be entirely possible that a valid sample could not be extracted from the body. An educated man who had devoted his life's work to the cause should have known that, and mentioned it in his explanations to Sophie and Langdon.
Obvious fake 'bald spot' on the priest's head at 1:11'53" (use of a wig).
At the beginning of the movie Robert is on a conference about symbols. The first pictures he shows to the audience is a hood that the audience interprets as "racism", "hatred" or "Ku Klux Klan" but Robert says they would disagree in Spain where there are robes worn by priests. No priests dress that way in Spain, those are called "nazarenos" (nazarenes) and are laypersons who dress like that in the street processions.
At 59m 59s the falling statue does not sound like rock falling. Sounds more like an empty wooden box being hit, or falling onto a stage.
(at around 1h 11 mins) The Dome of the Rock is in the background as Mary Magdalene is leaving Jerusalem. The Dome of the Rock was built in the 7th century AD, about 600 years later.
(at around 1h 40 mins) On the bus, the mobile phone Langdon uses to look up A. Pope is a Sony Ericsson W850i, a model which had not debuted in the UK until well after May 2006.
At 34'20", the junkie's mouth (or rather jaw) does not move when he says "okay".
(at around 55 mins) When Fache visits Andre Vernet in the hospital, he calls him Vernet Andre at the beginning of his interrogation - putting his last name first. Then he doesn't speak his name again. The English subtitles has Fache start into his interrogation using Andre Vernet's name (used correctly this time) later on in the discussion - not at the beginning.
Crew or equipment visible
(at around 50 mins) As Robert and Sophie travel in the back of the armored van to Leigh Teabing's residence, they hold hands in an attempt to calm Robert due to his claustrophobia. As they hold hands, an intermittent yellow light from an external source (supposedly street lamps) is seen. It would be impossible to see any such light from within the back of an armored van. It has also been revealed that they are traveling along a secluded country track with no street lighting.
When Langdon and Sophie go into Westminster Abbey there are crowds of people, with police behind barriers and watching filming.
(at around 1h 35 mins) When Langdon, Teabing and Sophie are exiting the car to the church in London, the reflection of the jimmy jib operator is clearly seen on the cars windshield.
Errors in geography
Sophie presses the tracking device he's found in his pocket into a (white) bar of soap he's taken from the toilets and throws it out of the window into the back of a truck. The Louvre toilets are supplied with large lemon-shaped (and lemon-scented... and lemon-colored) soaps fixed to metal rods over the sinks. The Louvre toilets do not have windows at all.
When Robert Langdon, having just escaped from the gunfire at Temple Church, says he needs to get to a library, he and Sophie Neveu are on Fleet Street, around 3-5 minutes walk from the Maughan Library, a huge university library which would have certainly provided any information Robert would require. However, instead they board a bus headed to Chelsea Library, which Robert laments is at least 30 minutes away.
There was no need to know the capsule's combination in order to open it as vinegar is easily frozen in a household freezer. Simply freeze the capsule and then smash it open to reveal the internal message.
The cut of the initial sequence of the movie (intercuts between the Louvre murder and Langdon's lecture), as well as the fact that the police officers come for Langdon during his post-lecture signing of books, create a major continuity lapse in the police' reasoning that Langdon is suspect. How could he commit a murder in Louvre (which can be easily timed due to the victim activating the alarm) while giving a lecture to thousand people? (In the book, he is visited by police several hours after the lecture, which would then allow him enough time to possibly commit the crime, as he is suspected.)
If Sophie's grandfather Jacques knew that the holy grail is safely kept at Louvre and no one except Sophie's grandmother (who even Sophie or the Teacher didn't know about, the Teacher even didn't know Sophie was Jacques' granddaughter) knew about it, why did he ask Sophie to find Langdon? If he wanted Sophie to know about her lineage and/or holy grail, her grandmother who herself is a Priory of Sion member could explain it better than Langdon. There is no danger either to Sophie or Sophie's grandmother or to the holy grail. Silas could never get the holy grail with the information Jacques gave and it was just a red herring. If he wanted Sophie to find her family or her grandmother, all he had to do was do nothing. Her grandmother who knew about Sophie would find her anyway after things calmed down.
Boom mic visible
(at around 1h 45 mins) When Silas shoots the Bishop, there is a shot from behind Silas where he bends down. You can see the shape of the mike battery pack under just above the rope tied around his waist to help support his robes.
(at around 7 mins) While conversing with Arigarosa in Latin, Silas calls "Paris" "Parisi". The Latin name for Paris was Lutetia; "Parisi" was the name of its inhabitants.
(at around 1h 7 mins) Sir Leigh Teabing refers to the phenomenon of peoples' minds interpreting the same thing differently ("seeing what it wants to see") as scotoma. In reality, it's called pareidolia. Scotoma is the natural "blind spot" inherent the eyes of most mammals with good vision.
(at around 1h 55 mins) Langdon deduces that the orb that ought be on Newton's tomb; the orb with rosy flesh that fell from the heavens and inspired his life's work is A-P-P-L-E. But Newton's identification of gravity was based on his observation and study of a C-O-M-E-T. An apple was not involved, and his life's work was primarily mathematics.