History Film / CloakAndDagger

12th Feb '18 5:44:58 PM ReturnedYetAgain
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* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: It's never clear whether Jack Flack is some sort of magical being or if he's really just a figment of Davey's imagination. Jack seems to have more situational awareness than Davey in some scenes and implies that he was also Davey's father's imaginary friend.

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* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: It's never clear whether Jack Flack is some sort of magical being or if he's really just a figment of Davey's imagination. Jack seems to have more situational awareness than Davey in some scenes and implies that he was also Davey's father's imaginary friend. It's even possible that Rice is able to see him during the showdown at the Sunken Gardens, though he may have also been reacting to where Davey was looking and firing on instinct.
--> DAVEY: He could see you!
--> JACK: (wincing) I doubt he had the imagination.


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* NiceHat: Jack Flack is never seen without his bulletproof beret -- though in Davey's showdown with Rice, it turns out that [[RealityEnsues it doesn't stop real bullets.]]
8th Jan '18 8:26:17 AM Cryoclaste
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* WrongGenreSavvy: Davey think's -- at least at first -- he's in a more kid-friendly spy story, a la his board games or SpyKids, or perhaps a lighter JamesBond story. Actually, he's in a grittier, darker spy story, akin to Film/{{Ronin}} or a JohnLeCarre novel (more family-friendly, but still pretty brutal).

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* WrongGenreSavvy: Davey think's -- at least at first -- he's in a more kid-friendly spy story, a la his board games or SpyKids, or perhaps a lighter JamesBond Film/JamesBond story. Actually, he's in a grittier, darker spy story, akin to Film/{{Ronin}} or a JohnLeCarre novel (more family-friendly, but still pretty brutal).
2nd Jan '18 12:03:25 PM DaBradGuy
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* ExtremelyShortTimespan: The film takes place over, at most, about 36 hours.


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* WrongGenreSavvy: Davey think's -- at least at first -- he's in a more kid-friendly spy story, a la his board games or SpyKids, or perhaps a lighter JamesBond story. Actually, he's in a grittier, darker spy story, akin to Film/{{Ronin}} or a JohnLeCarre novel (more family-friendly, but still pretty brutal).
13th Dec '17 8:11:17 AM DaBradGuy
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* EvilGloating: Rice takes pleasure in telling Davey how he will [[ForTheEvulz enjoy shooting]] [[ToThePain Davey in the kneecaps and stomach]] [[WouldHurtAChild then watch as Davey dies slowly and painfully.]] At first, Rice thinks Davey only has a water pistol, but at some point it's clear he figures that Davey has a real gun... but can't bring himself to pull the trigger. Justified in that Rice is (1) a truly ''nasty'' piece of work, and (2) he's ''right.'' Davey would never have been able to shoot, even in self-defense... had not [[spoiler: Jack made a HeroicSacrifice, albeit an imaginary one.]]
13th Dec '17 7:39:56 AM DaBradGuy
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* AdultFear: Your wife has died, and your son has retreated into a fantasy world that is interfering with is real life. Some of this is an understandable way to deal with a loss, but your son is taking it entirely too far, to the point where he is hallucinating his imaginary friend, and (you think) he is now suffering from a delusion that he is really being chased by "the bad guys."
** And it gets even worse when you realize that that [[CassandraTruth someone really]] ''[[CassandraTruth was]]'' after him, and [[spoiler: you think they may have killed him, and you might have prevented it if you had listened to him earlier....]]
--> '''Hal:''' (whispering) Oh God. Why didn't I believe him?



--> '''Davey:''' Jack, where are you?! I can't do this on my own!

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--> '''Davey:''' Jack, where are you?! come back! I can't do this on my own!
13th Dec '17 7:31:21 AM DaBradGuy
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* WhamLine: Near the end, after Jack has disappeared....
--> '''Davey:''' Jack, where are you?! I can't do this on my own!
--> '''Jack's Disembodied Voice:''' Yes you can. You were '''''always''''' on your own.
13th Dec '17 7:27:44 AM DaBradGuy
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* ParentsAsPeople: As stated in AdultsAreUseless, Hal, Davey's father, should have had more faith in his son. But considering that he was juggling raising a son on his own, working a stressful job in the Air Force, and dealing with the death of his wife, one can't judge him, especially as that son has retreated into his own fantasy world. At one point, Hal lectures Davey gently that real heroes don't go out and kill "the bad guys;" they do boring things like trying to raise a family right. He also worries, correctly, that Davey's fantasy world has become unhealthy. If anything, Hal is WrongGenreSavvy; most of the time, his advice would be dead-on accurate. When he realizes that Davey was right, Hal is horrified, and he [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone regrets not believing in him.]] Then, when Davey is in trouble and Hal is in a position to help, he goes into full PapaWolf mode. Hal is a near-textbook case of how to write a parent as a complex, imperfect human being correctly. Dabney Coleman has stated that he has had many men come to him and tell him they saw this movie with their sons or fathers, and [[HeartwarmingMoments it was very important in their life.]]
11th Dec '17 9:19:10 AM DaBradGuy
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** It's justified -- and even deconstructed -- in that Davey's fantasy spy stories have destroyed his credibility, and most of the adults believe, reasonably, that he is CryingWolf. Hal, Davey's father, should have had more faith in his son, but Hal [[ParentsAsPeople is dealing with the recent death of his wife, he has to raise his son on his own, and he is justifiably worried his son is withdrawing into a fantasy spy world to deal with his mother's death.]] More than anything, Hal is WrongGenreSavvy; once he realizes Davey has been telling the truth, he goes into PapaWolf mode.
27th Apr '17 9:28:06 AM amphiboly
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* FreudianTrio: Haverman, Alvarez, and Rice fall under this trope as the Id, Ego, and Superego, respectively, in terms of their impulsive behavior, [[RefugeInAudacity as they select some very public San Antonio landmarks in which they conduct their dirty spy business]]. Haverman is the most reckless, while Alvarez falls somewhere in between him and Rice, who is the most discreet (be it ever so slightly.) [[spoiler: Not surprisingly, this is precisely the order in which they are killed. Haverman is killed in a car wreck when he carelessly drives the van into a jewelry store [[HoistByHisOwnPetard after intending to run down and kill Davey]]; Alvarez is accidentally killed by Rice during the aforementioned "[[DeadlyDodging Crossfire]] [[BatmanGambit Gambit]]" when Rice tries to shoot Davey instead; and finally, after picking up the gun from Alvarez's corpse, Davey kills the remaining spy out of rage when backed into a wall when he thinks said remaining spy has killed Jack Flack]].

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* FreudianTrio: Haverman, Alvarez, and Rice fall under this trope as the Id, Ego, and Superego, respectively, in terms of their impulsive behavior, [[RefugeInAudacity as they select some very public San Antonio landmarks in which they conduct their dirty spy business]]. Haverman is the most reckless, while Alvarez falls somewhere in between him and Rice, who is the most discreet (be it ever so (albeit very slightly.) [[spoiler: Not surprisingly, this is precisely the order in which they are killed. Haverman is killed in a car wreck when he carelessly drives the van into a jewelry store [[HoistByHisOwnPetard after intending to run down and kill Davey]]; Alvarez is accidentally killed by Rice during the aforementioned "[[DeadlyDodging Crossfire]] [[BatmanGambit Gambit]]" when Rice tries to shoot Davey instead; and finally, after picking up the gun from Alvarez's corpse, Davey kills the remaining spy out of rage when backed into a wall when he thinks said remaining spy has killed Jack Flack]].
19th Apr '17 12:22:02 AM tommythegun
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* HollywoodSilencer: Used on nearly every gun in the movie.
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