History Film / Collateral

16th Aug '16 2:46:08 AM Morgenthaler
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* {{Badass}}: Vincent, of course. And Max doesn't do too badly after he [[TookALevelInBadass Takes A Few Levels In Badass]].
7th Aug '16 7:54:25 PM TomTheEducator
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+ TooDumbToLive: Played with when it comes to the two muggers. After all, they're both armed and don't ''know'' what [[ProfessionalKiller Vincent]] is capable of, like the audience does. Then again, demanding money from a man ''clearly tied to the steering wheel of his car'' doesn't do them any favors...
** Not to mention that rather than maintain his distance - which is, y'know, ''the point'' of using a firearm - Mugger #1 gets right up in Vincent's face and make it easy for him to slap the gun away and neutralize him. Mugger #2 has his gun jammed so far down the front of his pants that he's still fumbling for it when Vincent switches to him.
7th Aug '16 7:47:49 PM TomTheEducator
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** The famous "briefcase scene" is a literal example. No editing, no sped-up film or special effects: Tom Cruise ''really was that fast'' after weeks of constant weapons training. In fact, he actually beat the time given in the script: 1.39 seconds as opposed to 1.6 seconds.



* TheSociopath: Vincent is described as such in-story.

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* TheSociopath: Vincent is described as such in-story. He ticks most of the boxes, but there ''are'' glimpses into his personality that does show conflict and maybe smidges of regret for what he does.


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** Vincent then turns around and smacks ''Max'' with an equally brutal one (see above), tearing into him for not having the courage to take any risks and make something of himself, or even call a girl he likes, even comparing Max's voluntary stagnation to "murder". Somewhat bites him in the ass, since [[spoiler: it seems to get to Max so much that he shifts gears into "Badass" and deliberately wrecks the cab to halt Vincent's killing spree]].
2nd Apr '16 9:52:35 PM bt8257
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* BookEnds: At the beginning of the film, after Vincent gets into Max's cab, he remarks that he hates LA, and then relates a story about how a normal guy got on the MTA, had a heart attack and died, and then rode the train the rest of the day with no one noticing. At the end, [[spoiler: Vincent, mortally wounded, sits down on the MTA and asks Max if anyone will notice his death before dying.]]
* BoomHeadShot: Combined with DoubleTap for Vincent's SignatureMove: The Mozambique (or "Failure to Stop") Drill.

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* BookEnds: {{Bookends}}: At the beginning of the film, after Vincent gets into Max's cab, he remarks that he hates LA, and then relates a story about how a normal guy got on the MTA, had a heart attack and died, and then rode the train the rest of the day with no one noticing. At the end, [[spoiler: Vincent, mortally wounded, sits down on the MTA and asks Max if anyone will notice his death before dying.]]
* BoomHeadShot: BoomHeadshot: Combined with DoubleTap for Vincent's SignatureMove: The Mozambique (or "Failure to Stop") Drill.
19th Mar '16 11:52:50 AM Rebu
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** The director also went through weapons training himself. Officially, it's so he'd know more about how to direct gunplay. There's a good chance he just went "oh, what the heck".
19th Mar '16 11:43:04 AM Rebu
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* HoistByHisOwnPetard: At the end of the film, [[spoiler:Max ends up killing Vincent with the latter's own [=USP45=]]]. In addition, Vincent's attempt to use his signature Mozambique Drill backfires, [[spoiler:causing the bullets to hit the steel barrier and thus preventing him from killing Max first]].

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* HoistByHisOwnPetard: At the end of the film, [[spoiler:Max ends up killing Vincent with the latter's own [=USP45=]]]. In addition, Vincent's [[spoiler:Vincent's attempt to use his signature Mozambique Drill backfires, [[spoiler:causing causing the bullets to hit the steel barrier and thus preventing him from killing Max first]].
5th Mar '16 3:18:56 PM Damar
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** More specifically, when Vincent ties Max to the steering wheel to make sure he doesn't drive away while Vincent takes care of business, Max honks the horn that draws some people to his predictament. Unfortunately they turn out to be muggers who at first don't even *notice* Max is tied to the steering wheel and demand his wallet while holding him at gunpoint and despite no reason still continue to make threats at him as they take his money and Vincent's briefcase. Then Vincent shows up...



* DeathByIrony: Vincent, for all his talk of adapting, I Ching, Darwin - acting as Chaos personified - exclusively uses the [[BoomHeadshot Mozambique Drill]] technique to eliminate his targets, [[spoiler:allowing Max to get the better of him in a blind shoot-out.]]

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* DeathByIrony: Vincent, for all his talk of adapting, I Ching, Darwin - acting as Chaos personified - exclusively uses the [[BoomHeadshot Mozambique Drill]] technique to eliminate his targets, [[spoiler:allowing Max to get the better of him in a blind shoot-out.shoot-out as his specific shooting routine only hits the carriage door where as Max's inexpierenced random shots manage to get past the obstruction and hit Vincent.]]
24th Feb '16 5:09:07 AM erforce
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* {{Cameo}}: Jason Statham's character from ''TheTransporter'' pops up to deliver the workups on Vincent's targets.

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* {{Cameo}}: Jason Statham's character from ''TheTransporter'' ''Film/TheTransporter'' pops up to deliver the workups on Vincent's targets.
29th Jan '16 7:58:48 PM Boggs
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* RealityEnsues: Vincent is a steely-eyed, cold-blooded killer and total {{Badass}}. [[spoiler: He still gets killed by a lucky shot [[Irony from what has to be the most timid man in all of LA.]]]]

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* RealityEnsues: Vincent is a steely-eyed, cold-blooded killer and a total {{Badass}}. [[spoiler: He still gets killed by a lucky shot [[Irony [[{{Irony}} from what has to be the most timid man in all of LA.]]]]
29th Jan '16 7:56:51 PM Boggs
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* PetTheDog: [[spoiler: Even after Max fatally wounds him, it's pretty clear Vincent could still have simply reloaded his weapon and killed him. He chooses not to and instead merely [[FaceDeathWithDignity faces death with dignity]], although it may have something to do with Vincent knowing his number's up and not wanting to die completely alone.]]]]

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* PetTheDog: [[spoiler: Even after Max fatally wounds him, it's pretty clear Vincent could still have simply reloaded his weapon and killed him. He chooses not to and instead merely [[FaceDeathWithDignity faces death with dignity]], although it may have something to do with Vincent knowing his number's up and not wanting to die completely alone.]]]]]]


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* RealityEnsues: Vincent is a steely-eyed, cold-blooded killer and total {{Badass}}. [[spoiler: He still gets killed by a lucky shot [[Irony from what has to be the most timid man in all of LA.]]]]
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