History Film / DefendingYourLife

23rd Dec '17 6:52:02 PM AnotherGuy
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* CentralTheme: The nature of fear. The film examines the subject very closely, and asks some philosophical questions. If you save yourself in a deadly situation, is it bravery or just instinctual survival? Can later actions negate an act of bravery? And so on.
23rd Dec '17 6:41:09 PM AnotherGuy
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-->'''Friend:''' In an 8.5 earthquake, you'll ''beg'' for a Jeep.\\
'''Daniel:''' In an 8.5 earthquake, I'll beg for a ''coffin''.
21st Dec '17 7:49:42 PM tropeminer
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* {{Handwave}} / AWizardDidIt: In-universe, whenever Daniel is amazed at the Residents knowing things they shouldn't, they essentially say "Big brains, remember?"

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* {{Handwave}} / AWizardDidIt: {{Handwave}}[=/=]AWizardDidIt: In-universe, whenever Daniel is amazed at the Residents knowing things they shouldn't, they essentially say "Big brains, remember?"



* InsistentTerminology / ImmediateSelfContradiction: All the staff of Judgment City insist repeatedly that the proceedings for each deceased are not a "trial." What exactly the proceedings ''are'', that involve a courtroom, judges, prosecution, defense counsel, opening statements, cross-examination, and closing statements, but ''are not a trial'', is never revealed.

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* InsistentTerminology / ImmediateSelfContradiction: InsistentTerminology[=/=]ImmediateSelfContradiction: All the staff of Judgment City insist repeatedly that the proceedings for each deceased are not a "trial." What exactly the proceedings ''are'', that involve a courtroom, judges, prosecution, defense counsel, opening statements, cross-examination, and closing statements, but ''are not a trial'', is never revealed.



* PunchClockVillain / DesignatedVillain / JerkWithAHeartOfGold: [[spoiler: Lena. It's implied that part of her role is to antagonize Daniel as seen in Xanatos Gambit below. Remember, ''both'' "lawyers" work for the Universe. While she and Bob seems to genuinely hate each other, even she beams a smile when Daniel declares his true love for Julia.]]

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* PunchClockVillain / DesignatedVillain / JerkWithAHeartOfGold: PunchClockVillain[=/=]DesignatedVillain[=/=]JerkWithAHeartOfGold: [[spoiler: Lena. It's implied that part of her role is to antagonize Daniel as seen in Xanatos Gambit below. Remember, ''both'' "lawyers" work for the Universe. While she and Bob seems to genuinely hate each other, even she beams a smile when Daniel declares his true love for Julia.]]



* StiffUpperLip / StepfordSmiler: Daniel seems to be angst-ridden but taking it all in stride.

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* StiffUpperLip / StepfordSmiler: StiffUpperLip[=/=]StepfordSmiler: Daniel seems to be angst-ridden but taking it all in stride.
18th Sep '17 12:16:43 PM AnotherGuy
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* ActionSurvivor: Daniel crashing in his snowmobile, breaking his leg in two places and dragging himself three miles to get help. The question of whether Daniel was conquering a fear of death or just showing a survival instinct is the argument.
18th Sep '17 12:13:20 PM AnotherGuy
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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: InUniverse and invoked, as the trial tries to determine whether Daniel's actions were fear motivated. A perfect example is Daniel being thrust to speak in front of a large audience, but never speaks thanks to a timely gas leak evacuation. Lena presents it as an example of Daniel's fear not letting him speak, while Bob states he'd have used the same clip to demonstrate Daniel's courage (despite being pushed on stage by his co-worker.)

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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: InUniverse and invoked, as the trial tries to determine whether Daniel's actions were fear motivated. A perfect example is Daniel being thrust to speak in front of a large audience, but never speaks thanks to a timely gas leak evacuation. Lena presents it as an example of Daniel's fear not letting him speak, while Bob states he'd have used the same clip to demonstrate Daniel's courage (despite being pushed on stage by his co-worker.)) Lena counters that Daniel never spoke in front of a large group of people again.
18th Sep '17 12:11:46 PM AnotherGuy
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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: InUniverse and invoked, as the trial tries to determine whether Daniel's actions were fear motivated. A perfect example is Daniel being thrust to speak in front of a large audience, but never speaks thanks to a timely gas leak evacuation. Lena presents it as an example of Daniel's fear not letting him speak, while Bob states he'd have used the same clip to demonstrate Daniel's courage (despite being pushed on stage by his co-worker.)
18th Sep '17 11:28:29 AM AnotherGuy
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* DragonLady: Lena Foster's nickname. Subverted in that she's not Asian.
18th Sep '17 11:23:09 AM AnotherGuy
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18th Sep '17 11:22:52 AM AnotherGuy
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* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodSandwich: Daniel only gets a few bites of his cheese omelette because he has to go to his appointment with Bob Diamond.


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* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodSandwich: Daniel only gets a few bites of his cheese omelette because he has to go to his appointment with Bob Diamond.
18th Sep '17 11:22:06 AM AnotherGuy
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* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodSandwich: Daniel only gets a few bites of his cheese omelette because he has to go to his appointment with Bob Diamond.
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