History Film / Elephant

20th Apr '17 8:55:52 AM ThePest179
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* ActionFilmQuietDramaScene: Inversion. The majority of the movie is made up of tracking shots of different students during a normal school day, with only the last twenty minutes or so devoted to the shooting itself.



* FirstPersonShooter: The shooters are seen playing one of these. Namely, a game based on a movie [[Film/{{Gerry}} where you shoot clones of Matt Damon and Casey Affleck as they walk in the Utah salt flats.]]


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* MurderSimulators: The shooters are seen playing one of these. Namely, a game based on a movie [[Film/{{Gerry}} where you shoot clones of Matt Damon and Casey Affleck as they walk in the Utah salt flats.]]


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* ThoseWackyNazis: Alex and Eric are shown watching a documentary on the Nazis at one point. It's left ambiguous as to whether or not this was one of their inspirations for the shooting.
14th Apr '17 5:49:03 PM eroock
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* HiddenDepths: There's one scene where we see Alex playing piano quite well.

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* HiddenDepths: There's one scene where we see Alex playing piano [[WickedCultured piano]] quite well.
25th Feb '17 11:38:48 PM NWolfman
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The film is noted for use of long tracking shots, and extended sequences with little or no dialogue, giving it a disconnected and ethereal quality.

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The film is noted for use of long tracking shots, and extended sequences with little or no dialogue, dialogue and a cast comprising mostly of non-actors, giving it a disconnected and ethereal quality.
21st Dec '16 4:51:46 PM ThePest179
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* BigBadDuumvirate: Alex and Eric are the two kids who shoot up their school.
27th Nov '16 10:14:16 AM ThePest179
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* ThisIsForEmphasisBitch: Eric calls [[spoiler: the principal]] a bitch after shooting him.



* YouWillBeSpared: Subverted. Eric decides to spare the life of the principal as he has him at gunpoint, [[spoiler:only to kill him as he runs away]].

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* YouWillBeSpared: Subverted. [[spoiler:Subverted.]] Eric decides to spare the life of the principal as he has him at gunpoint, [[spoiler:only to kill him as he runs away]].
24th Nov '16 10:09:44 AM ThePest179
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* FreudianExcuse: The shooters were bullied pretty badly in school, and Eric implied that the teachers did nothing about this.



** Elias photographs the two shooters as they enter the library, instead of hiding or running away.



* KillEmAll: Out of all the characters introduced, [[spoiler:John]] seems to be one of only two that survives considering [[spoiler:he happened to be outside when he saw Alex and Eric enter, and tried to warn others to not go inside]]. The other is [[spoiler:Acadia]], who is almost killed [[spoiler:because she has a panic attack when the shooting starts, only to be led outside by Benny]].

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* KillEmAll: Out of all the characters introduced, [[spoiler:John]] seems to be one of only two that survives considering [[spoiler:he happened to be outside when he saw Alex and Eric enter, and tried to warn others to not go inside]]. The other is [[spoiler:Acadia]], who is almost killed [[spoiler:because she has a panic attack when the shooting starts, only to be led outside by Benny]]. It's also unknown what happened to [[spoiler:Alex]] at the end of the movie.



* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Eric lectures the principal about how he did nothing to prevent the bullying he and Alex went through and instead ignored their problems.



* YouWillBeSpared: Subverted. Eric decides to spare the life of a teacher as he has him at gunpoint, [[spoiler:only to kill him as he runs away]].

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* YouWillBeSpared: Subverted. Eric decides to spare the life of a teacher the principal as he has him at gunpoint, [[spoiler:only to kill him as he runs away]].
21st Nov '16 9:13:07 AM ThePest179
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* DramaticGunCock: Alex cocks his shotgun upon entering the library, pausing for a moment before opening fire.
18th Nov '16 3:52:57 PM ThePest179
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* TeamKiller: [[spoiler: Alex shoots Eric in cold blood.]]
18th Nov '16 3:38:27 PM ThePest179
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* PacManFever: The video games portrayed in the film seem to fit this trope.
%%* RippedFromTheHeadlines: needs context

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* PacManFever: The video games game portrayed in the film seem to fit this trope.
%%* * RippedFromTheHeadlines: needs contextThe movie is based largely off of the UsefulNotes/{{Columbine}} massacre.


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* WheresTheKaboom: As part of the massacre, Alex and Eric plan to blow up parts of the school to cause maximum chaos. The bombs fail, so they settle for shooting random people.
30th Oct '16 9:49:10 AM TheDarkDuchess
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* KillEmAll: Out of all the characters introduced, [[spoiler:John]] seems to be the only one that survives considering [[spoiler:he happened to be outside when he saw Alex and Eric enter, and tried to warn others to not go inside]].

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* KillEmAll: Out of all the characters introduced, [[spoiler:John]] seems to be the one of only one two that survives considering [[spoiler:he happened to be outside when he saw Alex and Eric enter, and tried to warn others to not go inside]].inside]]. The other is [[spoiler:Acadia]], who is almost killed [[spoiler:because she has a panic attack when the shooting starts, only to be led outside by Benny]].
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