History Film / Identity

21st Sep '16 2:22:13 AM RoyFlowers
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* FromBadToWorse: The situation escalates from bad weather and car accidents to grisly murders and thin just a few hours. It is no wonder the characters are all so on edge.

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* FromBadToWorse: The situation escalates from bad stormy weather and car accidents to grisly murders and thin vanishing corpses in just a few hours. It is no wonder the characters are all so on edge.
21st Sep '16 2:07:26 AM RoyFlowers
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* HeManWomanHater: This seems to fit Larry, at first, given the way he treats Paris from the moment they meet. [[spoiler: It definitely fits with Timmy at the end.
** Malcolm Rivers qualifies, as well, [[spoiler: since he ''is'' Larry and Timmy.]] This aspect of him is derived from his mother, who would abuse him when he was a child and abandon him in motel rooms while she was out working the streets as a prostitute.

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* HeManWomanHater: This seems to fit Larry, at first, given the way he treats Paris from the moment they meet. [[spoiler: It definitely fits with Timmy at the end. \n]]
** Malcolm Rivers qualifies, as well, [[spoiler: since he ''is'' Larry and Timmy.]] This aspect of him is derived from his mother, who would abuse him when he was a child and abandon him in motel rooms while she was out working the streets as a prostitute.
20th Sep '16 9:42:16 PM RoyFlowers
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* BaitAndSwitch: The exact nature of the plot is elusive up until TheReveal. One might initially think we're seeing a flashback to the murder spree glimpsed in newspaper clippings of the opening scene. Then we're led to believe that the story at the motel is occurring at the same time as the impromptu court hearing, and that the prisoner at the motel is the same one being transported to said hearing. At a certain point, it's even suggested that the strange killings at the motel are the work of vengeful spirits belonging to the Indian burial ground the motel is supposedly built upon. [[spoiler: It turns out that both plots ''are'' taking place at the same time, but everything at the motel is only happening in the mind of the insane prisoner whom the court hearing is centered on.]]



* DeadpanSnarker: Ed; he is a John Cusack character, after all.
* {{Deuteragonist}}: Dr. Mallick is essentially the hero of the second plot. Mallick spends the movie working to save a damaged soul from the monster he has inside of him, and thus save him from the death sentence that monster earned for him. In a way, he's the hero of the whole film since, [[spoiler: in essence, he's also trying to save all the characters in the central plot, who are all aspects of his patient's fractured psyche. He actually manages to positively influence the more moral identities against the homicidal one. [[AllForNothing Not that it does him much good.]]]]



* FromBadToWorse: The situation escalates from bad weather and car accidents to grisly murders and thin just a few hours. It is no wonder the characters are all so on edge.



* HeManWomanHater: This seems to fit Larry, at first, given the way he treats Paris from the moment they meet. [[spoiler: It definitely fits with Timmy at the end.]]

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* HeManWomanHater: This seems to fit Larry, at first, given the way he treats Paris from the moment they meet. [[spoiler: It definitely fits with Timmy at the end.]]
** Malcolm Rivers qualifies, as well, [[spoiler: since he ''is'' Larry and Timmy.]] This aspect of him is derived from his mother, who would abuse him when he was a child and abandon him in motel rooms while she was out working the streets as a prostitute.
-->'''Malcolm Rivers:''' I remember my mother... I remember my mother... I remember my mother was a whore...


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* PsychopathicManChild: This is ultimately [[spoiler: all that remains of Malcolm Rivers/Timmy York.]]


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** [[spoiler: Rhodes drops all pretenses and goes to murderous lengths to escape once he realizes the others know what kind of person he truly is and, naturally, peg him as the killer.]]
20th Sep '16 9:07:45 PM RoyFlowers
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* MeaningfulName: Malcolm '''Rivers'''. [[spoiler: "Rivers" like the divergent multiple personalities that exist in his head, separate and unique streams of life whose rushing waters eventually intersect until they all lead back to the same place.]]

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* MeaningfulName: Malcolm '''Rivers'''. [[spoiler: "Rivers" like the divergent multiple personalities that exist in his head, separate and unique streams of life whose rushing waters currents eventually intersect until they all lead back to the same place.]]
20th Sep '16 12:22:27 PM RoyFlowers
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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Ed gets hit with this hard when [[spoiler: he tells Ginny and Timmy to flee the motel in a car, only for the car to explode when they get in.]]
20th Sep '16 12:13:23 PM RoyFlowers
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** Also, [[spoiler: "Where the fuck is my face?"]]
20th Sep '16 12:09:08 PM RoyFlowers
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* MeaningfulName: Malcolm '''Rivers'''. [[spoiler: "Rivers" like the divergent multiple personalities that exist in his head, separate and unique streams of life whose rushing waters eventually intersect and lead back to the same place.]]

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* MeaningfulName: Malcolm '''Rivers'''. [[spoiler: "Rivers" like the divergent multiple personalities that exist in his head, separate and unique streams of life whose rushing waters eventually intersect and until they all lead back to the same place.]]
20th Sep '16 12:08:38 PM RoyFlowers
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* DarkIsNotEvil: Ed Dakota is TheHero with dark eyes, dark hair, dark clothes and a DarkAndTroubledPast to top it all off. [[spoiler: In fact, he's the most heroic and moral of all Malcolm Rivers's alter egos.]]


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* LightIsNotGood: [[spoiler: Timothy York wears all white and exudes ChildrenAreInnocent. He's the monstrous killer everyone fears.]]


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* MeaningfulName: Malcolm '''Rivers'''. [[spoiler: "Rivers" like the divergent multiple personalities that exist in his head, separate and unique streams of life whose rushing waters eventually intersect and lead back to the same place.]]
20th Sep '16 8:35:18 AM RoyFlowers
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* BaitAndSwitch: The exact nature of the plot is elusive up until TheReveal. One might initially think we're seeing a flashback of one of the murders glimpsed in newspaper clippings of the opening scene. Then we're led to believe that the story at the motel is occurring at the same time as the impromptu court hearing, and that the prisoner at the motel is the same one being transported to said hearing. At a certain point, it's even suggested that the strange killings at the motel are the work of vengeful spirits belonging to the Indian burial ground the motel is supposedly built upon. [[spoiler: It turns out that both plots ''are'' taking place at the same time, but everything at the motel is only happening inside the mind of the insane prisoner whom the court hearing is centered on.]]

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* BaitAndSwitch: The exact nature of the plot is elusive up until TheReveal. One might initially think we're seeing a flashback of one of to the murders murder spree glimpsed in newspaper clippings of the opening scene. Then we're led to believe that the story at the motel is occurring at the same time as the impromptu court hearing, and that the prisoner at the motel is the same one being transported to said hearing. At a certain point, it's even suggested that the strange killings at the motel are the work of vengeful spirits belonging to the Indian burial ground the motel is supposedly built upon. [[spoiler: It turns out that both plots ''are'' taking place at the same time, but everything at the motel is only happening inside in the mind of the insane prisoner whom the court hearing is centered on.]]
20th Sep '16 8:33:37 AM RoyFlowers
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* AllStarCast: It's a movie full of familiar faces. In addition to the three stars listed above, it also features John Hawkes, Rebecca De Mornay, Jake Busey, Clea Duvall, John C. McGinley and Alfred Molina.
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