History Film / Identity

19th Mar '17 10:59:10 PM EvilKid
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* ScrewMoneyIhaveRules: Caroline (his employer) threatens to fire Ed and telling him he will be held responsible if he tries to help Mrs. York. Ed still helps Mrs. York and snatch Caroline Suzanne's cell phone from her.
19th Mar '17 10:46:33 PM EvilKid
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* NotHelpingYourCase: When Rhodes accuses Larry of being the killer, he responds by holding Paris at knifepoint while babbling that he did not kill anyone.

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* NotHelpingYourCase: NotHelpingYourCase:
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When Rhodes accuses Larry of being the killer, he responds by holding Paris at knifepoint while babbling that he did not kill anyone.anyone.
** [[spoiler: Larry goes deeper with this trope. When a frozen corpse is found and the only possibility is him killing that man, he responds that the man already died by the time he arrived at the motel 2 months before. He preserved the manager's body in the freezer and didn't call the police because he doesn't want to be accused of murder. Being broke and have nowhere to go to, he took over the position the manager to the people who arrived after him.]]


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* SpottingTheThread: Ginny tries this at first third of story but fails as they have different destinations and don't even share hometown. The party is more successful second time, as they accidentally discovers [[SignificantBirthDate all of them has same birthday]] ''and'', as Ed muttered, [[LocationThemeNaming named from U.S. States]].


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* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: Paris Nevada is guilty of this trope twice. 1) she opened her bag made her apparels scattered to the road, one of them her high heeled shoe which destroys one of the York's tire. 2) Her car crashed onto telephone lines' pole. [[spoiler: Of course, both of them won't give damages as it would have been given the [[EveryoneIsTomato story twist]] but at least Mrs. York won't be weakened very seriously.]]
19th Mar '17 4:36:17 PM Stellarvore
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* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Malcolm Rivers. The horribly abusive childhood he endured and the subsequent trauma he lived with resulted in [[spoiler: him developing multiple personalties. At least three of these personalities are coldblooded killers. Robert Maine is clearly a deranged maniac. Samuel Rhodes is a short-tempered, self-serving criminal who has no qualms with murder but is at least capable of behaving around others. But the worst by far is Timothy York, a BitchInSheepsClothing CreepyChild SerialKiller and the personification of Malcolm's deep-seated rage. By the end, the violent, relentless and unforgiving presence of his mistreated inner child is all that's left of Malcolm Rivers.]]
13th Dec '16 2:16:32 PM matthecinephiliac
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* LocationThemeNaming: All characters are named after U.S. states.

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* LocationThemeNaming: All characters are named after U.S. states.states : Edward '''Dakota''', Samuel '''Rhodes''', Paris '''Nevada''', '''Caroline''' Suzanne, Robert '''Maine''', '''Lou Isiana''', '''Virginia''' Isiana, Larry '''Washington''', and George, Alice and Timothy '''York'''.



* ThemeNaming: On top of all of them sharing the same birthday, all of the guests at the motel are named after different states of the United States : Edward '''Dakota''', Samuel '''Rhodes''', Paris '''Nevada''', '''Caroline''' Suzanne, Robert '''Maine''', '''Lou Isiana''', '''Virginia''' Isiana, Larry '''Washington''', and George, Alice and Timothy '''York'''. [[spoiler: Dr. Malick brings this coincidences up as another clue that all of the guests are different personalities of Malcolm Rivers.]]
13th Dec '16 2:08:33 PM matthecinephiliac
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* ThemeNaming: On top of all of them sharing the same birthday, all of the guests at the motel are named after different states of the United States : Edward '''Dakota''', Samuel '''Rhodes''', Paris '''Nevada''', '''Caroline''' Suzanne, Robert '''Maine''', '''Lou Isiana''', '''Virginia''' Isiana, Larry '''Washington''', and George, Alice and Timothy '''York'''. [[spoiler: Dr. Malick brings this coincidences up as another clue that all of the guests are different personalities of Malcolm Rivers.]]
11th Oct '16 4:41:15 AM Morgenthaler
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* MultiGenderedSplitPersonalities: The ending reveals that [[spoiler:all of the ten main characters, consisting of seven males and three women, are alternate personalities of Malcolm Rivers.]]
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.]]
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