History Film / MrBrooks

6th Aug '16 2:01:34 PM maxwellsilver
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* IfIWantedYouDead: Brooks surprises Smith in the night to tell him when and where to meet him to kill someone. Brooks states this word for word.

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* IfIWantedYouDead: Brooks surprises Smith in the night to tell him when and where to meet him to kill someone. Brooks states this word for word."If I was here to kill you, you'd already be dead".



* LastNameBasis: "Mr. Smith"/Mr. Baffert is only referred to as such during the film. Towards the end, if you [[FreezeFrameBonus pause the DVD and look at]] [[spoiler: the newspaper in the coffee shop scene, you can see his first name is, amusingly, [[MeaningfulName Graves]].]]

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* LastNameBasis: "Mr. Smith"/Mr. Baffert is only referred to as such during the film. Towards the end, if you [[FreezeFrameBonus pause the DVD and look at]] at [[spoiler: the newspaper in the coffee shop scene, you can see his first name is, amusingly, [[MeaningfulName Graves]].]]
6th Aug '16 2:00:07 PM maxwellsilver
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* AssholeVictim: Several, but likely not all, of Mr. Brooks' victims.

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* %%* AssholeVictim: Several, but likely not all, of Mr. Brooks' victims.
2nd Jan '16 12:55:18 AM Fireblood
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%%* PsychoticSmirk

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%%* PsychoticSmirk* PsychoticSmirk: Mr. Brooks gives Mr. Smith a smile which comes off as this [[spoiler: before killing him]].



* TalkingToThemself: A particularly notable example. Mr. Brooks carries on long conversations with Marshall, who represents his urges to kill.

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* TalkingToThemself: A particularly notable example. Mr. Brooks carries on long conversations with with Marshall, who represents his urges to kill.
2nd Jan '16 12:53:34 AM Fireblood
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* GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion: Strangely enough considering that he's a serial killer, Mr. Brooks objects when his pregnant daughter says she may have an abortion, although he backs down she fires back that it's her decision, softening it to how a grandchild would be a great gift to her mother and him. We don't learn what she decided before the film ends.



* TalkingToThemself: A particularly notable example. Mr. Brooks carries on long conversations with Marshall, who represents his urges to kill.

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* TalkingToThemself: A particularly notable example. Mr. Brooks carries on long conversations with with Marshall, who represents his urges to kill.
2nd Jan '16 12:47:20 AM Fireblood
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%%* CriminalMindGames

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%%* * CriminalMindGames



%%* DoubleConsciousness
%%* EvilTastesGood: "The hunger"
%%* FlawExploitation: And "Smith" has so many flaws indeed....

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%%* DoubleConsciousness
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* DoubleConsciousness: Mr. Brooks and his evil alter ego, Marshall.
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EvilTastesGood: "The hunger"
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hunger" for murder, which Mr. Brooks finds addictive even though he knows that it's wrong and tries to quit.
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FlawExploitation: And "Smith" has so many flaws indeed....flaws, but Mr. Brooks particularly uses his [[{{Pride}} arrogance]] to bring him down.



* {{Foreshadowing}}: [[spoiler: Subverted and Played straight with the ''same bit of foreshadowing'', as Earl is correct to assume his daughter is a murderer, but the scene where she murders him as well turns out to be AllJustADream]]
%%* GollumMadeMeDoIt
* HollywoodSilencer: Averted. Brooks distinctive handgun sounds quite realistic.

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: [[spoiler: Subverted {{Subverted}} and Played straight {{played straight}} with the ''same bit of foreshadowing'', as Earl is correct to assume his daughter is a murderer, but the scene where she murders him as well turns out to be AllJustADream]]
%%* GollumMadeMeDoIt
* GollumMadeMeDoIt: Marshall constantly goads Mr. Brooks into committing murder again, in spite of his best efforts to stop.
* HollywoodSilencer: Averted.{{Averted}}. Brooks distinctive handgun sounds quite realistic.



%%* ImaginaryFriend: Marshall.

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%%* * ImaginaryFriend: Marshall.Marshall, who's basically Mr. Brooks evil side.



* JackTheRipoff: Mr. Brooks goes out his way and commits a very similar murder to the one [[spoiler: his daughter commits]] in order to confuse the authorities.

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* JackTheRipoff: Mr. Brooks goes out of his way and commits to commit a very similar murder to the one [[spoiler: his daughter commits]] in order to confuse the authorities.



* MrSmith: Played straight with Baffert, alias "Mr. Smith".
%%* MrViceGuy: Mr. Earl Brooks.

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* MrSmith: Played straight {{Played straight}} with Baffert, alias "Mr. Smith".
%%* * MrViceGuy: Mr. Earl Brooks.Brooks, who is not just a nice guy, but a noted philanthropist. If only he weren't addicted to murder...



%%* SympatheticMurderer: Earl Brooks, heartbreakingly so.
%%* TalkingToThemself: A particularly notable example.
%%* ThisIsYourBrainOnEvil: Basically the concept of the film.

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%%* * SympatheticMurderer: Earl Mr. Brooks, heartbreakingly so.
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a kind, philanthropic loving family man who futily struggles with his desire to kill.
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TalkingToThemself: A particularly notable example.
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example. Mr. Brooks carries on long conversations with Marshall, who represents his urges to kill.
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ThisIsYourBrainOnEvil: Basically Mr. Brooks uses Alcoholics Anonymous mantras to try to resist the concept of the film.urge to murder. It doesn't work.
26th Nov '15 2:57:06 AM erforce
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* TheAtoner: Brooks persistently tries.

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* TheAtoner: Brooks persistently tries.tries to stop killing, but is always pulled back.



* ImaginaryFriend: Marshall.

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* %%* ImaginaryFriend: Marshall.



* ProtagonistTitle: Mr. Brooks is the protagonist.



* SelfMadeMan: Earl Brooks founded the highly successful Brooks Boxes, without even going to college.

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* SelfMadeMan: SelfMadeMan:
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Earl Brooks founded the highly successful Brooks Boxes, without even going to college.


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* ShovelStrike: [[spoiler:After deciding that he wants to continue living after all, Brooks attacks "Smith" with a shovel, and finishes him off by [[SlashedThroat slashing his throat]] with it]].
5th Oct '15 11:24:13 PM maxwellsilver
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* BigFancyHouse

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* BigFancyHouseBigFancyHouse: Brooks owns one befitting a box maker baron.



-->Det. Atwood: "He vacuumed the house, and took the bag."
-->Det. Snyder: "What if he killed somebody that didn't have a vacuum cleaner?"
-->Det. Atwood: "He wouldn't do that."
* CriminalMindGames

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-->Det. Atwood: "He -->'''Det. Atwood:''' He vacuumed the house, and took the bag."
-->Det. Snyder: "What
bag.
-->'''Det. Snyder:''' What
if he killed somebody that didn't have a vacuum cleaner?"
-->Det. Atwood: "He
cleaner?
-->'''Det. Atwood:''' He
wouldn't do that."
*
that.
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CriminalMindGames



* DoubleConsciousness
* EvilTastesGood: "The hunger"
* FlawExploitation: And "Smith" has so many flaws indeed....

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* %%* DoubleConsciousness
* %%* EvilTastesGood: "The hunger"
* %%* FlawExploitation: And "Smith" has so many flaws indeed....



* GollumMadeMeDoIt

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* %%* GollumMadeMeDoIt



* IfIWantedYouDead

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* IfIWantedYouDeadIfIWantedYouDead: Brooks surprises Smith in the night to tell him when and where to meet him to kill someone. Brooks states this word for word.



* LivingLieDetector: Brooks, often manifesting through Marshall.

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* %%* LivingLieDetector: Brooks, often manifesting through Marshall.



* MrViceGuy: Mr. Earl Brooks.

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* %%* MrViceGuy: Mr. Earl Brooks.



* ThePerfectCrime
* PsychoticSmirk

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* %%* ThePerfectCrime
* %%* PsychoticSmirk



* SerialKiller: Several.
* SerialKillerKiller: Subverted in a number of ways.

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* SerialKiller: Several.
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Mr. Brooks. "Smith" catches him and blackmails him into making him an apprentice.
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SerialKillerKiller: Subverted in a number of ways.



* SympatheticMurderer: Earl Brooks, heartbreakingly so.
* TalkingToThemself: A particularly notable example.
* ThisIsYourBrainOnEvil: Basically the concept of the film.

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* %%* SympatheticMurderer: Earl Brooks, heartbreakingly so.
* %%* TalkingToThemself: A particularly notable example.
* %%* ThisIsYourBrainOnEvil: Basically the concept of the film.



* TropaholicsAnonymous
* UnspokenPlanGuarantee

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* TropaholicsAnonymous
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TropaholicsAnonymous: Brooks attends AA meetings using substance abuse as a metaphor for serial killing.
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UnspokenPlanGuarantee



* VillainsOutShopping

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* %%* VillainsOutShopping
10th Nov '14 12:49:49 PM eroock
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* AllJustADream: The ending where Brooks [[spoiler: is killed by his daughter]]


Added DiffLines:

* DayDreamSurprise: The ending where Brooks [[spoiler: is killed by his daughter]]
28th Aug '14 8:19:51 PM Discontent
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* AssholeVictim - Several, but likely not all, of Mr. Brooks' victims.
* TheAtoner - Brooks persistently tries.
* BatmanGambit - [[spoiler:A particularly interesting one towards the end, involving "Smith"]].

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* AssholeVictim - AssholeVictim: Several, but likely not all, of Mr. Brooks' victims.
* TheAtoner - TheAtoner: Brooks persistently tries.
* BatmanGambit - BatmanGambit: [[spoiler:A particularly interesting one towards the end, involving "Smith"]].



* BlackComedy - Never fully, but there are inherent touches of it throughout the film, especially in the Brooks-Marshall-Smith relationship.
* CallingCard - Brooks' victims are typically left in intimate, lifelike poses and a bloody thumbprint from each of them is left on a nearby surface post-mortem, hence him being known to police and the public as the Thumbprint Killer.
* CrazyPrepared - This is how he never gets caught. He stalks his victims, researches them, walks through their house. Finds out their plans, and after he kills them, he leaves no evidence behind:

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* BlackComedy - BlackComedy: Never fully, but there are inherent touches of it throughout the film, especially in the Brooks-Marshall-Smith relationship.
* CallingCard - CallingCard: Brooks' victims are typically left in intimate, lifelike poses and a bloody thumbprint from each of them is left on a nearby surface post-mortem, hence him being known to police and the public as the Thumbprint Killer.
* CrazyPrepared - CrazyPrepared: This is how he never gets caught. He stalks his victims, researches them, walks through their house. Finds out their plans, and after he kills them, he leaves no evidence behind:



* DeadpanSnarker - Marshall, Brooks' id.

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* DeadpanSnarker - DeadpanSnarker: Marshall, Brooks' id.



* FlawExploitation - And "Smith" has so many flaws indeed....

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* FlawExploitation - FlawExploitation: And "Smith" has so many flaws indeed....



* HollywoodSilencer - Averted. Brooks distinctive handgun sounds quite realistic.

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* HollywoodSilencer - HollywoodSilencer: Averted. Brooks distinctive handgun sounds quite realistic.



* ImaginaryFriend - Marshall.

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* ImaginaryFriend - ImaginaryFriend: Marshall.



* JackTheRipoff - Mr. Brooks goes out his way and commits a very similar murder to the one [[spoiler: his daughter commits]] in order to confuse the authorities.

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* JackTheRipoff - JackTheRipoff: Mr. Brooks goes out his way and commits a very similar murder to the one [[spoiler: his daughter commits]] in order to confuse the authorities.



* MrSmith - Played straight with Baffert, alias "Mr. Smith".
* MrViceGuy - Mr. Earl Brooks.
* NonIdleRich - Tracy Atwood inherited millions, but is still devoted to her career as a hard-working homicide detective. Brooks greatly admires this.
* OutWithABang - Brooks often murders couples while they're having sex, or about to.

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* MrSmith - MrSmith: Played straight with Baffert, alias "Mr. Smith".
* MrViceGuy - MrViceGuy: Mr. Earl Brooks.
* NonIdleRich - NonIdleRich: Tracy Atwood inherited millions, but is still devoted to her career as a hard-working homicide detective. Brooks greatly admires this.
* OutWithABang - OutWithABang: Brooks often murders couples while they're having sex, or about to.



* SeenItAll - It becomes increasingly obvious in how he behaves around "Smith" that Brooks has seen an awful lot.
* SelfMadeMan - Earl Brooks founded the highly successful Brooks Boxes, without even going to college.

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* SeenItAll - SeenItAll: It becomes increasingly obvious in how he behaves around "Smith" that Brooks has seen an awful lot.
* SelfMadeMan - SelfMadeMan: Earl Brooks founded the highly successful Brooks Boxes, without even going to college.



* SerialKiller - Several.
* SerialKillerKiller - Subverted in a number of ways.
* SequelHook - The film has them. Also, Costner and the makers talk in the DVD features about the possibility of a "Brooks trilogy".
* SympatheticMurderer - Earl Brooks, heartbreakingly so.
* TalkingToThemself - A particularly notable example.
* ThisIsYourBrainOnEvil - Basically the concept of the film.
* TragicVillain - Brooks vehemently tries to overcome his addiction to murder, with occasional periods of success.

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* SerialKiller - SerialKiller: Several.
* SerialKillerKiller - SerialKillerKiller: Subverted in a number of ways.
* SequelHook - SequelHook: The film has them. Also, Costner and the makers talk in the DVD features about the possibility of a "Brooks trilogy".
* SympatheticMurderer - SympatheticMurderer: Earl Brooks, heartbreakingly so.
* TalkingToThemself - TalkingToThemself: A particularly notable example.
* ThisIsYourBrainOnEvil - ThisIsYourBrainOnEvil: Basically the concept of the film.
* TragicVillain - TragicVillain: Brooks vehemently tries to overcome his addiction to murder, with occasional periods of success.



* VillainProtagonist - Brooks, with traces of AntiVillain.

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* VillainProtagonist - VillainProtagonist: Brooks, with traces of AntiVillain.



* WellDoneSonGuy - Atwood's father was very disappointed that she was born a girl, and he let her know it, so she has spent her whole life trying to prove him wrong.

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* WellDoneSonGuy - WellDoneSonGuy: Atwood's father was very disappointed that she was born a girl, and he let her know it, so she has spent her whole life trying to prove him wrong.
9th Aug '14 6:38:46 AM Morgenthaler
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* PlayingAgainstType - Dane Cook, stand-up comedian and comic actor, as the bitter douchebag "Smith", although he made sure to incorporate some of his signature brand of obnoxiousness.
** Also in the case of Danielle Panabaker, an actress mostly known for Disney movies playing a murder suspect.
** To say nothing of ''[[Creator/KevinCostner Kevin "Field Of Dreams" Costner]]'' playing a serial killer!
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