History Film / PrimalFear

9th Apr '16 6:02:11 AM Morgenthaler
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** SplitPersonality is actually ''not'' considered a valid insanity defense in most places. It's not even recognized as a mental illness by many psychiatrists (who [[GenreSavvy know that patients can fake it]], consciously or not).

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** SplitPersonality is actually ''not'' considered a valid insanity defense in most places. It's not even recognized as a mental illness by many psychiatrists (who [[GenreSavvy know that patients can fake it]], it, consciously or not).
5th Mar '16 2:23:24 AM le_mirage
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* GreyAndGrayMorality; In spades, and pretty much one of the main topic of the movie. [[spoiler: Aaron really is a complete monster, but he actually had a very strong motive for his murders. Marty behaves like a very regular cynical laywer, and make no mystery of his love for money and fame, but he ends making his idealism and naivety get in the way of his work. Archbishop Rushman abused young homeless by forcing them to have sex in front of him on the menace of put them back on the street, but we learn that he helped a whole neighborhood when Shaughnessy was planning to requalify it and evict anyone in the process.]]

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* GreyAndGrayMorality; In spades, and pretty much one of the main topic of the movie. [[spoiler: Aaron really is a complete monster, but he actually had a very strong motive for his murders. Marty behaves like a very regular cynical laywer, and make no mystery of his love for money and fame, but he ends making his idealism and naivety get in the way of his work. Archbishop Rushman abused young homeless by forcing them to have sex in front of him on the menace of put them back on the street, but we learn that he helped a whole neighborhood of mostly poor squatters when Shaughnessy was planning to requalify it and evict anyone in the process.process. Pretty much only Shaughnessy is a complete asshole, and even if he ultimately had no connection at all with the murders, he indirectly caused it by not exposing Rusham's abuses when he had the chance.]]
5th Mar '16 2:16:34 AM le_mirage
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* GreyAndGrayMorality; In spades, and pretty much one of the main topic of the movie. [[spoiler: Aaron really is a complete monster, but he actually had a very strong motive for his murders. Marty behaves like a very regular cynical laywer, and make no mystery of his love for money and fame, but he ends making his idealism and naivety get in the way of his work. Archbishop Rushman abused young homeless by forcing them to have sex in front of him on the menace of put them back on the street, but we learn that he helped a whole neighborhood when Shaughnessy was planning to requalify it and evict anyone in the process.]]
Shaughnessy
13th Oct '15 10:26:31 AM BobSaget9
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-->'''[[spoiler:Aaron]]:''' [[spoiler:There never was an "Aaron," counselor. <<Wink>>]]

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-->'''[[spoiler:Aaron]]:''' [[spoiler:There never was an "Aaron," counselor. <<Wink>>]](wink)]]
14th Aug '15 1:24:36 AM Fireblood
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* {{Foreshadowing}}: The closest Aaron comes [[spoiler: to breaking character]] in his first meeting with Marty is when Marty comments how kind it was for Archbishop Rushman to allow Aaron to stay at Savior House passed his 19th birthday. Aaron hesitates for a moment and then simply says, “Yes … yes, it was.”

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: The closest Aaron comes [[spoiler: to breaking character]] in his first meeting with Marty is when Marty comments how kind it was for Archbishop Rushman to allow Aaron to stay at Savior House passed past his 19th birthday. Aaron hesitates for a moment and then simply says, “Yes … yes, “Yes… Yes, it was.”



* {{Gorn}}: Rushman’s murder and mangled body

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* {{Gorn}}: Rushman’s murder and mangled bodybody.



** SplitPersonality is actually ''not'' considered a valid insanity defense in most places.

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** SplitPersonality is actually ''not'' considered a valid insanity defense in most places. It's not even recognized as a mental illness by many psychiatrists (who [[GenreSavvy know that patients can fake it]], consciously or not).



* INeverSaidItWasPoison: [[spoiler: Aaron slips by asking Vail to tell Venable he's sorry about her neck. But he shouldn't be able to remember he attacked her neck, since it was supposedly "Roy" who did it while Aaron blacked out. However, it's left open as to whether Aaron intentionally showed his hand so he could gloat with impunity]].

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* INeverSaidItWasPoison: [[spoiler: Aaron slips by asking Vail to tell Venable he's sorry about her neck. But he shouldn't be able to remember he attacked her neck, since it was supposedly "Roy" who did it while Aaron blacked out. However, it's left open as to whether Aaron intentionally showed his hand so he could gloat with impunity]].impunity.]]



* ObfuscatingStupidity: [[spoiler: Aaron portrays himself as a wholesome but not-too-bright farmboy with a stutter. He further claims that he found Hawthorne too hard to follow, so he couldn’t have underlined the passage.]]

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* ObfuscatingStupidity: [[spoiler: Aaron portrays himself as a wholesome but not-too-bright farmboy farm boy with a stutter. He further claims that he found Hawthorne too hard to follow, so he couldn’t have underlined the passage.]]



** Reveal #2: [[spoiler:Vail discovers a HomePornMovie where the archbishop [[RapeByProxy urged Aaron and another young man to have sex with a girl on camera]]. The archbishop was an AssholeVictim of the most [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil special kind]]. The tape is a SmokingGun that both serves to make Aaron sympathetic to the jury and provide a motive for the murder.]]

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** Reveal #2: [[spoiler:Vail discovers a HomePornMovie where the archbishop [[RapeByProxy urged coerced Aaron and another young man to have sex with a girl on camera]]. The archbishop was an AssholeVictim of the most [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil special kind]]. The tape is a SmokingGun that both serves to make Aaron sympathetic to the jury and provide a motive for the murder.]]



* SinisterMinister: Archbishop Rushman
* SmokingGun: Rushman’s sex tape

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* SinisterMinister: Archbishop Rushman
Rushman.
* SmokingGun: Rushman’s sex tapetape.



* WalkingSpoiler: [[spoiler: Roy]]

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* WalkingSpoiler: [[spoiler: Roy]]Roy.]]
4th Aug '15 1:52:42 AM mkmckoy
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--->'''Janet''': “You think you’ve got me? You think because you know me as well as you do, you how I think. Well, I know how '''you''' think.”

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--->'''Janet''': “You think you’ve got me? You think because you know me as well as you do, you know how I think. Well, I know how '''you''' think.”
1st Aug '15 9:02:09 AM mkmckoy
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** Marty sends Janet the archbishop’s HomePornMovie, knowing she needs it to establish motive and hoping it will gain Aaron sympathy from the jury. She [[ExploitedTrope recognizes Marty’s strategy but knowingly follows through]], foiling his plan by portraying Aaron as understandably vengeful rather than understandably crazy.

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** Marty sends Janet [[spoiler: the archbishop’s HomePornMovie, HomePornMovie]], knowing she needs it to establish motive and hoping it will gain Aaron sympathy from the jury. She [[ExploitedTrope recognizes Marty’s strategy but knowingly follows through]], foiling his plan by portraying Aaron as understandably vengeful rather than understandably crazy.



* {{Foreshadowing}}: The closest Aaron comes to breaking character in his first meeting with Marty is when Marty comments how kind it was for Archbishop Rushman to allow Aaron to stay at Savior House passed his 19th birthday. Aaron hesitates for a moment and then simply says, “Yes … yes, it was.”

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: The closest Aaron comes [[spoiler: to breaking character character]] in his first meeting with Marty is when Marty comments how kind it was for Archbishop Rushman to allow Aaron to stay at Savior House passed his 19th birthday. Aaron hesitates for a moment and then simply says, “Yes … yes, it was.”
1st Aug '15 8:36:32 AM mkmckoy
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AmoralAttorney Martin Vail (Creator/RichardGere) defends an altar boy (Creator/EdwardNorton), accused of the brutal murder of an archbishop. Vail, at first only interested in the publicity of the case, soon discovers that there is more to the case than meets the eye.

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AmoralAttorney Martin Vail (Creator/RichardGere) defends an altar boy boy, Aaron Stampler (Creator/EdwardNorton), accused of the brutal murder of an archbishop. Vail, at Vail's ex-girlfriend, Janet Venable (Creator/LauraLinney), is prosecuting the case. At first only interested in the publicity of the case, Vail soon discovers that there is more to the case than meets the eye.



Not to be confused with [[PrimalFear the trope]] of the same name, with which it has little to do.

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Not to be confused with [[PrimalFear the trope]] of the same name, with which [[NonIndicativeName it has little to do.
do]].
1st Aug '15 8:17:13 AM mkmckoy
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The movie proved to be Norton's career-launching role.

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The movie proved to be Norton's career-launching role.
StarMakingRole.
1st Aug '15 8:02:39 AM mkmckoy
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->'''Reporter''': ''Marty, you are a master of putting the victim on trial to help your own client. That is going to be very difficult in this case.''\\
'''Marty''': ''The victim in this case'' is ''my client.''
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