History Film / TheArtOfWar

7th Sep '16 11:19:17 PM HarryLovesHermione
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* FakingTheDead: When the Triads spring Shaw to frame him by disabling and flipping the police van, they shoot a prone Capella to make sure he's dead. When they drive off, Capella climbs out of the wreckage and unbuttons his shirt to reveal a bulletproof vest. At the end of the movie, [[spoiler: Capella helps fake Shaw's death so he can go off-the-grid with Julia in France.]]
* FriendlyEnemy: Every time Capella and Shaw cross paths, their tones are rather pleasant as opposed to one of a cop and a man wanted for an international incident. Mainly because Capella is a DeadpanSnarker and Shaw is a good guy.
* GunKata: The film had a similar style fight in an empty hallway. A certain amount of respect and honor was loaded into the scene, as when they ran out of bullets, they went back to back and talked while casually reloading. Shaw and Bly spend most of the fight throwing snapshots... panic firing. It's more like GunFu since they still use acrobatic dodging.

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* FakingTheDead: When the Triads spring Shaw to frame him by disabling and flipping the police van, they shoot a prone Capella (whose eyes then close) to make sure he's dead. When they drive off, Capella climbs out of the wreckage and unbuttons his shirt to reveal a bulletproof vest. At the end of the movie, [[spoiler: Capella helps fake Shaw's death so he can go off-the-grid with Julia in France.]]
* FriendlyEnemy: Every time Capella and Shaw cross paths, their tones are rather pleasant as opposed to one of a cop an agent and a man wanted for an international incident. Mainly because Capella is a DeadpanSnarker and Shaw is a good guy.
* GunKata: The film had a similar style fight in an empty hallway. A certain amount of respect and honor was loaded into the scene, as when they ran out of bullets, they went back to back and talked while casually reloading. Shaw and Bly TheDragon spend most of the fight throwing snapshots... panic firing. It's more like GunFu since they still use acrobatic dodging.
7th Sep '16 11:16:15 PM HarryLovesHermione
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* AloneWithThePsycho: Julia is trapped at the end inside the UN Building stalked by Bly.

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* AloneWithThePsycho: Julia is trapped at the end inside the UN Building Building, [[spoiler: first alone with Eleanor Hooks, who lets her walk out, only to be stalked by Bly.]]


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* TapOnTheHead: [[spoiler: Robert Bly]] to Julia during the climax.
2nd Sep '16 1:00:18 AM HarryLovesHermione
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-->[[spoiler: Robert Bly]]: How does it feel to be a puppet without the strings!

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-->[[spoiler: Robert Bly]]: '''Robert Bly''']]: How does it feel to be a puppet without the strings!
2nd Sep '16 12:59:14 AM HarryLovesHermione
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* NeverFoundTheBody: A big tip-off that [[spoiler: Robert Bly]] is TheMole is the chase scene with [[spoiler: Bly and "the assassin" takes place off-screen and over the radio, and no sight of Bly's body.]]

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* NeverFoundTheBody: A big tip-off that [[spoiler: Robert Bly]] is TheMole is the chase scene with [[spoiler: Bly and "the assassin" takes place off-screen and over the radio, and no sight of Bly's body.body when he's "killed".]]
2nd Sep '16 12:54:55 AM HarryLovesHermione
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* TheEndOrIsIt?: Shaw fakes his death and escapes to France, only to have his picture taken as he walks off arm-in-arm with Julia, by the same man who took the blackmail photos earlier.
* FakingTheDead: When the Triads spring Shaw to frame him by disabling and flipping the police van, they shoot a prone Capella to make sure he's dead. When they drive off, Capella climbs out of the wreckage and unbuttons his shirt to reveal a bulletproof vest. At the end of the movie, [[spoiler: Capella helps fakes Shaw's death so he can go off-the-grid with Julia in France.]]

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* TheEndOrIsIt?: Shaw [[spoiler: fakes his death death]] and escapes to France, only to have his picture taken as he walks off arm-in-arm with Julia, by the same man who took the blackmail photos earlier.
* FakingTheDead: When the Triads spring Shaw to frame him by disabling and flipping the police van, they shoot a prone Capella to make sure he's dead. When they drive off, Capella climbs out of the wreckage and unbuttons his shirt to reveal a bulletproof vest. At the end of the movie, [[spoiler: Capella helps fakes fake Shaw's death so he can go off-the-grid with Julia in France.]]
2nd Sep '16 12:53:04 AM HarryLovesHermione
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* BoomHeadshot: [[spoiler: Ambassador Wu, David Chan, the Triad who killed Jenna, and Eleanor Hooks]] are all executed in this manner.

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* BoomHeadshot: [[spoiler: Ambassador Wu, David Chan, Anna's mother, the Triad who killed Jenna, and Eleanor Hooks]] are all executed in this manner.
2nd Sep '16 12:49:16 AM HarryLovesHermione
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* BondColdOpen: The movie starts with Shawn and his team working on an assignment covering David Chan. Like [[Film/TheWorldIsNotEnough the actual Bond movie that opened the year before]], the cold open ends with Shaw falling a long way and taking a shoulder injury that plays an important role in the plot.

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* BondColdOpen: The movie starts with Shawn Shaw and his team working on an assignment covering David Chan. Like [[Film/TheWorldIsNotEnough the actual Bond movie that opened the year before]], the cold open ends with Shaw falling a long way and taking a shoulder injury that plays an important role in the plot.
2nd Sep '16 12:48:28 AM HarryLovesHermione
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* AssassinsAreAlwaysBetrayed: Shaw is an assassin/covert agent for the UN, who has to uncover an international conspiracy after being set up, by his employer, Eleanor Hooks (Anne Archer), with help from his best friend and fellow agent, Bly.

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* AssassinsAreAlwaysBetrayed: Shaw is an assassin/covert agent for the UN, who has to uncover an international conspiracy after being set up, up [[spoiler: by his employer, Eleanor Hooks (Anne Archer), with help from employer and his best friend and fellow agent, Bly.teammate.]]
2nd Sep '16 12:46:59 AM HarryLovesHermione
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* CallBack: Shaw's chase of [[spoiler: David Chan's]] assassin takes the exact same path as the one earlier in the movie when he was chasing Ambassador Wu's assassin, complete with flashbacks. This turns out not to be a coincidence.


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* NeverFoundTheBody: A big tip-off that [[spoiler: Robert Bly]] is TheMole is the chase scene with [[spoiler: Bly and "the assassin" takes place off-screen and over the radio, and no sight of Bly's body.]]


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* TurnOfTheMillennium: The story starts on New Year's Eve 1999.
2nd Sep '16 12:41:38 AM HarryLovesHermione
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* AllPartOfTheShow: The guests at David Chan's [=Y2K=] rooftop bash think Shaw fighting Chan's henchman is part of the festivities and get excited when a body camera is activated to be shown on the big screen during the fisticuffs.



* BluntYes: When we first meet Capella, he's without a stir straw for his hot coffee, so he swirls around the sugar with his finger.
-->'''Ray''': Doesn't that hurt?
-->'''Capella''': Yeah. *keeps swirling*
* BondColdOpen: The movie starts with Shawn and his team working on an assignment covering David Chan. Like [[Film/TheWorldIsNotEnough the actual Bond movie that opened the year before]], the cold open ends with Shaw falling a long way and taking a shoulder injury that plays an important role in the plot.
* BoomHeadshot: [[spoiler: Ambassador Wu, David Chan, the Triad who killed Jenna, and Eleanor Hooks]] are all executed in this manner.
* BulletTime: The climactic shootout slows down for a moment to show a bullet whizzing just by Shaw's knee.



* TheEndOrIsIt?: Shaw fakes his death and escapes to France, only to have his picture taken as he walks off arm-in-arm with Fang, by the same man who took the blackmail photos earlier.

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* TheEndOrIsIt?: Shaw fakes his death and escapes to France, only to have his picture taken as he walks off arm-in-arm with Fang, Julia, by the same man who took the blackmail photos earlier.earlier.
* FakingTheDead: When the Triads spring Shaw to frame him by disabling and flipping the police van, they shoot a prone Capella to make sure he's dead. When they drive off, Capella climbs out of the wreckage and unbuttons his shirt to reveal a bulletproof vest. At the end of the movie, [[spoiler: Capella helps fakes Shaw's death so he can go off-the-grid with Julia in France.]]
* FriendlyEnemy: Every time Capella and Shaw cross paths, their tones are rather pleasant as opposed to one of a cop and a man wanted for an international incident. Mainly because Capella is a DeadpanSnarker and Shaw is a good guy.



* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: One of the Triad mooks gets a ''steel beam'' through his face. [[spoiler: Then Bly gets impaled on a giant shard of glass, neck-first!]]



* {{Irony}}: David Chan sports a bandage on his arm where he was shot during the assassination of Ambassador Wu; [[spoiler: when Shaw rips it off to expose the lack of a wound underneath, a sniper then shoots Chan right where the original "wound" would have been, followed by a headshot.]]
* InspectorJavert: Agent Capella on the trail of Shaw.
* LaserGuidedKarma: [[spoiler: Eleanor Hooks's death at the hands of the Triad, right after gloating to Shaw everything that she's responsible for is easily pinned on them.]]



* TrackingDevice: Shaw suspects Fang has a tracking device on her clothes and [[FanService makes her take it all off]] and throw the clothes out the window of their car. [[ShamefulStrip Needless to say she is not happy]]. Later Shaw finds a tracking sensor and realises ''he'' is the one who has the tracking device [[spoiler:implanted under his skin by a doctor working in league with TheMole, who 'accidentally' injured him during a basketball game.]]

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* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: A villainous version as the Triads track down Shaw's partner Jenna and brutally beat her to death. Shaw immediately pays her killer in kind.
* NotMyDriver: [[spoiler: Hooks's limo driver is not her driver, but rather a Triad member who executes her right then and there.]]
* OhCrap: Shaw stumbles onto a tracking device that makes him realize [[spoiler: he's the one who's been bugged the whole time, and immediately connects the dots that Bly re-injured his shoulder during the pickup game so the doctor could place the tracker in the wound. Cue Bly's arrival.]]
-->[[spoiler: Robert Bly]]: How does it feel to be a puppet without the strings!
* OneBulletLeft: During the climax, Shaw and the villain grapple with a gun at close range, so Shaw manages to eject the magazine to protect himself. However, [[spoiler: Robert Bly]] sneers that "there's still one left in the chamber."
* PrettyLittleHeadshots: Played straight with Ambassador Wu, Anna's mother, and [[spoiler: David Chan]], averted with [[spoiler: Eleanor Hooks]], whose brain matter ends up on the window.
* RewindReplayRepeat: When Julia is in the diner getting food, Shaw spots someone dropping a bag into a trash can. He replays it in his mind to confirm it, realizes it's a bomb, and crashes into the diner to dispose of it. Later, Shaw and Julia watch the footage of Ambassador Wu's assassination and notice that [[spoiler: David Chan]] looks up in the direction of the shooter just before the gunfire occurs.
* ThoseTwoGuys: FBI agents Frank Capella and Ray, who continuously canvas the previous scenes in Shaw's wake.
* TrackingDevice: Shaw suspects Fang Julia has a tracking device on her clothes and [[FanService makes her take it all off]] and throw the clothes out the window of their car. [[ShamefulStrip Needless to say she is not happy]]. Later Shaw finds a tracking sensor and realises ''he'' is the one who has the tracking device [[spoiler:implanted under his skin by a doctor working in league with TheMole, who 'accidentally' injured him during a basketball game.]]


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* TwoGuysAndAGirl: The U.N.'s secret-ops team of Shaw, Bly, and Jenna Novak.


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* VomitDiscretionShot: When the FBI comes across a shipping container full of dead refugees, Capella's partner turns to hurl on the pavement, and the camera thankfully pans to an overhead shot.
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