History Film / TheArtOfWar

13th Nov '16 7:59:51 AM OlfinBedwere
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* KarmaHoudini: By the end of the film, the only thing that Shaw has accomplished is knocking out the BigBad, while committing ''many'' colossal fuck-ups including [[spoiler:murdering a bunch of South Korean intelligence agents who were just doing their jobs, unwittingly letting said Big Bad tag along with him, and unwittingly allowing her to assassinate the South Korean ambassador]]. The Secretary-General still gives a speech about how vital Shaw is to the security of the UN.

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* CharacterShilling: In the ending, the Secretary-General gives a speech about what a brilliant agent Shaw is, for saving her from being assassinated by a terrorist. A terrorist, by the way, who was only able to even threaten her life in the first place thanks to Shaw ''himself'', and would otherwise have probably never even gotten through the front doors of the UN building.
* KarmaHoudini: By the end of the film, the only thing that Shaw has accomplished is knocking out the BigBad, while committing ''many'' colossal fuck-ups including [[spoiler:murdering a bunch of South Korean intelligence agents who were just doing their jobs, unwittingly letting said Big Bad tag along with him, and unwittingly allowing thereby giving her the opportunity to assassinate the South Korean ambassador]]. The Secretary-General still gives a speech about how vital Shaw is to the security of the UN.
3rd Nov '16 2:42:34 AM OlfinBedwere
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* {{BFG}}: The L-9000 battle gun, which fires depleted uranium rounds that are capable of blowing up ''tanks''.

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* {{BFG}}: The L-9000 L-900 battle gun, rifle, which fires depleted uranium rounds that are capable of blowing up ''tanks''.''tanks''. Strangely, though, despite being repeatedly referred to as a "battle rifle" the weapon itself is actually fairly small, more resembling a larger automatic pistol and held one-handed.


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* HalfwayPlotSwitch: The film starts out as Shaw investigating the death of his mentor, but near the end of the first act switches to his protecting some senators from a terrorist organization. His mentor's death does become important again in the ending, though.


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* KickTheSonOfABitch: [[spoiler:Sallas]] gets something of a CruelAndUnusualDeath, whereby Shaw shoots him in the chest, then shoots him in both kneecaps, and then as he's leaving the room shoots the L-900, causing it to fire upwards and bring down the entire ceiling, finishing [[spoiler:Sallas]] off.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: Oddly enough, downplayed somewhat when Sallas uses the L-900 to execute a [[TheMole mole]]; while the gun does mess his body up pretty badly, leaving his torso looking like a piece of carbonized Swiss cheese, considering what we see elsewhere the guy should have been blown into a million little bits.
2nd Nov '16 4:08:00 AM OlfinBedwere
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* PutOnABus: Unlike the second film, this one actually explain's Julia's absence, saying that she broke up with Shaw after he decided to return to working for the United Nations.

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* PutOnABus: Unlike the second film, this one actually explain's explains Julia's absence, saying that she broke up with Shaw after he decided to return to working for the United Nations.
2nd Nov '16 4:07:53 AM OlfinBedwere
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!!This film provides examples of:

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!!This film !!''The Art of War'' provides examples of:


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!!''The Art of War II: Betrayal'' contains examples of:
* BatmanGambit: In the final scene, Shaw shoots [[spoiler:Melina/Susan]] dead, then drops the gun and walks away. [[spoiler:Garrett]] then picks up the gun and tries to shoot Shaw, only to find that there are no more bullets left, thereby incriminating himself for the murder.
* {{BFG}}: The L-9000 battle gun, which fires depleted uranium rounds that are capable of blowing up ''tanks''.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Julia doesn't appear or even get mentioned at any point in the film.
* IHaveManyNames: Athena Karkanis's character is initially introduced as "Melina," but near the end of the film we find out that her real name is Susan Marsden. Then, just to really confuse things, she's credited as "Heather" in the end credits despite no-one ever referring to her by that name in the film.
* YouKilledMyFather: Or the closest thing Shaw had to a father, anyway. The death of his mentor spurs Shaw into getting involved with the plot.

!!''The Art of War III: Retribution'' contains examples of:
* ArtisticLicenseMilitary: Two of the film's main plotlines are North Korea and South Korea being on the verge of peaceful reunification, but the North Korean government apparently wanting to buy nuclear weapons. In reality, the former happening in anything like the way the film depicts it is absurdly improbable, and North Korea already had the ability to produce its own nuclear weapons even when the film was being made.
* KarmaHoudini: By the end of the film, the only thing that Shaw has accomplished is knocking out the BigBad, while committing ''many'' colossal fuck-ups including [[spoiler:murdering a bunch of South Korean intelligence agents who were just doing their jobs, unwittingly letting said Big Bad tag along with him, and unwittingly allowing her to assassinate the South Korean ambassador]]. The Secretary-General still gives a speech about how vital Shaw is to the security of the UN.
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: Taken to ridiculous levels in the film's various fight scenes, eventually culminating in Shaw and [[spoiler:Kim]] having a gunfight with [[spoiler:Sun Yi]] in the Secretary-General's office, where they're separated by just ten feet and a couple of couches. [[spoiler:Kim]] is the only person who actually ends up getting killed, and it eventually takes [[spoiler:Jason distracting Sun Yi for Shaw to finally incapacitate her]].
* NonIndicativeName: The film's title, given that nothing in the film ever suggests that Shaw is seeking revenge for anything. In fact, the titles of the two sequels would actually make more sense if they were swapped around, given that in the second film Shaw is investigating the death of his mentor, and in this film Shaw [[spoiler:gets betrayed by Sun Yi]].
* PutOnABus: Unlike the second film, this one actually explain's Julia's absence, saying that she broke up with Shaw after he decided to return to working for the United Nations.
* TheReveal: Throughout most of the film, Kim is presented as the main antagonist. As it actually turns out, [[spoiler:he was a United Nations investigator working with South Korean intelligence to capture the arms dealers who were trying to sell nuclear weapons to North Korea]]. Though this does have the ''slight'' side-effect of meaning that all that Shaw managed to accomplish in the film was [[spoiler:totally screw up Kim's operation and slaughter a dozen or so South Korean intelligence agents and police officers]].
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: In the film's opening sequence, Shaw assassinates an arms dealer by throwing a bomb through his car window, then stabs a would-be suicide bomber to death. Despite this all taking place in front of a busy hotel in downtown Los Angeles, ''no-one at all notices any of this''.
* UnwittingPawn: Shaw, ''big-time''. He gets easily taken in by [[spoiler:Sun Yi]]'s act, eventually culminating in his unwittingly allowing her to [[spoiler:assassinate the South Korean ambassador and very nearly the Secretary-General herself]].
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.
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