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24th Feb '14 6:15:15 AM Erivale
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Moving something over from the YMMV tab. I figure it fits in here more than it does over there.
!! Driver's tattoo
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!! Driver's tattoo !!Driver's Tattoo

!! Given that Driver never tries to conceal his face or his CoolCar, how come the Highway Patrol doesn't intercept him halfway through the movie?
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!! Given !!Given that Driver never tries to conceal his face or his CoolCar, how come the Highway Patrol doesn't intercept him halfway through the movie?movie? !!Why does Driver spare Preacher but kill Cop? * The film seems to be unable to decide if it conveys that revenge is right or wrong or if forgiveness for wrongdoing is possible. Driver is a [[spoiler:KarmaHoudini]] despite going back and killing someone in the middle of surgery, talking to the victim's dead son, and murdering a handful of other people, but Cop, who seemed to be trying to get his life in order, [[spoiler:gets the shaft in the end.]] Why did Driver decide the Preacher was forgivable but Cop was not? He had no idea Cop was trying to get his life right so it makes the entire situation seem arbitrary. ** Except in Cop's case getting his life in order meant wrapping up loose ends, like killing the man who wouldn't die ten years ago.Also it's a virtual trope of itself in revenge fics (those that take place years after the original crime) that the avenger will encounter at least one target (usually with a young child) who regrets what happened and is trying to live a decent life, yet gets killed anyway. ** Furthermore, Cop wasn't really trying to turn his life around. He was trying to make his life ''better'', and to patch up his relationship with his wife and son, but he wasn't really changing his life or who he was at his core if he was still willing to murder someone simply to tie up loose ends. Preacher was spared because he was genuinely repentant and he acknowledged that he deserved whatever Driver gave him. Knowing he was about to die, all Preacher asked of Driver was his forgiveness, because he knew that if Driver couldn't let go of his hatred, it would destroy him. When Driver refused, Preacher told him that ''he'' would forgive ''Driver'' for what he was about to do. Contrast a bullet to the back of the head with this: --->'''Driver:''' "You turned your life around. Doesn't change what you did."\\ '''Preacher:''' "I wouldn't want it to."
23rd Oct '11 12:44:26 PM Les
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** The tattoo and the "Ghost" appellation probably has some cultural significance to native Samoans, now imagine what would happen to that significance if it was ever fully explained within earshot of any [[PrettyFlyForAWhiteGuy suburban white kids.]]
7th Sep '11 7:17:15 AM Odon
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!! Given that Driver never tries to conceal his face or his CoolCar, how come the Highway Patrol doesn't pick him up halfway through the movie?
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!! Given that Driver never tries to conceal his face or his CoolCar, how come the Highway Patrol doesn't pick intercept him up halfway through the movie?
7th Sep '11 7:16:57 AM Odon
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# Also Killer isn't working directly for Cop, but through a third party, presumably organised crime who might cause trouble for Cop if their best hitman was killed by a client. Furthermore Killer's body would still raise questions as to who he was -- Cop shooting Driver, even in the back of the head ("I saw him reach down to pick up the gun! I feared for my life!") would wrap everything up neatly.

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!! Given that Driver never tries to conceal his face or his CoolCar, how come the Highway Patrol doesn't pick him up halfway through the movie?
13th Jul '11 5:22:05 PM MetaFour
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Why Dont You Just Shoot Him is a supertrope; link to the relevant subtrope instead.
!![[WhyDontYaJustShootHim Why didn't Cop just let Killer shoot Driver?]]
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!![[WhyDontYaJustShootHim !![[JustShootHim Why didn't Cop just let Killer shoot Driver?]]
2nd Jul '11 6:22:50 PM TweaktheWhacked
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* Well, he wasn't getting any time taken off for good behavior. He was a mule, smuggling items in and out, and while he didn't start any fights, he absolutely brutalized people who started fights with him(and prisons rarely give a shit who starts it), so he probably got time added on.
15th Jun '11 3:32:13 PM TweaktheWhacked
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** It gets mentioned off handedly when Cicero and Cop identify him; Cop mentions he "kept score". It's a trophy list keeping track of his altercations in prison. He survived ten years without gang protection without ever backing down from a fight and absolutely brutalizing those who started shit with him.
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