History ShootTheShaggyDog / Film

14th Jul '17 10:30:26 AM benda
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* ''Film/{{Se7en}}'' Detectives David Mills and William Summerset [[spoiler:achieve exactly nothing, and indeed are an essential part of the serial killer's master plan. John Doe kills Mills's wife, prompting Mills to kill him, leading to Mills being arrested.]] "Ernest Hemingway said: 'The world is a fine place, and worth fighting for.' I agree with the second part."

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* ''Film/{{Se7en}}'' comes pretty close. Detectives David Mills and William Summerset [[spoiler:achieve exactly nothing, and indeed are an essential part of the serial killer's master plan. John Doe kills Mills's wife, prompting Mills to kill him, leading to Mills being arrested.]] [[RayOfHopeEnding And yet there's a ray of hope]]: "Ernest Hemingway said: 'The world is a fine place, and worth fighting for.' I agree with the second part."
14th Jul '17 9:49:54 AM benda
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* ''Film/TheGreatSilence'' is a borderline example. The film sets up a pretty standard story of an antihero out for vengeance and protecting some townsfolk from cruel bounty hunters. And then [[spoiler: the bounty hunters kill the comedic sheriff, kill the townsfolk, kill the hero's girl, and kill the hero. It is a total and unqualified victory for the villains.]] And yet the closing credits stated that the whole thing was so shocking for the public opinion that it resulted in a ban on bounty hunting, thus ultimately subverting the trope.

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* ''Film/TheGreatSilence'' is a borderline example. The film sets up a pretty standard story of an antihero out for vengeance and protecting some townsfolk from cruel bounty hunters. And then [[spoiler: the bounty hunters kill the comedic sheriff, kill the townsfolk, kill the hero's girl, and kill the hero. It is a total and unqualified victory for the villains.]] And yet the closing credits title card stated that the whole thing was so shocking for the public opinion that it resulted in a ban on bounty hunting, thus ultimately subverting the trope.
14th Jul '17 9:48:33 AM benda
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* ''Film/TheGreatSilence''. The film sets up a pretty standard story of an antihero out for vengeance and protecting some townsfolk from cruel bounty hunters. And then [[spoiler: the bounty hunters kill the comedic sheriff, kill the townsfolk, kill the hero's girl, and kill the hero. It is a total and unqualified victory for the villains.]]

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* ''Film/TheGreatSilence''.''Film/TheGreatSilence'' is a borderline example. The film sets up a pretty standard story of an antihero out for vengeance and protecting some townsfolk from cruel bounty hunters. And then [[spoiler: the bounty hunters kill the comedic sheriff, kill the townsfolk, kill the hero's girl, and kill the hero. It is a total and unqualified victory for the villains.]]]] And yet the closing credits stated that the whole thing was so shocking for the public opinion that it resulted in a ban on bounty hunting, thus ultimately subverting the trope.
24th Jun '17 9:44:28 PM WildeOscar
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* ''Film/RosemarysBaby'': All of Rosemary's attempts to escape her husband and the Satanic cult he's allied with before she gives birth fail completely, and she gives birth in their clutches. Not that it would've made the slightest bit of difference if any of her escape attempts had succeeded since her baby [[spoiler: is Satan's child, the Anti Christ.]] For all the difference it made, [[ItMakesSenseInContext Rosemary might as well've wolfed down the entire ice cream the night before her baby's conception, and been a blindly trusting idiot afterwards]] (not that she really is a blindly trusting idiot, mind you, it just would've made no difference if she was).

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* ''Film/RosemarysBaby'': All of Rosemary's attempts to escape her husband and the Satanic cult he's allied with before she gives birth fail completely, and she gives birth in their clutches. Not that it would've made the slightest bit of difference if any of her escape attempts had succeeded since her baby [[spoiler: is Satan's child, the Anti Christ.]] For all the difference it made, [[ItMakesSenseInContext Rosemary might as well've wolfed down the entire ice cream chocolate mousse the night before her baby's conception, and been a blindly trusting idiot afterwards]] (not that she really is a blindly trusting idiot, mind you, it just would've made no difference if she was).
15th Jun '17 3:53:45 PM TompaDompa
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* ''Film/TheDraughtsmansContract'': [[spoiler: Mr. Neville is killed, his drawings are destroyed, and he never even found out who killed Mr. Herbert.]]
30th Apr '17 3:02:54 PM nombretomado
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** ''Film/TheBadSleepWell'', his (very loose) adaptation of ''Hamlet''. ToshiroMifune spends the entire movie building up ThePlan to get his ultimate revenge on the corporate grifters who drove his father to suicide, but he ends up falling in love with the daughter of his primary target, leading the evil executive to drug his own daughter and arrange for him to be killed. You don't see him die--the daughter and her brother return to his hideout, only to be told by his badly beaten best friend that he, too was drugged and then sent on the road, where he was killed by a train.

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** ''Film/TheBadSleepWell'', his (very loose) adaptation of ''Hamlet''. ToshiroMifune Creator/ToshiroMifune spends the entire movie building up ThePlan to get his ultimate revenge on the corporate grifters who drove his father to suicide, but he ends up falling in love with the daughter of his primary target, leading the evil executive to drug his own daughter and arrange for him to be killed. You don't see him die--the daughter and her brother return to his hideout, only to be told by his badly beaten best friend that he, too was drugged and then sent on the road, where he was killed by a train.
3rd Apr '17 10:54:46 PM M0wgli
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** In the original ''Cube'', characters are repeatedly set up as heroes in an escape for their lives from a mechanical maze, but they all die or are killed by another character, except for the IdiotSavant character. He would be the only person who could sound the alarm or summon help, but would not be able to communicate the situation, assuming he understood it at all.

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** In the original ''Cube'', characters are repeatedly set up as heroes in an escape for their lives from a mechanical maze, but they all die or are killed by another character, except for the IdiotSavant character. He would be the only person who could sound the alarm or summon help, but would not be able to communicate the situation, assuming he understood it at all.\\
Additionally, The Cube itself is an utterly pointless product of bureaucratic inertia. It's not testing a theory, advancing human knowledge or passing moral judgement. It's just a case of: Something needed to be done. The Cube is Something. So it was done.
18th Feb '17 11:42:03 AM Miracle@StOlaf
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** ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' reveals that, despite successfully resisting the Dark Side of the Force in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', Luke Skywalker's efforts at restarting the Jedi Order were undone when his student [[spoiler:and nephew Ben Solo]] [[APupilOfMineUntilHeTurnedToEvil succumbed to the Dark Side]] and murdered his fellow Jedi, leaving Luke so heartbroken that he went into hiding. It also shows that in spite of the efforts of the Rebel Alliance's best efforts, another extremely powerful adversary filled the power vacuum left by the collapse of the Galactic Empire, leaving Anakin Skywalker's redemption as the only accomplishment of the heroes that actually stuck.

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** ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' reveals that, despite successfully resisting the Dark Side of the Force in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', Luke Skywalker's efforts at restarting the Jedi Order were undone when his student [[spoiler:and nephew Ben Solo]] [[APupilOfMineUntilHeTurnedToEvil succumbed to the Dark Side]] and murdered his fellow Jedi, leaving Luke so heartbroken that he went into hiding. It also shows that in spite of the efforts of the Rebel Alliance's best efforts, Alliance, another extremely powerful adversary filled the power vacuum left by the collapse of the Galactic Empire, leaving Anakin Skywalker's redemption as the only accomplishment of the heroes that actually stuck.
18th Feb '17 11:41:31 AM Miracle@StOlaf
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** ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' reveals that, despite successfully resisting the Dark Side of the Force in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', Luke Skywalker's efforts at restarting the Jedi Order were undone when his student [[spoiler:and nephew Ben Solo]] [[APupilOfMineUntilHeTurnedToEvil succumbed to the Dark Side]] and murdered his fellow Jedi, leaving Luke so heartbroken that he went into hiding.

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** ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' reveals that, despite successfully resisting the Dark Side of the Force in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', Luke Skywalker's efforts at restarting the Jedi Order were undone when his student [[spoiler:and nephew Ben Solo]] [[APupilOfMineUntilHeTurnedToEvil succumbed to the Dark Side]] and murdered his fellow Jedi, leaving Luke so heartbroken that he went into hiding. It also shows that in spite of the efforts of the Rebel Alliance's best efforts, another extremely powerful adversary filled the power vacuum left by the collapse of the Galactic Empire, leaving Anakin Skywalker's redemption as the only accomplishment of the heroes that actually stuck.
6th Jan '17 7:36:29 PM nombretomado
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* ''Film/EasyRider'' ends when Billy and Wyatt [[spoiler: are blown off their bikes by two rednecks in a pickup, for fun.]] George Hanson (JackNicholson) [[spoiler: meets a similarly pointless end in a redneck attack about halfway through the film.]] How was this missed, etc. It was during a ''scenery / music / driving montage'', no less! And... Boom Up and out over the burning heap of motorcycle on the banks of the Mississippi to [[Music/TheByrds Roger McGuinn]] singin' about flowin' rivers and star-spangled deltas.

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* ''Film/EasyRider'' ends when Billy and Wyatt [[spoiler: are blown off their bikes by two rednecks in a pickup, for fun.]] George Hanson (JackNicholson) (Creator/JackNicholson) [[spoiler: meets a similarly pointless end in a redneck attack about halfway through the film.]] How was this missed, etc. It was during a ''scenery / music / driving montage'', no less! And... Boom Up and out over the burning heap of motorcycle on the banks of the Mississippi to [[Music/TheByrds Roger McGuinn]] singin' about flowin' rivers and star-spangled deltas.
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