History YMMV / Identity

19th Mar '17 11:06:53 PM EvilKid
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*** Rhodes also [[spoiler: being creepy and staring inappropriately at Paris are also hint.]]


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** When Ed discovers Larry's porn stash with scribbled insults over its pages, it's hint of [[HeManWomanHater Larry]] being hypocrite. [[spoiler: No, thise are not his and actually hint he is not the real motel owner.]]
19th Mar '17 4:35:20 PM Stellarvore
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* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Malcolm Rivers. The horribly abusive childhood he endured and the subsequent trauma he lived with resulted in [[spoiler: him developing multiple personalties. At least three of these personalities are coldblooded killers. Robert Maine is clearly a deranged maniac. Samuel Rhodes is a short-tempered, self-serving criminal who has no qualms with murder but is at least capable of behaving around others. But the worst by far is Timothy York, a BitchInSheepsClothing CreepyChild SerialKiller and the personification of Malcolm's deep-seeded rage. By the end, the violent, relentless and unforgiving presence of his mistreated inner child is all that's left of Malcolm Rivers.]]

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* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Malcolm Rivers. The horribly abusive childhood he endured and the subsequent trauma he lived with resulted in [[spoiler: him developing multiple personalties. At least three of these personalities are coldblooded killers. Robert Maine is clearly a deranged maniac. Samuel Rhodes is a short-tempered, self-serving criminal who has no qualms with murder but is at least capable of behaving around others. But the worst by far is Timothy York, a BitchInSheepsClothing CreepyChild SerialKiller and the personification of Malcolm's deep-seeded rage. By the end, the violent, relentless and unforgiving presence of his mistreated inner child is all that's left of Malcolm Rivers.]]
18th Nov '16 1:56:25 AM 43110
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* CompleteMonster: The killer, [[spoiler: Little Timmy. Though, only at the end. He spends the majority of the movie as something of an ''incomplete'' monster, due to being one of several personalities inhabiting the mind of a mentally ill man. By the end, though, he's killed off all the others and is the only one who remains.]]
20th Sep '16 7:38:54 AM RoyFlowers
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** That former cop Ed has to keep telling Officer Rhodes how to do his job or take command from him throughout the film makes sense later on [[spoiler: when it's revealed that he's really an escaped prisoner disguised as a policeman.]]

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** That former cop Ed has to keep telling Officer Rhodes how to do his job or take command from him throughout the film makes sense later on [[spoiler: when it's revealed that he's Rhodes is really an escaped prisoner disguised as a policeman.]]



** [[spoiler: Ed's FamousLastWords to Paris as he dies in her arms.]]

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** [[spoiler: **[[spoiler: Ed's FamousLastWords to Paris as he dies in her arms.]]
20th Sep '16 7:38:04 AM RoyFlowers
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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: Every single one of the characters at the motel becomes subject to this following the revelation during the final act of the film.

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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: Every single one of the characters at the motel becomes subject to this following the revelation during the final act of the film.film: [[spoiler: they're all the split personalities of a man suffering from Dissociative Identity Disorder.]]



* EnsembleDarkhorse: Paris Nevada, a HookerWithAHeartOfGold, NiceGirl and FinalGirl all in one. It helps that this is also one of Amanda Peet's best performances.
** The film also features a stand-out performance from John Hawkes as Larry, who starts off as an untrustworthy SmugSnake and {{Jerkass}} but ends up being a surprisingly nuanced character with a very human backstory.



** That former cop Ed has to keep telling Officer Rhodes how to do his job or take command from him throughout the film makes sense later on [[spoiler: when it's revealed that he's really an escaped prisoner disguised as a policeman.]]



* TearJerker: [[spoiler: Ed's FamousLastWords to Paris as he dies in her arms.]]

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* TearJerker: [[spoiler: Ed's story about the woman whose suicide he failed to prevent, which caused him to quit the force.
** George York breaking down and distressing over his dying wife throughout the film.
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Ed's FamousLastWords to Paris as he dies in her arms.]]


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** The ending [[spoiler: where Paris, the last good part of Malcolm Rivers, is murdered by Timothy, the most evil part of him.]]
* TheWoobie: George, Ginny, Larry and Paris at various points in the film.
18th Sep '16 11:10:27 PM RoyFlowers
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* MagnificentBastard: The killer, [[spoiler: Timmy. A savagely cunning presence, he subconsciously murders or orchestrates the deaths of every one of Malcolm Rivers's personalities. This allows him to consciously outwit the law, take control of Rivers, escape captivity and, most likely, continue his bloody rampage in the real world. And the little bastard did it all in one night.]]

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* MagnificentBastard: The killer, [[spoiler: Timmy. A savagely cunning presence, he subconsciously murders or orchestrates the deaths of every one of Malcolm Rivers's personalities.personalities other than himself. This allows him to consciously outwit the law, take control of Rivers, escape captivity and, most likely, continue his bloody rampage in the real world. And the little bastard did it all in one night.]]
18th Sep '16 11:09:07 PM RoyFlowers
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* MagnificentBastard: The killer, [[spoiler: Timmy. A savagely cunning presence, he subconsciously murders or orchestrates the deaths of every one of Malcolm Rivers's personalities. This allows him to consciously outwit the law, take control of Rivers, escape captivity and, most likely, continue his bloody rampage. And the little bastard did it all in one night.]]

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* MagnificentBastard: The killer, [[spoiler: Timmy. A savagely cunning presence, he subconsciously murders or orchestrates the deaths of every one of Malcolm Rivers's personalities. This allows him to consciously outwit the law, take control of Rivers, escape captivity and, most likely, continue his bloody rampage.rampage in the real world. And the little bastard did it all in one night.]]
18th Sep '16 11:07:15 PM RoyFlowers
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** During the scene where [[spoiler: the multiple personality plot was uncovered, the judge is thumbing through Malcolm Rivers's diary. Every couple of pages features a dramatic shift in penmanship, illustrating Rivers's shifting alter egos. The last we see are the words [[spoiler: "Timothy/Timmy York" written over and over in red, large block letters for two straight pages. Hint, hint.]]

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** During the scene where [[spoiler: the multiple personality plot was uncovered, uncovered,]] the judge is thumbing through Malcolm Rivers's diary. Every couple of pages features a dramatic shift in penmanship, illustrating Rivers's shifting [[spoiler: alter egos. egos.]] The last we see are the words [[spoiler: "Timothy/Timmy York" written over and over in red, large block letters for two straight pages. Hint, hint.]]



* {{Narm}}: During the big montage at the end, there's a rather hilarious shot of [[spoiler: Timmy doing an UnflinchingWalk with a PsychoticSmirk on his face as the car explodes behind him and a storm rages all around.]]

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* {{Narm}}: During the big montage at the end, there's a rather hilarious shot of [[spoiler: Timmy [[CreepyChild Timmy]] doing an UnflinchingWalk with a PsychoticSmirk on his face as the car explodes behind him and a storm rages all around.around. It's like they were trying as hard as they could to make a meme that would go viral.]]
18th Sep '16 10:59:40 PM RoyFlowers
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* CompleteMonster: The killer, [[spoiler: Little Timmy. Though, only at the end. He spends the majority of the movie as something of an ''incomplete'' monster, due to being one of several personalities inhabiting the mind of a mentally ill man.

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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: Every single one of the characters at the motel becomes subject to this following the revelation during the final act of the film.
* CompleteMonster: The killer, [[spoiler: Little Timmy. Though, only at the end. He spends the majority of the movie as something of an ''incomplete'' monster, due to being one of several personalities inhabiting the mind of a mentally ill man. By the end, though, he's killed off all the others and is the only one who remains.]]




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* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Malcolm Rivers. The horribly abusive childhood he endured and the subsequent trauma he lived with resulted in [[spoiler: him developing multiple personalties. At least three of these personalities are coldblooded killers. Robert Maine is clearly a deranged maniac. Samuel Rhodes is a short-tempered, self-serving criminal who has no qualms with murder but is at least capable of behaving around others. But the worst by far is Timothy York, a BitchInSheepsClothing CreepyChild SerialKiller and the personification of Malcolm's deep-seeded rage. By the end, the violent, relentless and unforgiving presence of his mistreated inner child is all that's left of Malcolm Rivers.]]
18th Sep '16 10:40:47 PM RoyFlowers
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* DarknessInducedAudienceApathy: The film is dark enough already, but the TwistEnding takes the despair to such a level that one might not even want to watch it again.
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