In the movie Split Second
, Harley Stone (played by Rutger Hauer
) is a cop who often flouts the rules
working in a decaying, flooded London circa 2008 (clearly an alternate timeline), as global warming has caused sea levels to rise.
A supernatural killer
that Stone is convinced exists has returned, and it's his mission
to find the killer before anyone else dies. Unfortunately, his boss doesn't think he's stable enough to work without an assigned partner, Dick Durkin. Hilarity (and action-adventure) ensues.
This film provides examples of:
- Absurdly Sharp Claws: The creature uses its huge claw to shred through the roof of a subway train like a hot knife through butter. It has to be seen to be believed.
- And Show It to You: In the climax, Stone pulls out the monster's heart from its chest and blows it to smithereens with his gun. Interesting that it might not be overkill: the monster doesn't drop until the heart is destroyed.
- Badass Longcoat: Stone never goes anywhere without a leather trenchcoat to emphasize his badassitude as a Cowboy Cop.
- Beat Still, My Heart: After Stone pulls out the monster's heart, it keeps beating.
- BFG: Dick Durkin snaps and ends up demanding, literally, Bigger Fucking Guns.
- By-the-Book Cop: Dick Durkin is much more mindful of proper police procedure and much calmer than Stone due to his past education on killers and psychopaths. Subverted towards the end when he realizes that they're up against a supernatural monstrosity and he becomes just as gun-happy as Stone.
- Cannibalism Superpower: Durkin theorizes that the killer is a demon sent from Hell who eats the hearts of his victims to gain their strength, DNA, and their souls.
- Connect the Deaths: The monster kills its victims in specific places in order to draw a dot-to-dot version of an astrological symbol on the city map.
- Cowboy Cop: Stone is a complete rundown of the trope: He's a multiple gun-toting hardass who treats everyone like crap, shoots first and asks questions later, pisses of Da Chief and treats his by-the-book partner like a nuisance and gets the job done with superior firepower.
- Da Chief: "The Chief" (named Trasher according to the credits), who spends most of his time trying to rein the violent and snarky Harley Stone in.
- Deadpan Snarker: Harley Stone. It helps that Rutger Hauer seems to naturally gravitate to playing characters this way.
Durkin: Her heart? What for?
Stone: Maybe he eats them for breakfast.
- Disposable Woman: Michelle.
- Finger in the Mail: A long-vanished Serial Killer returns and taunts the protagonist by sending him a metal briefcase that turns out to contain the heart of the first new victim packed in ice with a very large bite taken out of it.
- Gonna Need More X: Dick Durkin demands more guns (specifically, Big Fucking Guns) after seeing the monster for the first time and consequently freaking out.
- Hand Cannon: Stone's modified sidearm is massive — and that's lampshaded by multiple characters calling it his personal cannon.
- Jerkass: Stone is a cantankerous prick throughout the movie. He goes out of his way to be a smartass to people, even to the extent of purposely ordering coffee in a bar.
- More Dakka: Harley's arsenal. In spades. He has, among other weapons: an MP-15, Glock 50, and an A-3 assault shotgun.
Thrasher: I'm surprised you don't have a grenade launcher.
Stone: I couldn't get a permit.
- Properly Paranoid: The Chief is initially wary of Stone being a paranoid menace, since he carries around a Hand Cannon and several other guns at all times. The very next scene involves him and the chief discovering that the heart of the killer's latest victim was delivered right to Stone's desk at the precinct.
Stone: Paranoid, huh?
- Psychic Powers: Stone has a mysterious psychic connection to the killer; he can predict where he first strikes upon his return and sense his presence by hearing the killer's beating heart. Dick Durking thinks it's because he's a Scorpio.
- Serial Killer: Stone is pursuing a serial killer who cuts out his victims' hearts to eat them and has a personal vendetta with Stone. Subverted in that it turns out it is actually a giant monster with unexplained motives for killing people, although presumably intelligent.
- Skeptic No Longer: Detective Dick Durkin refuses to believe that the Serial Killer he and Harley Stone (his partner) are tracking isn't actually a human being at all, but rather some kind of monster. And then he runs face-to-face with the thing.
Stone: Did you see him?
Durkin: That wasn't a him, that was a fucking it!
- Seeing the monster also leads to Durbin's line, "We need to get bigger guns!", which under the circumstances was a very rational reaction.