- We know Cicero put it together, but he didn't know that. And it's not like she had any hard proof anyway.
- 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.
Driver's prison sentenceTen years for a bank robbery with no fatalities or collateral damage? AND after he'd been shot and left for dead? Really?
- 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.
Driver's TattooWe're never told what the thing actually means or where he got it, only that it has something to do with ghosts and it was enough to chase off a 300lb Samoan. You can't set up that kind of badass cred then just ignore it!
- There probably WAS a scene that explained the tattoo and it ended up getting cut from the film.
- It looked like a fairly unique tattoo, maybe something he got while in prison. I got the impression that the Samoan called Driver a ghost for surviving a point blank bullet shot to the head and living to tell about it. If someone told me to fight a man who survived something like that, I'd probably back away, too.
- 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.
- 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 suburban white kids.
Given that Driver never tries to conceal his face or his Cool Car, how come the Highway Patrol doesn't intercept him halfway through the 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 Karma Houdini 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, 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."