- Harsher in Hindsight: Post-9/11, this movie can become really uncomfortable to watch.
- Magnificent Bastards: The Langs/Fenimores who were not only able to frame Michael in the end, but were prepared for everything that was coming to them.
- Moral Event Horizon: The villains are implied to have crossed that long before the start of the movie.
- Nightmare Fuel: If a kid walking down the road with his hand blown off isn't this then what is?
- Paranoia Fuel: The whole film.
- She Really Can Act: Joan Cusack, who's usually associated with comedic roles, absolutely sells the creepiness in her scene with Hope Davis, who plays Bridges' love interest, when they ran into each other outside of a shopping mall.
Brooke had just left Michael a message confirming his suspicions about the Langs. When she hangs up, she turns, only to run into Cheryl, who seems happy to see her.Cheryl Lang (with a forced grin): ...I knew it was you! Hi! (Brooke says hi) What are you doing here?Brooke: Just shopping! What are you doing here?Cheryl (quickly staring away and back at her): Shopping.Brooke: G-great.Cheryl: Yeah. (Cheryl's face grows sad.)Brooke dies off-screen later.
- Unintentional Period Piece: The premise is heavily tied to the post-Oklahoma city bombing but pre-9/11 period.More exactly the suspicion that others were involved in that incident and the general fear of militia types that existed.