* HarsherInHindsight: This movie predates the USA PATRIOT Act by almost four years.
** Brill makes a passing reference to a previous operation supplying weapons to the Afghani rebels fighting against the Soviets.
*** The harshest part is that the USA PATRIOT Act ''made everything the NSA did in the movie legal'' (with cause). Except the murders, of course. Convenient, eh?
** Since the 2013 revelations about the NSA's PRISM operation, the film seems ''even more'' darkly prescient.
** The main antagonist, the man who is pushing for an overweaning security state, was born on 9/11.
** One of the flagged words Brill mentions that the government tracks on phone lines is "Allah".
* HilariousInHindsight:
** [[Film/IRobot Will Smith saves a cat while fleeing the destruction of a building.]] [[Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir At another point, he also suggests hiding out in Philadelphia.]]
** Less 'hilarious' and more 'ironic', but Reynolds' birthday is September 11. This movie came out in 1998.
* MoralEventHorizon: Reynolds and his men have no hesitation to kill a man who was against the NSA project and an innocent girl just to frame Dean for murder.
* NarmCharm: The opening title sequence, while trying to portray omnipresent surveillance, ends up looking like a sequence out of ''{{Film/Hackers}}''. The location cards also enter in one letter at a time and are accompanied by futuristic beeping noises.
* ParanoiaFuel
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