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The original

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Some see Bronson's character as an existentialist Sociopathic Hero, but others say it's because life's let him down too many times.
  • Moral Event Horizon: After Steve's female friend has called him after cutting her wrists and is bleeding to death, Steve and Arthur stand by and watch, giving the girl estimates of the symptoms and time until death, and throwing her the keys to a vehicle and telling her where she can drive to get help.
    • This scene is also an excellent showcasing of the film's existentialist themes. As Steve says to the girl; "If you don't care about your life, why should I?"
  • Narm: The ridiculous dramatic camera pans close up all the way into Bronson's nose are a little much.

The remake

  • Ho Yay: Between McKenna and Burke. And probably unintentionally, but between Bishop and McKenna, a lot. He seems to take it very personally when he realizes that Bishop killed his father, getting teary-eyed at the betrayal. And there's just generally a lot of macho posing.

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