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* RecklessGunUsage: {{Defied}} by Matthew. TJ steals a pistol because he thinks he'll need it if he is going to become a private investigator. Matthew shows him how to remove and replace the magazine, remove the safety catch and cock the gun, then tells TJ to put the gun to his head and blow his brains out because he says carrying a gun in the first place is the best way to get killed by one and that it will eventually happen to him if he keeps it.

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* RecklessGunUsage: RecklessGunUsage:
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{{Defied}} by Matthew. TJ steals a pistol because he thinks he'll need it if he is going to become a private investigator. Matthew shows him how to remove and replace the magazine, remove the safety catch and cock the gun, then tells TJ to put the gun to his head and blow his brains out because he says carrying a gun in the first place is the best way to get killed by one and that it will eventually happen to him if he keeps it.it.
** Played straight when Matthew gets into a running gunfight with three gangbangers despite the fact that he was drinking in a bar.


* DeathOfAChild: [[spoiler: The little girl who was accidentally killed in Scudder's shootout with the robbers at the bar. It's the reason he quit being a cop and gave up drinking.]]



* InfantImmortality:
** [[spoiler: The girl taken hostage is alive, but not entirely unharmed.]]
** Averted by [[spoiler: the little girl who was accidentally killed in Scudder's shootout with the robbers at the bar. It's the reason he quit being a cop and gave up drinking]].

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* InfantImmortality:
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ImprobableInfantSurvival: [[spoiler: The girl taken hostage is alive, but not entirely unharmed.]]
** Averted by [[spoiler: the little girl who was accidentally killed in Scudder's shootout with the robbers at the bar. It's the reason he quit being a cop and gave up drinking]].
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* RecklessGunUsage: {{Defied}} by Matthew. TJ steals an automatic pistol because he thinks he'll need it if he is going to become a private investigator. Matthew shows him how to remove and replace the magazine, remove the safety catch and cock the gun, then tells TJ to put the gun to his head and blow his brains out because he says carrying a gun in the first place is the best way to get killed by one and that it will eventually happen to him if he keeps it.

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* RecklessGunUsage: {{Defied}} by Matthew. TJ steals an automatic a pistol because he thinks he'll need it if he is going to become a private investigator. Matthew shows him how to remove and replace the magazine, remove the safety catch and cock the gun, then tells TJ to put the gun to his head and blow his brains out because he says carrying a gun in the first place is the best way to get killed by one and that it will eventually happen to him if he keeps it.


* LittleDeadRidingHood: The killers decide to give up on their next target after finding out his wife is in a coma, when their 14-year old daughter steps out to walk the dog, the wind blowing the hood of her red coat off her face. [[spoiler: She actually survives, though not without losing a finger...]]

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* LittleDeadRidingHood: The killers decide to give up on their next target after finding out his wife is in a coma, when their 14-year old 14-year-old daughter steps out to walk the dog, the wind blowing the hood of her red coat off her face. [[spoiler: She [[spoiler:She actually survives, though not without losing a finger...]]



* SoundtrackDissonance: The SlowMotion MaleGaze view of the fourteen year old Lucia as she walks past the killers to the sound of "Atlantis" by Donovan.

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* SoundtrackDissonance: The SlowMotion MaleGaze view of the fourteen year old fourteen-year-old Lucia as she walks past the killers to the sound of "Atlantis" by Donovan.



* TheReveal: Matthew's tale of his bad day and resorting to alcoholism is told in bits and pieces to the audience, but near the end of the movie he tells TJ everything. [[spoiler: During a gunfight, Matthew's shooting caused a stray bullet to hit a 7-year old straight in the eye, instantly killing her.]]

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* TheReveal: Matthew's tale of his bad day and resorting to alcoholism is told in bits and pieces to the audience, but near the end of the movie he tells TJ everything. [[spoiler: During [[spoiler:During a gunfight, Matthew's shooting caused a stray bullet to hit a 7-year old 7-year-old straight in the eye, instantly killing her.]]



* TropaholicsAnonymous: Matthew goes to alcoholics anonymous and even outlines the twelve step program which as in reality involves submitting oneself to a higher power, usually god.

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* TropaholicsAnonymous: Matthew goes to alcoholics anonymous Alcoholics Anonymous and even outlines the twelve step program which as in reality involves submitting oneself to a higher power, usually god.God.



* WhiteShirtOfDeath: [[spoiler:The girl Scudder accidently killed has the classic blood on a white blouse.]]

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* WhiteShirtOfDeath: [[spoiler:The girl Scudder accidently accidentally killed has the classic blood on a white blouse.]]



* WouldHarmAChild: Ray and Albert's latest victim is a 14 year old girl.

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* WouldHarmAChild: Ray and Albert's latest victim is a 14 year old 14-year-old girl.

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* TrailersAlwaysLie: Most of the trailers for this film imply it's an action thriller in the same vein as ''Film/{{Taken}}'', whereas it's actually more of a gritty, NeoNoir PsychologicalThriller with very little action until the climax.


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* WouldHitAGirl: All of Ray and Albert's victims are women, though they do a ''lot'' more than hit them...


* InfantImmortality: [[spoiler: The little girl taken hostage is alive, but not entirely unharmed.]]

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* InfantImmortality: InfantImmortality:
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[[spoiler: The little girl taken hostage is alive, but not entirely unharmed.]]]]
** Averted by [[spoiler: the little girl who was accidentally killed in Scudder's shootout with the robbers at the bar. It's the reason he quit being a cop and gave up drinking]].



* LittleDeadRidingHood: The killers decide to give up on their next target after finding out his wife is in a coma, when their 14-year old daughter steps out to walk the dog, the wind blowing the hood of her red coat off her face.

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* LittleDeadRidingHood: The killers decide to give up on their next target after finding out his wife is in a coma, when their 14-year old daughter steps out to walk the dog, the wind blowing the hood of her red coat off her face. [[spoiler: She actually survives, though not without losing a finger...]]

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* VillainsOutShopping: One scene shows Albert and Ray (the latter [[FanDisservice without pants]]) enjoying a lazy morning, making and eating a big breakfast.


* WorldHalfEmpty: Subverted with all the apocalyptic Y2K predictions. The audience knows that things didn't turn out too badly after all, and they don't.

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* WorldHalfEmpty: Subverted with all the apocalyptic Y2K predictions. The audience knows that things didn't turn out too badly after all, and they don't.don't in Scudder's latest case.


* CompromisingCall: Subverted. After the cemetery shootout, Scudder realises his TagalongKid is missing and calls his mobile, not realising he's hiding in the back of the serial killers' van. Fortunately they've arrived at their destination by the time the call is made; one hears the ringtone, but dismisses it as coming from a nearby house.

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* CompromisingCall: Subverted. After the cemetery shootout, Scudder realises his TagalongKid is missing and calls his mobile, not realising he's TJ is hiding in the back of the serial killers' van. Fortunately they've arrived at their destination by the time the call is made; one hears the ringtone, but dismisses it as coming from a nearby house.


* BadassAndChildDuo: Matthew and TJ, although TJ is a StreetSmart and computer-literate teenager, and helps Matthew in his investigation.

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* BadassAndChildDuo: Matthew and TJ, although TJ is a StreetSmart and computer-literate teenager, and [[BakerStreetRegular helps Matthew in his investigation.investigation]].

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* CompromisingCall: Subverted. After the cemetery shootout, Scudder realises his TagalongKid is missing and calls his mobile, not realising he's hiding in the back of the serial killers' van. Fortunately they've arrived at their destination by the time the call is made; one hears the ringtone, but dismisses it as coming from a nearby house.


* SpiritualSuccessor: In some senses, it looks like just another [[{{Film/Taken}} clone]] of the now typical ''"starring Liam Neeson as a {{Badass}} {{Determinator}} OneManArmy"'' action film, but [[TrailersAlwaysLie despite some of the trailers]], it's decidedly ''not''.

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* SpiritualSuccessor: In some senses, it looks like just another [[{{Film/Taken}} clone]] of the now typical ''"starring Liam Neeson as a {{Badass}} {{Determinator}} OneManArmy"'' action film, but [[TrailersAlwaysLie despite some of the trailers]], it's decidedly ''not''.


* FilmNoir: The film certainly has this vibe. [[LampshadeHanging Scudder and T.J. even discuss]] Sam Spade and Literature/PhilipMarlowe.

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* FilmNoir: The film certainly has this vibe. [[LampshadeHanging Scudder and T.J. even discuss]] Sam Spade Literature/SamSpade and Literature/PhilipMarlowe.


* FilmNoir: The film certainly has this vibe. [[LampshadeHanging Scudder and T.J. even discuss]] Sam Spade and Literature//PhilipMarlowe.

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* FilmNoir: The film certainly has this vibe. [[LampshadeHanging Scudder and T.J. even discuss]] Sam Spade and Literature//PhilipMarlowe.Literature/PhilipMarlowe.


* FilmNoir: The film certainly has this vibe. [[LampshadeHanging Scudder and T.J. even discuss]] Sam Spade and PhilipMarlowe.

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* FilmNoir: The film certainly has this vibe. [[LampshadeHanging Scudder and T.J. even discuss]] Sam Spade and PhilipMarlowe.Literature//PhilipMarlowe.

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