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* BoringInvincibleHero: Subverted all the way [[JustForPun to hell]] with Kyle. Sure, he's the main character, but he loses about as much as he wins (in a departure from Van Damme's past characters).

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* SanitySlippage: The conditions of the prison, the mistreatment from the prison's personnel, and the brutality of the fights he's forced to take part in slowly erode at Kyle's sanity over time. It leads to him [[HeWhoFightsMonsters becoming as savage as his opponents]], which in turn leads to Prisoner 451 asking the above ArmorPiercingQuestion.

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** Valya, Andrei's successor, is also this.

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* BigBad: General Hruschov, the prison's warden who organizes the prison fights.


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** Kyle himself is also this. He's more strong and determinated, but nevertheless he suffers many injures and gets through a lot of pain.


* GroinAttack: Twice in a fight between Kyle and Andrei: firstly when Andrei drags seemingly defeated Kyle by his leg to a pole, ramming it between his legs. He gets his comeuppance however, when Andrei reaches for Kyle's second leg, Kyle then kicks him back in the groin in retaliation, forcing him to the ground, resulting in a very brutal [[ImAHumanitarian cannibalistic]] [[KarmicDeath karmic death]].

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* GroinAttack: Twice in a fight between Kyle and Andrei: firstly when Andrei drags seemingly defeated Kyle by his leg to a pole, ramming it between his legs. He gets his comeuppance however, when Andrei reaches for Kyle's second leg, Kyle then kicks him back in the groin in retaliation, forcing him to the ground, resulting in a very brutal [[ImAHumanitarian cannibalistic]] [[KarmicDeath karmic death]].


* GroinAttack: Twice in a fight between Kyle and Andrei: firstly when Andrei drags seemingly defeated Kyle by his leg to a pole, ramming it between his legs. He gets his comeuppance however, when Andrei reaches for Kyle's second leg, Kyle then kicks him back in the groin in retaliation, forcing him to the ground, resaulting in a very brutal cannibalistic [[KarmicDeath karmic death]].

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* GroinAttack: Twice in a fight between Kyle and Andrei: firstly when Andrei drags seemingly defeated Kyle by his leg to a pole, ramming it between his legs. He gets his comeuppance however, when Andrei reaches for Kyle's second leg, Kyle then kicks him back in the groin in retaliation, forcing him to the ground, resaulting resulting in a very brutal cannibalistic [[ImAHumanitarian cannibalistic]] [[KarmicDeath karmic death]].


* GroinAttack: Twice in a fight between Kyle and Andrei: firstly when Andrei drags seemingly defeated Kyle by his leg to a pole, ramming it between his legs. He gets his comeuppance however, when Andrei reaches for Kyle's second leg, Kyle then kicks him back in the groin in retaliation, forcing him to the ground, resaulting in a very brutal cannibalistic [[KarmicDeath karmic death]].



* ManBitesMan: Kyle, after knocking his opponent to the ground in one of his fights, then proceeds to brutally bite into his neck, while he screams in agony, before he dies.

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* ManBitesMan: Kyle, after knocking his opponent Andrei to the ground in one of his fights, then proceeds to brutally bite into his neck, while he screams in agony, before he dies.

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* ManBitesMan: Kyle, after knocking his opponent to the ground in one of his fights, then proceeds to brutally bite into his neck, while he screams in agony, before he dies.


* PrisonRape: Newly-arrived inmate Billy gets selected for this right off the bat, and it's implied that he's subjected to this every night afterward.

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* PrisonRape: Newly-arrived inmate Billy gets selected for this right off the bat, and it's implied that he's subjected to this every night afterward. Kyle also gets threatened with this by Andrei, though fortunately he doesn't get to experience it.



%%* RapeAsDrama


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* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: It's indicated early in the film that if Kyle were to simply pay off the prison guards, he wouldn't even have to spend a day in prison; given that his wife's killer got off ''his'' murder charge due to the judge being bribed, Kyle could just as easily have done it. However, Kyle himself averts it by refusing to do so.


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* WardensAreEvil: This prison's warden definitely is.


* AdultFear: What happened to Kyle and his wife is basically this: You're on the phone with a loved one, when suddenly they get attacked on their end of the line by a house-breaker, and on your end, you can only listen helplessly while unable to do anything about it.
* AmoralAttorney: It's indicated that the attorneys representing Kyle's wife's killer got the case dismissed by bribing the judge.
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: At one point Prisoner 451 puts one of these to Kyle when the latter starts getting [[HeWhoFightsMonsters too much like the other prisoners he fights in the warden's matches]].
--> '''Prisoner 451:''' Do you even know who you are?



%%* BeingTorturedMakesYouEvil
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Billy's dead, and Prisoner 451 will spend the rest of his life in prison. On the bright side, Kyle has escaped with 451's help, and there is hope he will recover from his traumatic experience]].

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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Billy's dead, and Prisoner 451 will spend the rest of his life in prison. On the bright side, Kyle has escaped with 451's help, the prison is shut down three months later after Kyle presents evidence of the prison's corruption to the US government, and there is hope he Kyle will recover from his traumatic experience]].



%%* BreakTheCutie



* ChekhovsGun: Every time he's placed in solitary confinement, Kyle hears a prisoner on the other side of the wall moaning loudly, and he pounds on the wall as a way to quiet the other prisoner down. [[spoiler:Turns out the other prisoner is Valya, the prison's most brutal fighter, who stops his violent rampage in the climax when Kyle inadvertently pounds a wall, because he took those wall-poundings as a source of comfort]].
* DepravedHomosexual: Andre, the leader of the prison Mafia, to whom the chief guard [[PrisonRape sells Billy]] every night.

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* ChekhovsGun: Every time he's placed in solitary confinement, Kyle hears a prisoner on the other side of the wall moaning loudly, and he pounds on the wall as a way to quiet the other prisoner down. [[spoiler:Turns out the other prisoner is Valya, Miloc, the prison's most brutal fighter, who stops his violent rampage in the climax when Kyle inadvertently pounds a wall, door, because he took the echoes from those wall-poundings as a source of comfort]].
* DepravedHomosexual: Andre, Andrei, the leader of the prison Mafia, to whom the chief guard [[PrisonRape sells Billy]] every night.



* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Both Billy and Prisoner 451 warn Kyle against succumbing to this.
--> '''Billy:''' Don't let them make you become something you're not.



* KarmicDeath: Kyle kills Andre during one of the warden's betting-fights. [[spoiler:Prisoner 451 later kills the warden]].
* KillItWithFire: The reason [[spoiler:Prisoner 451]] is in prison in the first place.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: The vicious masked prisoner Valya beats his opponents to death, and is thus far the only prisoner to be undefeated in the corrupt warden's betting-brawls.

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* TheJuggernaut: Miloc, whose fights tend to be [[CurbStompBattle one-sided in his favor]].
* KarmicDeath: Kyle kills Andre Andrei during one of the warden's betting-fights. [[spoiler:Prisoner 451 later kills the warden]].
* KillItWithFire: The [[spoiler:The reason [[spoiler:Prisoner 451]] Prisoner 451 is in prison in the first place.
place is because he did this to a teacher who was sexually abusing him. He also does this to another inmate who betrayed one of Billy's escape attempts to the guards]].
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: The vicious masked prisoner Valya Miloc beats his opponents to death, and is thus far the only prisoner to be undefeated in the corrupt warden's betting-brawls.



* TooDumbToLive: Billy is locked in a cell with the vicious prisoner Valya. Billy spits in Valya's face; Valya's response is to give Billy a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown [[spoiler:that results in Billy dying from his injuries]].



%%* WorkingOnTheChainGang


* ShoutOut: Gee, a man obsessed with books and [[Creator/RayBradbury Numbered 451]]?

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* ShoutOut: Gee, a man obsessed with books and [[Creator/RayBradbury [[Literature/Fahrenheit451 Numbered 451]]?


* TheObiWan: Prisoner 451 later becomes this to Kyle.

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* ShoutOut: Gee, a man obsessed with books and [[RayBradbury Numbered 451]]?

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* ShoutOut: Gee, a man obsessed with books and [[RayBradbury [[Creator/RayBradbury Numbered 451]]?


A 2003 movie directed by Ringo Lam starring JeanClaudeVanDamme, and quite possibly one of his darker works.

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A 2003 movie directed by Ringo Lam starring JeanClaudeVanDamme, Creator/JeanClaudeVanDamme, and quite possibly one of his darker works.






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* BreakTheCutie

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* WorkingOnTheChainGang

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