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* BangingForHelp: The missionaries attempt this when they're assaulted in the apartment. Unfortunately, the kidnappers [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy were playing an action movie in the same room with the volume turned way up]].

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* BangingForHelp: The missionaries attempt this when they're assaulted in the apartment. Unfortunately, the kidnappers [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy were playing an action movie in the same room with the volume turned way up]].up.


* CaliforniaDoubling: The scenes of the Elders walking around Russia in the first part of the movie were actually filmed in Ukraine. Then there's the actual house where the Elders are held captive, which was filmed in Utah.

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* CaliforniaDoubling: The scenes of the Elders walking around Russia in the first part of the movie were actually filmed in Ukraine. Then there's the actual house where the Elders are held captive, which was filmed in Utah.

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* CaliforniaDoubling: The scenes of the Elders walking around Russia in the first part of the movie were actually filmed in Ukraine. Then there's the actual house where the Elders are held captive, which was filmed in Utah.


* TattooedCrook: Sergei.

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* TattooedCrook: Sergei. It's from his time as a soldier.

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* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: The Elders are on the receiving end when they're ambushed in the apartment.


* AHouseDivided: Sergei and Nikolai frequently argue. Well, more like Sergei gets angry with Nikolai for things like forgetting to lock the door, not checking who's at the door, and being too kind to the Elders.



* CooperationGambit: Sergei and Nikolai in kidnapping the Elders for ransom. [[spoiler:Later Nikolai and the Elders to just end the whole nightmare they've found themselves in.]]



* HeelFaceTurn: [[Nikolai helps the Elders devise a plan to get free, and Sergei has a change of heart and sets the Elders free when he sees the tattoos drawn on their hands.]]

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* HeelFaceTurn: [[Nikolai [[spoiler:Nikolai helps the Elders devise a plan to get free, and Sergei has a change of heart and sets the Elders free when he sees the tattoos drawn on their hands.]]


* FriendlyEnemy: Nikolai. Perfectly willing to let the missionaries out for bathroom breaks and debate the merits of different basketball players with them.

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* FriendlyEnemy: Nikolai. Perfectly willing to let the missionaries out for bathroom breaks breaks, offer them drinks, and debate the merits of different basketball players with them.them.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[Nikolai helps the Elders devise a plan to get free, and Sergei has a change of heart and sets the Elders free when he sees the tattoos drawn on their hands.]]



* StockholmSyndrome: The Elders, though it takes a while, are sympathetic to Sergei and Nikolai, [[spoiler:a disillusioned ex-soldier and an ordinary guy who just needed money for him and his pregnant girlfriend, respectively]].

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* StockholmSyndrome: The Elders, though it takes a while, are sympathetic to Sergei and Nikolai, [[spoiler:a disillusioned ex-soldier and an ordinary guy who just needed money for him and his pregnant girlfriend, respectively]].respectively]].
* TattooedCrook: Sergei.


* StockholmSyndrome: The Elders, though it takes a while, are sympathetic to Sergei, an ex-soldier, and Nikolai, an ordinary guy who just needed money for him and his pregnant girlfriend.

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* StockholmSyndrome: The Elders, though it takes a while, are sympathetic to Sergei, an ex-soldier, Sergei and Nikolai, [[spoiler:a disillusioned ex-soldier and an ordinary guy who just needed money for him and his pregnant girlfriend.girlfriend, respectively]].

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* FauxAffablyEvil: Sergei.
* FriendlyEnemy: Nikolai. Perfectly willing to let the missionaries out for bathroom breaks and debate the merits of different basketball players with them.


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* ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules: [[spoiler:Nikolai by the end. He thought the ransom would have been paid by day five and only wanted quick money to help him and his pregnant girlfriend. He doesn't want to keep the missionaries hostage anymore, and leaves behind the pen from the final goodbye letters so that the missionaries can draw Sergei's tattoo on their hands.]]


* TheMissionary: Propst and Tuttle.

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* TheMissionary: Propst and Tuttle.Tuttle.
* StockholmSyndrome: The Elders, though it takes a while, are sympathetic to Sergei, an ex-soldier, and Nikolai, an ordinary guy who just needed money for him and his pregnant girlfriend.


* ExactWords/TemptingFate: Elder Propst, while they're handcuffed to the heater, asks if they can have some chairs. Naturally, Nikolai chains a couple of folded-up chairs to the heater with them, making them even more uncomfortable.

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* ExactWords/TemptingFate: ExactWords[=/=]TemptingFate: Elder Propst, while they're handcuffed to the heater, asks if they can have some chairs. Naturally, Nikolai chains a couple of folded-up chairs to the heater with them, making them even more uncomfortable.

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* BadEnd: Elder Tuttle's nightmare, which ends with him getting [[BoomHeadshot shot in the head]] by Sergei after attempting to escape.
* BangingForHelp: The missionaries attempt this when they're assaulted in the apartment. Unfortunately, the kidnappers [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy were playing an action movie in the same room with the volume turned way up]].


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* BathroomBreakOut: Elder Tuttle attempts this in a dream. It doesn't end well.
* ChainedToABed: How the missionaries spend most of the movie.


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* ExactWords/TemptingFate: Elder Propst, while they're handcuffed to the heater, asks if they can have some chairs. Naturally, Nikolai chains a couple of folded-up chairs to the heater with them, making them even more uncomfortable.


* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: In the end, Propst and Tuttle urge their families not to pay the ransom, intending to die to protect others from sharing their fate. Fortunately, they don't have to die, as Sergei lets them go free.]]

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* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: In the end, Propst and Tuttle urge their families not to pay the ransom, intending to die to protect others from sharing their fate. Fortunately, they don't have to die, as Sergei lets them go free.]]]]
* TheMissionary: Propst and Tuttle.

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* BasedOnATrueStory


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* ChekhovsGun: Sergei's tattoo.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: In the end, Propst and Tuttle urge their families not to pay the ransom, intending to die to protect others from sharing their fate. Fortunately, they don't have to die, as Sergei lets them go free.]]

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