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* BattleDiscretionShot: The theater attack, heard - and felt - from afar.


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* SoundOnlyDeath: Of Tariq Husseini.


* AluminiumChristmasTrees: The "premonition value" of this film is lowered a bit if you remember that [[OlderThanTheyThink in 1993]], [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramzi_Yousef an al-Qaeda related organization]] already planned to hit New York City several times, before they settled for "just" trying to blow up the World Trade Center.
** On the other side, a democratically elected government declaring martial law in response to a terrorist incident is exactly what happened in Canada during the October Crisis (thankfully, without much in the way of human rights abuses, though).

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"premonition value" of this film is lowered a bit if you remember that [[OlderThanTheyThink in 1993]], [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramzi_Yousef an al-Qaeda related organization]] already planned to hit New York City several times, before they settled for "just" trying to blow up the World Trade Center.
** On the other side, a democratically elected government declaring martial law in response to a terrorist incident is exactly what happened in Canada during the October Crisis (thankfully, without much in the way of human rights abuses, though). The same thing happened after the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013.
** The Posse Comitatus Act does not prevent the Army from performing protective duties, or for that matter, law enforcement duties. Further, the military (Army and Air Force specifically) can be used for any law enforcement act, if Congress authorizes it. The military can also act to protect the country for foreign threats, whether an army or a singular threat.



* ArtisticLicenseHistory: The One Federal Plaza bombing involves a van full of explosives being driven through the glass of the lobby, where it explodes. In real life, this would probably not happen, because after the Oklahoma City bombing, federal buildings had to be retrofitted with truck-resistant barriers and with deep setbacks from surrounding streets to keep them resistant to truck bombs. FBI buildings, for instance, must be set back 100 feet (30 m) from traffic.

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* ArtisticLicenseHistory: The One Federal Plaza bombing involves a van full of explosives being driven through the glass of the lobby, where it explodes. In real life, this would probably not happen, because after the Oklahoma City bombing, federal buildings had to be retrofitted with truck-resistant barriers and with deep setbacks from surrounding streets to keep them resistant to truck bombs. FBI buildings, for instance, must be set back 100 feet (30 m) from traffic. An ordinary work van of the kind shown on camera would not have been able to penetrate these barriers, and thus the explosion would have taken place OUTSIDE the building, rather than inside of the lobby. There would have been heavy damage to the structure as well as that of adjacent buildings, maybe enough to warrant demolition, but its total collapse likely would not have occurred.

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* WeAreStrugglingTogether: The movie's depiction of the Federal government. The FBI, CIA, and US Army all want to protect America, but none of them have any line of sight on how to agree on it.


* HeelFaithTurn: [[spoiler:After getting shot in the stomach after distracting Samir which gave Hubbard and Frank clear shots to kill him, Sharon lays dying on the floor of the bath house. After calling on his radio for medical assistance, Hubbard comforts Sharon, she starts to recite The Lords Prayer but struggles and he helps her speak the prayer and recites the final part as she lays on the ground quietly. After Hubbard finishes the Lord's Prayer, Sharon speaks saying the word "Inshallah" (If God Wills, in Arabic) then dies, implying that she may have died a Muslim (possibly reciting the Shahada in her heart silently before her last verbal word).]]

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* HeelFaithTurn: [[spoiler:After getting shot in the stomach after distracting Samir which gave Hubbard and Frank clear shots to kill him, Sharon lays dying on the floor of the bath house. After calling on his radio for medical assistance, Hubbard comforts Sharon, she starts to recite The Lords Prayer but struggles and he helps her speak the prayer and recites the final part as she lays on the ground quietly. After Hubbard finishes the Lord's Prayer, Sharon speaks saying the word "Inshallah" (If God Wills, Wills It, in Arabic) then dies, implying that she may have died a Muslim (possibly reciting the Shahada in her heart silently before her last verbal word).]]


* HeelFaithTurn: [[spoiler:After getting shot in the stomach after distracting Samir which gave Hubbard and Frank clear shots to kill him, Sharon lays dying on the floor of the bath house. After calling on his radio for medical assistance, Hubbard comforts Sharon, she starts to recite The Lords Prayer and he helps recite the final part as she lays on the ground quietly. After Hubbard finishes the Lord's Prayer, Sharon speaks saying the word "Inshallah" (If God Wills, in Arabic) then dies, implying that she may have died a Muslim (possibly reciting the Shahada in her heart silently before her last verbal word).]]

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* HeelFaithTurn: [[spoiler:After getting shot in the stomach after distracting Samir which gave Hubbard and Frank clear shots to kill him, Sharon lays dying on the floor of the bath house. After calling on his radio for medical assistance, Hubbard comforts Sharon, she starts to recite The Lords Prayer but struggles and he helps recite her speak the prayer and recites the final part as she lays on the ground quietly. After Hubbard finishes the Lord's Prayer, Sharon speaks saying the word "Inshallah" (If God Wills, in Arabic) then dies, implying that she may have died a Muslim (possibly reciting the Shahada in her heart silently before her last verbal word).]]

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* HeelFaithTurn: [[spoiler:After getting shot in the stomach after distracting Samir which gave Hubbard and Frank clear shots to kill him, Sharon lays dying on the floor of the bath house. After calling on his radio for medical assistance, Hubbard comforts Sharon, she starts to recite The Lords Prayer and he helps recite the final part as she lays on the ground quietly. After Hubbard finishes the Lord's Prayer, Sharon speaks saying the word "Inshallah" (If God Wills, in Arabic) then dies, implying that she may have died a Muslim (possibly reciting the Shahada in her heart silently before her last verbal word).]]


In hindsight, the movie treated terrorism more maturely than many films before 9/11. Unfortunately,[[note]][[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Or fortunately, depending how you look at it.]][[/note]] the way the public, the government, and the terrorists acted in the film turned out to be pretty inaccurate when a large scale terrorist attack happened in RealLife. [[ColdBloodedTorture Well, mostly.]]

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In hindsight, the movie treated terrorism more maturely than many films before 9/11. Unfortunately,[[note]][[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Or Unfortunately,[[note]]Or fortunately, depending how you look at it.]][[/note]] [[/note]] the way the public, the government, and the terrorists acted in the film turned out to be pretty inaccurate when a large scale terrorist attack happened in RealLife. [[ColdBloodedTorture Well, mostly.]]

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* VehicularKidnapping: A man suspected of being part of a terrorist ring is running from two FBI agents and seems to have gotten away when suddenly a van with an open sliding door drives up right next to the suspect, and what had seemed to be an InnocentBystander on the street shoves the suspect into the van through the open door and then jumps into the van as well just before it speeds away. Although shocked at seeing the guy they were chasing kidnapped by unknown people, Haddad can't help but admire the skill with which it was done.
-->'''Agent Haddad:''' You gotta love that move.


The film opens with the bombing of an army barracks in Saudi Arabia. There are multiple casualties and a terrorist cell led by fundamentalist Sheikh Ahmed bin Talal is blamed. The action shifts to New York where a series of terrorist incidents occur, escalating in significance. Initially handled by FBI agents Anthony Hubbard (Washington) and the Arab-American Frank Haddad (Creator/TonyShalhoub). Later, CIA agent Elise Kraft (Bening) gets involved. Later yet, the President declares martial law and the Army's 101st Airborne Division, under Major General William Devereaux (Willis), occupies and seals off Brooklyn in an effort to find the remaining terrorist cells. Devereaux has all young males of Arab descent, regardless of ideological affiliation, rounded up and detained in a makeshift prison camp at Yankee Stadium. This only helps worsen the situation. New Yorkers stage violent demonstrations against the army and the racial profiling of the Arabs. The Army has to fight to maintain control. There are reports of Army killings. Meanwhile, Devereaux starts interrogating suspects by torturing them. In one case to death. The situation further escalates.

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The film opens with the bombing of an army barracks in Saudi Arabia.Arabia (the actual 1996 Khobar Towers bombing that killed 19 USAF men and a Saudi civilian). There are multiple casualties and a terrorist cell led by fundamentalist Sheikh Ahmed bin Talal is blamed. The action shifts to New York where a series of terrorist incidents occur, escalating in significance. Initially handled by FBI agents Anthony Hubbard (Washington) and the Arab-American Frank Haddad (Creator/TonyShalhoub). Later, CIA agent Elise Kraft (Bening) gets involved. Later yet, the President declares martial law and the Army's 101st Airborne Division, under Major General William Devereaux (Willis), occupies and seals off Brooklyn in an effort to find the remaining terrorist cells. Devereaux has all young males of Arab descent, regardless of ideological affiliation, rounded up and detained in a makeshift prison camp at Yankee Stadium. This only helps worsen the situation. New Yorkers stage violent demonstrations against the army and the racial profiling of the Arabs. The Army has to fight to maintain control. There are reports of Army killings. Meanwhile, Devereaux starts interrogating suspects by torturing them. In one case to death. The situation further escalates.


* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Devereaux warns his superiors that martial law is a bad idea, but when commanded to do so, he does anything and everything to eliminate the threat.

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* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Devereaux warns his superiors that martial law is a bad idea, but and strongly implies that it will be a terrible thing to do, outright imploring them to not do it. But when commanded to do so, he does anything follows his orders to the utmost, and everything to eliminate all of his predictions about the threat.negative consequences come true.

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** On the other side, a democratically elected government declaring martial law in response to a terrorist incident is exactly what happened in Canada during the October Crisis (thankfully, without much in the way of human rights abuses, though).


* CassandraTruth: General Devereaux himself warns his superiors not to use him or his troops in New York City, as he knows that extremely strict martial law and the extreme force the military requires to carry out its operations would result in human rights violations, if not worse. They [[IgnoredExpert ignore]] his protests and everything goes to Hell.

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* CassandraTruth: General Devereaux himself warns his superiors not to use him or his troops in New York City, [[SlidingDownTheSlipperySlope as he knows that extremely strict martial law and the extreme force the military requires to carry out its operations would result in human rights violations, if not worse.worse]]. They [[IgnoredExpert ignore]] his protests and everything goes to Hell.


* BriefcaseFullOfMoney: A mule comes into the country with $9,980 in small bills, so as to avoid a law stating that any international transport of any amount of cash of $10,000 or greater must be declared in advance. [[LoopholeAbuse Frank adds a single $20 from his wallet so the FBI can grab him anyway.]]

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* BriefcaseFullOfMoney: A mule comes into the country with $9,980 in small bills, so as to avoid a law stating that any international transport of any amount of cash of $10,000 or greater must be declared in advance. [[LoopholeAbuse Frank adds a single $20 from his wallet so the FBI can grab him anyway.]]]][[note]]Note that Frank wouldn't even need to add his own money under the law: any ''obvious'' structuring of monetary transactions to avoid the reporting requirements (which this clearly meets) is grounds for enforcement anyway.[[/note]]


* AluminiumChristmasTrees: The "premonition value" of this film is lowered a bit if you remember that [[OlderThanTheyThink in 1993]], [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramzi_Yousef an al-Qaeda related organization]] already planned to hit New York City several times before attempting to blow up the World Trade Center unsuccessfully.

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* AluminiumChristmasTrees: The "premonition value" of this film is lowered a bit if you remember that [[OlderThanTheyThink in 1993]], [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramzi_Yousef an al-Qaeda related organization]] already planned to hit New York City several times times, before attempting they settled for "just" trying to blow up the World Trade Center unsuccessfully.Center.


* AluminiumChristmasTrees: The "premonition value" of this film is lowered a bit if you remember that [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramzi_Yousef an al-Qaeda related organization]] already planned to hit New York City several times before trying to blow up the World Trade Center unsuccessfully [[OlderThanTheyThink in 1993]].

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* AluminiumChristmasTrees: The "premonition value" of this film is lowered a bit if you remember that [[OlderThanTheyThink in 1993]], [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramzi_Yousef an al-Qaeda related organization]] already planned to hit New York City several times before trying attempting to blow up the World Trade Center unsuccessfully [[OlderThanTheyThink in 1993]]. unsuccessfully.

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