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1[[quoteright:300:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/berh8f4r2t78fowwpve02xarexo.png]]˛˛''Malevolent'' is a 2002 thriller film.˛˛Detective Jack Lucas (Creator/LouDiamondPhillips) is under investigation by his superiors for a job-related shooting when a young man he doesn't know starts stalking him and framing Jack for murder. Jack has to find the malevolent stranger to clear his name.˛˛----˛!!This film provides examples of:˛˛* FreudianExcuse: An aspiring serial killer starts stalking a police officer (Lou Diamond Philips) and tries to [[FrameUp frame him for several murders]], as well as following a stripper while pretending to be her ex-husband. The cop eventually figures out his identity and realizes that he's one of his father's former patients looking for revenge, a brilliant kid from a wealthy family who was committed after an extremely messed up youth. Specifically, his mother (a b-movie actress and pin-up model) carried on an [[ParentalIncest incestuous relationship with her son]] before they were found out by her husband, who then killed his wife and himself in a MurderSuicide.˛* ParentalIncest: The killer's backstory involves a sexually abusive mother who was also the TrophyWife to a wealthy businessman. In addition, she was rumored to have been in a relationship with her own father.˛* RevengeByProxy: The AxCrazy bad guy has a grudge against a psychiatrist who tried to put him away. He takes revenge by murdering the man's wife and stalking his grown-up son, an L.A.P.D. cop (Lou Diamond Philips) who initially has no idea who this guy attempting to ruin his life even is.˛* ShootTheHostageTaker: The movie culminates in the cop protagonist (Lou Diamond Philips) shooting the psycho rich kid who is obsessed with him between the eyes when the latter tries to escape with a hostage after a lengthy car chase.˛* StalkerWithACrush: Oliver has been stalking a stripper named Jessica, even pretending to be her ex-boyfriend. This proves to be a vital clue to tracking him down. His obsession with Detective Jack Lucas also has some homo-erotic undertones.˛* StockFootage: It is padded with stock footage from ''Film/TheCorruptor'' and ''Film/MarkedForDeath'' for two car chases near the beginning and end of the movie. This is especially obvious because Creator/LouDiamondPhillips is replaced behind the wheel with Creator/StevenSeagal at one point. It's like some exec saw the script and said it needed more action beats, because they're largely out of place with the rest of the film, which is a straightforward crime thriller.˛----

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