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  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: It’s a great movie but at the same time it leaves a lot people feeling like they just got punched in the gut considering how dark and depressing the storyline is and because the “victim” in this case planned the whole thing and got off scot-free with murder.
  • He Really Can Act: Edward Norton all the way, in his feature film debut no less!
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Here, Edward Norton fakes a split personality. In Fight Club, he really does have a split personality.
    • When asked what Aaron looks like, Martin replies "like a boyscout". Norton later goes on to playing the Scout Master to the Khaki Scouts in Moonrise Kingdom
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  • It Was His Sled: "There never was an Aaron, counselor."
  • Moment of Awesome: You have to give credit to Roy for managing to construct a "nice guy" persona and masterfully trick people into thinking that one is the real personality for years.
    • Similarly, Martin Vail gets one for Spotting the Thread, as Aaron slipped up and mentioned the prosecutor's neck - when he was supposed to have "lost time" during his attack on her, and Martin immediately connected the dots, to the point that he gets some Villain Respect for spotting it that quickly.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Shaughnessy is played by John Maloney (Frasier's dad). Bud Yancy is played by Terry O'Quinn (Locke).

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