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  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: There are hardly any Hope Spots in this film.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Luke, whose erratic behavior is contrasted with his genuine desire to be a better man.
  • Just Eat Gilligan: Everything could have been avoided had Romina been a little more upfront towards Jason concerning Luke.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Any sympathy for Luke is lost when he strikes Romina's husband Kofi with a wrench, and later putting a gun in Robin's mouth and subjecting him to some fairly sadistic psychological torture.
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  • Narm: Luke holding up the bank would be way more intimidating if it weren’t for Ryan Gosling’s voice constantly cracking as he’s threatening everyone inside.
  • The Scrappy: AJ (and Emory Cohen's performance) is despised for his Jerkass behavior and arrogant attitude. Cohen's apparent Marlon Brando impression doesn't help.

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