Twists in the Movie, The Negotiator Essay

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The Negotiator is about a veteran police officer played by Samuel L. Jackson who finds himself with his world turned inside out. He is a heroic hostage negotiator for the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) but, during the course of film his job and life are threatened by a pension scam for which he is set up to take the fall. He enlists the help of an outside police officer, Kevin Spacey, to help him find the real thief. The movie is full of different negotiations and tactics. This paper will analyze different types of conflicts, how trust can be gained and used, different thinking strategies, and biasness of other interested parties from the film.
The first scene is how Jackson cleverly outwits a crazy newly divorced man from a hostage
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Jackson and the SWAT team had an agreement that he was allotted more time to peacefully resolve the crisis. Consequently, Jackson went to a Better Alternative to a Negotiated Agreement (BATNA) of entering the room so the SWAT team would not breach to save the hostage’s life. This was strategic risk to avoid violence while the hostage was still in danger.
Then, a few scenes later Jackson himself becomes the hostage taker due to his job, impending indictment for the pension scam, and the murder of his partner. This is the bulk of the film and it contains numerous tacit negotiations between Jackson and Spacey. Jackson’s aspiration point is to have his name cleared of all wrong doing and be given his career back. He knows that Internal Affairs (IA) is involved and singles out the head of the IA department along with others in the office to take hostage. Now, Jackson begins another hostage negotiation but this time he is the one in charge and giving the demands. One of the demands is to negotiate with an outside police officer, Kevin Spacey, since Jackson knows through deductive reasoning that there are hidden parties that set him up for scamming the police pension fund. He is skeptical of the entire LAPD due to the fact that the few guilty parties will spread a sinister attribution

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