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The naming of the characters in RD works in the context of a plot to
carry out a well-executed plan. All the details which go into this
plan are negated by the fact that we already know the minute the film
opens that the robbery was a failure. The naming of the characters
highlights the absurdity of their logical plot in a universe which
has already declared them failures.  More than Pelham, 123, RD seems
to have more in common with The Killing--a film in which all the plans
and the plots and the assignment of roles is contradicted by
a reality which does not favor human plans.