Indestructability is a feeling encouraged by Tyler’s high school wrestling coach, who makes the team chant in unison before a meet: ‘I cannot be taken down! I am a new machine.’ And in that moment, Tyler looks like one. He’s popular, handsome — his dyed hair seems inspired by the cover of Frank Ocean’s Blonde. He has bright college prospects, and a girlfriend with whom he’s completely infatuated. The camera is ceaselessly on the move, swirling and panning; charged, as if by Tyler’s own upward trajectory.
The only trouble is Chekhov and his proverbial gun. When a character says early on in a film that they can’t be taken down, you can safely bet they will be.