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  • The most likely explanation is that Lara knew all of her appeals had been denied, and she was resigned to the fact that she was going to spend the rest of her life in prison. She wanted John to move on with his life, and by admitting to the murder, she hoped he would stop defending her innocence. One other theory may be that Lara was just actually "testing" her husband. She wanted to be sure that John believed her innocence at the point of not taking seriously even her "confession". This could explain her reaction to his words later at the phone visit. Edit

  • He's keeping a countdown. Pennington told him that the city center will be locked down in 15 minutes after reporting Lara's escape, and the interstates, secondary roads, airports, and train and bus stations will be locked down in 35 minutes. Consequently, John is keeping a tight watch on his time to make sure he gets out of Pittsburgh in time. Edit

  • There is no limit to the amount of money (cash, traveler's checks, money orders, etc.) you can carry on a U.S. airline. However, if you transport more than $10,000 in monetary instruments into or out of the United States, you must file a Customs Form 4790 with U.S. Customs. Since paper money is not very dense and won't show up on x-ray, there are several possibilities: (1) they split the money between them and hid it in their carry-on bags, (2) they simply didn't declare it, (3) John previously converted the cash into something like traveler's checks or $1,000 bills (to reduce the volume), or (4) John mailed a check or money order to himself at the address where he would be staying in Caracas. Given the meticulousness with which he planned the escape, it's unlikely that he would attempt to carry an entire gym bag filled with money on a flight to Venezuela. Edit

  • When Lara demands that they take their little son Luke (Ty Simpkins) with them, John agrees to pick him up at the zoo. However, this puts him behind his time line, and they're not going to make it out of Pittsburgh. When he hears on the radio that traffic is backed up at the toll booths, that they have closed the train stations, and knowing that the police will be looking for a couple with a child, John gets the idea of going to the train station and offering a ride to an elderly couple who are stranded. They head for Buffalo, New York, easily passing through the toll check. From there, they go to the airport, slipping through the gate just before their photos appear on the list of people to stop. Meanwhile, the police have confiscated John's trash and are looking for clues as to where he might be headed. They find a ripped up photo of a presidential palace in Haiti and order the flight to Haiti stopped. The plane is searched, but they're not on it. That's because John left that photo to misguide the police. However, John's dad (Brian Dennehy) knows exactly where they're going, having seen the airline tickets to Caracas, Venezuela. He opens an atlas, locates Caracas, and smiles. Detective Quinn (Jason Beghe) returns to the parking garage to look for further clues. In a flashback, it's shown how Lara's boss was hit with a fire extinguisher by a junkie (Alissa Sullivan Haggis), who then ran into Lara, snapping off a button and leaving a blood spot on Lara's back as she tried to get away. Lara then picks up the fire extinguisher (which has rolled next to her car), sets it up against the wall, and drives away, unaware that her boss is lying on the ground. Unfortunately, Lara is seen by a coworker. Quinn notices that it's starting to rain and follows the stream of water to the gutter. He lifts the grating and searches for a button but finds nothing. As he sets the grating back in place, a button falls out of a niche, but he doesn't notice it. Back in Caracas, John and Lara are staying in a small hotel room. Lara climbs into bed with Luke and, for the first time, Luke kisses her. In the final scene, John takes a picture of Luke and Lara together. Edit

  • No. The flashback at the end of the movie reinforces Lara's story, where it shows her bumping into the actual murderer before entering the parking garage. You can see the button that was torn off when she bumped into her in the sewer, confirming these events. Edit

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