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19th Nov '16 10:52:50 AM HeliosPhoenix
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* ApatheticCitizens: While the news broadcasts the deteriorating situation in Iran throughout the film, the events are only paid cursory interest by anyone who's not a government official (while there are protests, they're paid little attention to by the populace). Eventually gets deconstructed as the film goes on; the citizens become increasingly aware of how bad things are getting, but still (attempt to) ignore them either because they don't confront the increasing likelihood that the world is about to end, or because they feel powerless to stop it in any case.

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* ApatheticCitizens: While the news broadcasts the deteriorating situation in Iran throughout the film, the events are only paid cursory interest by anyone who's not a government official (while there are protests, they're paid little attention to by the populace). Eventually gets deconstructed as the film goes on; the citizens become increasingly aware of how bad things are getting, but still (attempt to) ignore them either because they don't wish to confront the increasing likelihood that the world is about to end, or because they feel powerless to stop it in any case.
19th Nov '16 10:52:04 AM HeliosPhoenix
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* ApatheticCitizens: While the news broadcasts the deteriorating situation in Iran throughout the film, the events are only paid cursory interest by anyone who's not a government official (while there are protests, they're paid little attention to by the populace). Eventually gets deconstructed as the film goes on; the citizens become increasingly aware of how bad things are getting, but still (attempt to) ignore them either because they don't confront the increasing likelihood that the world is about to end, or because they feel powerless to stop it in any case.
** The latter attitude is summed up in a scene in the pub between Jimmy and Bob. Jimmy expresses his concerns about the situation in Iran, but Bob just brushes them off because there's nothing they can do about it.
19th Nov '16 10:40:35 AM HeliosPhoenix
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** While the exact year is left ambiguous, a quick check of the days and dates in the film places the events in the year 1988 [[spoiler: with the ending taking place around the year 2001]].
9th Oct '16 11:40:25 AM FordPrefect
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* ApocalypseHow: The movie ends somewhere between Planetary Societal Disruption and Societal Collapse (though the film mainly concentrates on its effects on Great Britain). Although the human population of the UK is reduced to medieval levels and the nuclear winter, fallout, and loss of modern infrastructure and industry has made sustaining a viable population extremely difficult, they are able to maintain a handful of more primitive tools and devices. A montage of photos suggests that after about ten years post-war Britain is capable of generating some electricity, and is able to manufacture and maintain steam-era technology. It's hinted that conditions may worsen into a Class 4 (Total Exctinction), due to the effects of nuclear winter.

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* ApocalypseHow: The movie ends somewhere between Planetary Societal Disruption and Societal Collapse (though the film mainly concentrates on its effects on Great Britain). Although the human population of the UK is reduced to medieval levels and the nuclear winter, fallout, and loss of modern infrastructure and industry has made sustaining a viable population extremely difficult, they are able to maintain a handful of more primitive tools and devices. A montage of photos suggests that after about ten years post-war Britain is capable of generating some electricity, and is able to manufacture and maintain steam-era technology. It's hinted that conditions may worsen into a Class 4 (Total Exctinction), Extinction), due to the effects of nuclear winter.



* BystanderSyndrome: Most Britons response to the potential of attack. One character openly says there's nothing they can do about it. An obviously angry protest not far from the Kemps' couple's house is brushed off as "the pubs letting out". They ''know'' that's not the case, but...

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* BystanderSyndrome: Most Britons Britons' response to the potential of attack. One character openly says there's nothing they can do about it. An obviously angry protest not far from the Kemps' couple's house is brushed off as "the pubs letting out". They ''know'' that's not the case, but...
5th Oct '16 12:40:15 PM danixdefcon5
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* TooDumbToLive: The officials who keep on smoking ''while trapped underground''.
17th Sep '16 6:56:28 PM NinjaLore
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See also Literature/SometimeNeverAFableForSupermen, ComicBook/WhenTheWindBlows, and Literature/TheRoad.

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See also Film/TheWarGame, Literature/SometimeNeverAFableForSupermen, ComicBook/WhenTheWindBlows, and Literature/TheRoad.
15th Jul '16 6:34:25 PM SantosLHalper
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* MeatgrinderSurgery: With the hospitals being completely swamped by victims of the nuking, the destruction of the power grid meaning electricity is as nonexistent as the equipment, the doctors are as inept as other bystandering in treating wounds and burns and resort to [[NightmareFuel operating on still-conscious patients- including children.]]

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* MeatgrinderSurgery: With the hospitals being completely swamped by victims of the nuking, the destruction of the power grid meaning electricity is as nonexistent as the equipment, the doctors are as inept as any other bystandering bystander in treating wounds and burns and resort to [[NightmareFuel operating on still-conscious patients- including children.]]
5th Jun '16 10:44:02 PM SantosLHalper
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* MeatgrinderSurgery: With the hospitals being completely swamped by victims of the nuking, the destruction of the power grid meaning electricity is as nonexistent as the equipment, the doctors are as inept as other bystandering in treating wounds and burns and resort to [[NightmareFuel operating on still-conscious patients- including children.]]
8th Apr '16 7:47:30 AM Clare
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--->Ruth? Ruth! Work! Work! Work! Up!

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--->Ruth? Ruth! Work! Work! Work! Work. Work. Work. Up!
8th Apr '16 7:44:58 AM Clare
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** The shot of the woman with the charred baby inverts this trope. The woman in question isn't trying to rouse her baby, but it's clear that she's shell-shocked to the point where she doesn't realise the child is dead.

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** The shot of scene with the woman with and the charred baby inverts this trope. The woman in question isn't trying to rouse her baby, but it's clear that she's shell-shocked to the point where she doesn't realise the child is dead.



** The speech we hear from the post-war children is broken and uneducated; very little effort is spent on trying to educate the new generations. (A few children ''are'' seen watching dodgy recordings of ''[[EducationalShort Words and Pictures]]'' educational videos, and others are getting some sort of vocational training in clothing repair, but that's about as far as it seems to go). This is a doubly tragic occurrence, as the lack of education for future generations suggests that Earth will ''never'' be able to recover on any level. Considering these kids have almost certainly suffered brain damage from early childhood malnutrition, the picture becomes even bleaker. Not to mention all of the kids who likely suffered brain damage because of radiation doses received ''in utero''.
** The English we do hear consists of two boys asking Ruth's daughter for food by saying "Gi's it" over and over again, as well as Ruth's daughter crying out "Babby, coming!" as she goes into labour. The only grammatical English we see anyone trying to speak is a very aged-looking woman reciting the lines from ''Words and Pictures'' off by heart, and the nurse who delivers Jane's stillborn baby.

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** The speech we hear from the post-war children is broken and uneducated; very little effort is spent on trying to educate the new generations. (A few children ''are'' seen watching dodgy recordings of ''[[EducationalShort Words and Pictures]]'' educational videos, and others are getting some sort of vocational training in clothing repair, but that's about as far as it seems to go). This is a doubly tragic occurrence, as the lack of education for future generations suggests that Earth will ''never'' be able to recover on any level. Considering these kids have almost certainly suffered brain damage from early childhood malnutrition, the picture becomes even bleaker. Not to mention all of the kids (including Jane) who likely suffered brain damage because of radiation doses received ''in utero''.
** The English we do hear consists of Jane can barely string two boys asking Ruth's daughter for food by saying "Gi's it" over and over again, as well as Ruth's daughter crying out "Babby, coming!" as she goes into labour. The only grammatical English we see anyone trying words together when she's attempting to speak is a very aged-looking woman reciting to adults. Even with people her own age like Gaz and Spike, she has no real conversational skills; the lines from ''Words and Pictures'' off by heart, and three youngsters do exchange words, but they mostly consist of the nurse who delivers boys demanding a share of Jane's food (and more besides, since one of them is implied to be the father of Jane's stillborn baby.baby). Also, the post-war kids often repeat the same word or phrase over and over, as if they don't know any other way of getting their point across. This is first seen when Jane tries to rouse the dying Ruth:
--->Ruth? Ruth! Work! Work! Work! Up!
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