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19th May '18 1:51:04 PM Nick7689
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* YoungerThanSheLooks: After the ten year timeskip, Ruth (who by that point would barely be in her thirties) has aged about forty years. This is due to the years of radiation exposure and the amplified ultra violet rays from the sun causing her to go blind.
18th May '18 12:43:44 PM Nick7689
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[[caption-width-right:300:''"You cannot win a nuclear war!"'']]
16th Apr '18 10:29:59 PM SinNanna
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* AfterTheEnd: The second half of the film documents the first 13 years after the bombs fall. [[CaptainObvious It's not a happy time]].



* ApocalypseAnarchy: Widespread looting occurs in the aftermath of the attack, and all that the government (what's left of it anyway) can do about it is herd people into internment camps and shoot anyone who doesn't cooperate.



* DyingRace: ''Humanity'' after the bombs fall. Even though there are millions of survivors still left, famine, disease, and violence kill millions more. [[spoiler: The film's final scene, of Jane giving birth to a stillborn and mutated baby, implies that birth defects from the radiation will kill off the next generation and spell the end for the human race]].



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* {{EMP}}{{EMP}}: A nuclear detonation over the North Sea knocks out all electricity in Britain before the country itself is hit.


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* PoliceBrutality: The police are shown violently breaking up an anti-war protest early in the film. After the attacks, British military police use tear gas to disperse survivors demanding food and shoot anyone who doesn't run away.


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* ScavengerWorld: The world after the bombs. There appears to be some semblance of agriculture and education, but it's nowhere near enough to make serious progress towards rebuilding society.
13th Nov '17 3:24:29 AM Fireblood
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* EternalEnglish: {{Averted}}. Just 13 years after the attack, English is practically unrecognisable due to the lack of literacy and education. The English the children of the attack survivors speak has become slurred and simplified. The boys who harass [[spoiler:and later rape Ruth's daughter Jane]] can only really say "Gi'sit" (give us it) and "C'mon".

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* EternalEnglish: {{Averted}}. Just 13 years after the attack, English is practically unrecognisable due to the lack of literacy and education. The English the children of the attack survivors speak has become slurred and simplified. The boys who harass [[spoiler:and later rape Ruth's daughter Jane]] Jane can only really say "Gi'sit" (give us it) and "C'mon".
22nd Aug '17 12:50:53 PM CantNotLookAtThisSite
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* AlternateHistory: While the exact year in which the film takes place is (deliberately) left ambiguous, the dates in the film are consistent with 1983, which is around the time the film would have been written, so could infer that the film is set in an alternate 1983 in which a nuclear war took place. [[spoiler:This would set the film's ending somewhere around 1996.]]


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*** The dates are also consistent with 1983, which would also imply that the film is set in a ''very'' believable AlternateHistory.
13th Aug '17 11:17:08 AM CantNotLookAtThisSite
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** The film's narrator also notes that in the initial stages after the bombing, the symptoms of panic and radiation sickness are the same. To illustrate this we are shown Ruth's mother asking her to come and help clean her grandmother, who has soiled herself in fear.
13th Aug '17 10:59:56 AM CantNotLookAtThisSite
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* SoundtrackDissonance: At the opening of the film we hear "Johnny B. Goode" by Chuck Berry, and it reappears near the end (see BookEnds). Needless to say, while at the start of the film it accompanies the imminent creation of a life - it plays right before Jimmy and Ruth conceive their baby - by the end of the film it represents the imminent destruction of all life, signified by [[spoiler:Ruth's daughter Jane giving birth to a deformed, stillborn baby.]]
10th Aug '17 9:15:50 AM CantNotLookAtThisSite
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* EternalEnglish: {{Averted}}. Just 13 years after the attack, English is practically unrecognisable due to the lack of literacy and education. The English the children of the attack survivors speak has become slurred and simplified. The boys who harass [[spoiler:Ruth's daughter Jane]] can only really say "Gi'sit" (give us it) and "C'mon".

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* EternalEnglish: {{Averted}}. Just 13 years after the attack, English is practically unrecognisable due to the lack of literacy and education. The English the children of the attack survivors speak has become slurred and simplified. The boys who harass [[spoiler:Ruth's [[spoiler:and later rape Ruth's daughter Jane]] can only really say "Gi'sit" (give us it) and "C'mon".
10th Aug '17 9:14:01 AM CantNotLookAtThisSite
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** {{Lampshaded}} by Jimmy's parents, who break down into tears as they both admit they could swap places with [[spoiler:their dead son, Michael.]]

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** {{Lampshaded}} by Jimmy's parents, who break down into tears as they both admit they wish they could swap places with [[spoiler:their dead son, Michael.]]
10th Aug '17 9:13:09 AM CantNotLookAtThisSite
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** {{Lampshaded}} by Jimmy's parents, who break down into tears as they both admit they could swap places with [[spoiler:their dead son, Michael.]]
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