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--> "Zac Hobson, July 5th. One: there has been a malfunction in Project Flashlight with devastating results. Two: it seems I am the only person left on Earth."

''The Quiet Earth'' was a film created in New Zealand and directed by Geoff Murphy, starring Bruno Lawrence as a scientist who awakens in a hotel room to find himself [[LastOfHisKind the last man on Earth.]] The film was originally based on a novel by Craig Harrison, but bears very little resemblance to the novel's plot. While the film was marketed as a film about the last man in the world, [[TrailersAlwaysSpoil the trailers did a good job of spoiling that particular plot point.]]


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!!The film contains examples of the following tropes:

* AlienSky. The final shot (see the image).
* TheAloner: All of the protagonists qualify, at some point or another.
** AloneInACrowd: Turns into this for Zac, when the other two begin to grow closer to each other and exclude him (at least from his point of view.)
* ApocalypseHow: Very close to a Class 4, although a very tiny fraction of humans and other beasts manage to survive; vegetation is left largely untouched. [[spoiler: Since the extinction event is apparently a cyclical event that will happen over and over again, eventually the world will be completely empty, making it a theoretical Class 5 after enough repetitions.]]
* BigFancyHouse: Zac lives in one for a while, once he realizes it's time to "move up in the world."
* BookEnds: The film begins with a slow shot of a sunrise. The film ends with, well, [[spoiler: a planetrise - yeah, that enormous ringed world on the cover finally makes its appearance in the film's closing shot.]]
* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler: Zac uses a remote-control system to control a lawnmower at one point in the film. At the end, he suggests using it to deliver a truck full of explosives to a site. Ultimately subverted, however; Zac ends up delivering the payload himself.]]
* ConflictBall: Api's apparently holding this when he tells Joanne why he and his best mate had been fighting. The way he phrases it seems to be meant only to cause a conflict between himself and Joanne and prompt a fight that Zac unwittingly is pulled into. If he'd told the whole truth, all of that could've been avoided.
* CoverDrop: [[spoiler: The picture on the front of the box? It's not just artwork; it's the ending of the film. Whether or not this spoils the ending is up to the viewer - the scene really has no bearing on the plot.]]
* CosyCatastrophe: At first Zac has a relatively easy time coping with the end of the world - drinking champagne in a huge mansion, filled with paintings and other finery that he collected himself.
* DepopulationBomb: The entire premise of the film.
* DespairEventHorizon: Crossed by Zac early on, and in a big way. [[ItGotBetter He gets better,]] at least temporarily, but it's a close thing.
--> Zac: I've been condemned to live.
* DrivenToSuicide: Subverted after Zac's rampage, when he attempts to [[AteHisGun eat his shotgun]] but doesn't go through with it, and instead manages to pull himself together.
** [[spoiler: Played straight later in the film, when we learn that the only reason Zac is still alive is because he never expected to wake up in that hotel.]]
** [[spoiler: Played straight again by Zac's attempt at a HeroicSacrifice in the ending. But he fails, and is left alone. Again.]]
* GainaxEnding: See AlienSky. Beautiful shot, but what the hell's going on? What happened to Joanne and Api?
* GoMadFromTheIsolation: Zac. [[spoiler: Which makes the ending a true FridgeHorror, since he's not only no longer isolated from other people but from his own ''planet'' and possibly ''dimension''.]]
* GoodTimesMontage: Zac gets one early on, as he enjoys all of the pleasures that the empty world has to offer, including playing with both train sets and ''real trains'' and driving a new car through a shopping mall, and decorating a mansion with as many pieces of fine and expensive art that he can find. It gets worse, though, as the emptiness of it all [[spoiler: and his own guilt over causing it]] starts getting to him.
* InsaneEqualsViolent: Zac's rampage once he snaps involves him threatening a life-sized crucifix with a shotgun as he rails at God, then destroying buildings with construction vehicles.
%%* TheLastManHeardAKnock
* LoveTriangle: Between Api, Joanne and Zac. They ''are'' the only known people left on Earth, so it's not surprising.
* MaleFrontalNudity: Zac in the beginning [[spoiler: while committing suicide, something the audience doesn't learn til later in the film.]]
* MinimalistCast: The credits list a whopping six actors for the entire movie. Half of those only appear in brief flashbacks or recordings.
* MyGreatestFailure: [[spoiler: Zac feels responsible for the results of Project Flashlight, because he didn't challenge data that he felt was incomplete and chose to [[DrivenToSuicide try to kill himself]] instead. It's unclear whether or not he could have made a difference if he had spoken up. Still, he spends much of the second half of the film trying to track the effect and find a way to prevent a second one.]]
* NakedApron: When Joanne serves Zac in the hotel.
* NewEraSpeech: A passionate and teary example is made by Zac Hobson - resplendent in his chemise - from the balcony of his new mansion to an audience of cardboard cutouts and a combined background music/applause track.
* NoNameGiven: Only Zac Hobson is given a surname. There are a handful of other named characters (Joanne and Api, as well as a corpse named Perrin that Zac holds a brief, one-sided conversation with) whose last names are never given in the film.
* PlayingAgainstType: Bruno Lawrence was known for playing working-class roughs; he does a good job as a quiet, introverted, tormented scientist, but it isn't a role he would've been expected to play.
* RageAgainstTheHeavens: Zac bursts into a church screaming, "If you don't come out, I'll shoot the kid!" The kid being a life-sized crucifix.
** And he ''does'' shoot the kid, and after destroying a malfunctioning organ that keeps playing notes as he stands there, he declares that [[GodIsDead he has ''killed'' God]] and [[AGodAmI taken his place.]]
* RedHerring: [[spoiler: The film sets up for a similar plot to ''The World, the Flesh and the Devil'' (in which two men fight over the affections of the last living woman), but the romance between Joanne and Api is allowed unabated.]]
* ResetButton: [[spoiler: Zac does his HeroicSacrifice thinking there's a chance everything will be returned to normal and the population restored from whatever dimension they might or might not have been sent to. The film never says [[GainaxEnding whether it worked or not.]]]]
* SanitySlippage: The first third of the film shows Zac's slow descent into madness.
* SceneryPorn: The countryside is almost a character in itself.
** SceneryGorn: There are quite a few scenes of the destruction that would be caused by the disappearance of mankind as well, including an airplane crash.
* SocietyMarchesOn: In the early 80's, Australians were having a lot of issues with the United States, which is why the US is the BigBad responsible for everything that happens in the film.
* SoleSurvivingScientist: Zac Hobson, a scientist who was working on Project Flashlight. A malfunction caused almost everyone on Earth to simply disappear. He goes a little crazy in the first part of the movie, but after meeting two other survivors he tries to destroy the laboratory where the experiment took place so it can't happen again.
* SurvivorsGuilt: Zac gets this in spades. Api and Joanne as well, although not nearly as much.
* TokenMinority: Considering the film's premise, Api may well be the only Maori (or non-white person ''period'', for that matter) left in the world.
* TitleDrop: During Zac's crazed speech at the cutouts of political figures.
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