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YMMV: The Quiet Earth
  • Adaptation Displacement: Justified. The film was released worldwide; the book is difficult to find even in New Zealand and nearly impossible to lay hands on elsewhere.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Two possible explanations for Zac's actions in the ending.
    • 1. Zac realized on his way back to his house that he didn't have time to get the remote control system, because the Depopulation Bomb was going to happen again too early. He took the truck in to try to save Joanne and Api.
    • 2. Zac never intended to get the remote control, and decided to commit suicide by blowing himself up, because he still felt guilty and isolated. He thought Joanne and Api would be better off without him.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The entire score, especially Saturn Rising.
  • Special Effects Failure: It's kind of obvious that there's a matte covering the sky at the end, because you can see the reflection of the actual sun on the water.
    • Also the body of Zac's coworker is pretty obviously a dummy.
  • Unfortunate Implications: The only character who isn't white in the film is rough and violent and obviously has military training, in sharp contrast to the other characters.
    • Zac and Joanne's conversation as they're setting off to look for survivors.
    Zac: We might find all manner of horrors. Politicians... Transvestites...
    • Shortly before this conversation, Zac had gone on a highly destructive rampage while wearing nothing but a woman's slip. YMMV on whether or not this makes it worse.

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