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* NightmareSequence: Downplayed. We are treated a flashback scene, showing the car accident, a very mundane even. Then the scene cuts to Rea waking up and crying - it's the dream she keeps having ever since the accident, time after time.

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* NightmareSequence: Downplayed. We are treated a flashback scene, showing the car accident, a very mundane even.event. Then the scene cuts to Rea waking up and crying - it's the dream she keeps having ever since the accident, time after time.

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* NightmareSequence: Downplayed. We are treated a flashback scene, showing the car accident, a very mundane even. Then the scene cuts to Rea waking up and crying - it's the dream she keeps having ever since the accident, time after time.

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* RelationshipSalvagingDisaster: You've got a better one than [[spoiler: fighting for your life against a psychopath]]?


* TheCaptain: ''Captain'' John Ingram, a career navy officer, is spending vacations with his wife on their yacht, helping her recover after a car accident and loss of their son. His skills as a seaman are important more than once.

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* TheCaptain: ''Captain'' John Ingram, a career navy officer, is spending vacations his vacation with his wife on their yacht, helping her recover after a car accident and loss of their son. His skills as a seaman are important more than once.



** The box containing [[spoiler: double barrel shotgun]] in...

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** The box containing a [[spoiler: double barrel shotgun]] in...shotgun]]...



** ... and [[spoiler: Ben's fetching ball]]
** There is a radar on ''Saracen''

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** ... and [[spoiler: Ben's fetching ball]]
ball]].
** There is a radar on ''Saracen''''Saracen''.



* DeadSparks: Considerably toned down when compared with the source novel (where the voyage was a last-ditch attempt by John to save his marriage). But still Ingrams' marriage is falling apart after the loss of their son and Rae is clinically depressed and distanced from John, despite his best effort to support and help her. [[spoiler: By the end of both the book and the movie their marriage is in much better shape, after going through hell to save each other]].

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* DeadSparks: Considerably toned down when compared with the source novel (where the voyage was a last-ditch attempt by John to save his marriage). But still the Ingrams' marriage is is still falling apart after the loss of their son and Rae is clinically depressed and distanced from John, despite his best effort efforts to support and help her. [[spoiler: By the end of both the book and the movie their marriage is in much better shape, after going through hell to save each other]].



* DistractedByTheSexy: [[spoiler: Eventually Rae starts to play along Hughie's behaviour, ultimately buying his trust by having sex with him and lowering his guard completely]].
* DistressedDude: [[spoiler: After learning in just how bad shape ''Orpheus'' is, John can only slow down the schooner sinking, but won't be able to help his wife in any way. Instead, he ends up saved by her]].

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* DistractedByTheSexy: [[spoiler: Eventually Rae starts to play along with Hughie's behaviour, ultimately buying his trust by having sex with him and lowering his guard completely]].
* DistressedDude: [[spoiler: After learning in just how bad a shape ''Orpheus'' is, John can only slow down the schooner sinking, but won't be able to help his wife in any way. Instead, he ends up saved by her]].



* DrowningPit: [[spoiler: When a storm starts outside, a piece of ''Orpheus''' mast falls and blocks the doors of the engine room, trapping John inside, with water level steadily rising despite his best effort to pump it out. He's forced to improvise a snorkel to not drown]].
* EvidenceDungeon: John investigates the boat Hughie came from and finds five bodies and [[spoiler: a video that suggests Hughie murdered everyone. Unusual for the trope, Hughie actually tried to destroy the evidence, damaging his boat in an attempt to scuttle it, then overpowering Rae and sailing off, leaving John to die]].

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* DrowningPit: [[spoiler: When a storm starts outside, a piece of ''Orpheus''' mast falls and blocks the doors of the engine room, trapping John inside, with the water level steadily rising despite his best effort to pump it out. He's forced to improvise a snorkel to not drown]].
* EvidenceDungeon: John investigates the boat Hughie came from and finds five bodies and [[spoiler: a video that suggests Hughie murdered everyone. Unusual for the trope, Hughie actually tried to destroy the evidence, damaging his the boat in an attempt to scuttle it, then overpowering Rae and sailing off, leaving John to die]].



* ForWantOfANail: Should John listen to Rae and just ignore the black schooner on the horizon, the plot wouldn't happen. [[spoiler: And then his formalist nature as a navy officer makes him investigate the ship...]].
* TheGreatRepair: Subverted. John tries to fix [[spoiler:Hughie's boat so he can give chase to his own (or at least so it remains floating long enough that he can be rescued), but the thing is too damaged and he ends up having to get on a life raft and set it on fire so he'll be seen by someone (who, thankfully, ends up happening to be his wife coming back for him after subduing Hughie)]].

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* ForWantOfANail: Should If John listen had listened to Rae and just ignore ignored the black schooner on the horizon, the plot wouldn't happen. [[spoiler: And then his formalist nature as a navy officer makes him investigate the ship...]].
* TheGreatRepair: Subverted. John tries to fix [[spoiler:Hughie's boat so he can give chase to his own (or at least so it remains floating long enough that he can be rescued), but the thing is too damaged and he ends up having to get on a life raft and set it on fire so he'll be seen by someone (who, thankfully, ends up happening happens to be his wife coming back for him after subduing Hughie)]].



* TheLawOfConservationOfDetail: The opening sequence, which starts mounting tension right from the first minute. Navy personnel goes home for Christmas. Sam Neill's character disembarks the train and is awaiting for someone. Then he gets impatient, because nobody shows up at the railway station. Then two police officers spot him in the crowd, check their notebook and [[BearerOfBadNews slowly start walking toward him]]. The camera cuts to John sitting in the back of a police car, visibly stunned. Only then we learn what happened.

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* TheLawOfConservationOfDetail: The opening sequence, which starts mounting tension right from the first minute. Navy personnel goes are going home for Christmas. Sam Neill's character disembarks the train and is awaiting clearly waiting for someone. Then he gets impatient, because nobody someone; when no one shows up at the railway station.up, he starts getting impatient. Then two police officers spot him in the crowd, check their notebook and [[BearerOfBadNews slowly start walking toward him]]. The camera cuts to John sitting in the back of a police car, visibly stunned. Only then do we learn what happened.



* MinimalistCast: A married couple. A psycho.

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* MinimalistCast: A married couple. A couple, and a psycho.



* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: [[spoiler: Ingrams rescued apparently the only person not dead from food poisoning in the middle of the ocean... and he's a killer, who first chance given steals their yacht, maroons John and takes Rae hostage]].

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* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: [[spoiler: The Ingrams rescued rescue apparently the only person not dead from food poisoning in the middle of the ocean... and he's a killer, who first chance given steals their yacht, maroons John and takes Rae hostage]].



* PsychopathicManchild: Hughie acts in most immature fashion imaginable, absolutely unable to evaluate his actions in any way. [[spoiler: He ''killed five people'' in a fit of anger. Then, after he leaves John stranded and has Rae as his hostage, he scolds here for killing the mood with her anger or desire to rescue John]]. Combined with [[Creator/BillyZane Zane's]] performance it creates a chilling effect of just how unhinged his character is.
* ReedSnorkel: [[spoiler: When the door to the engine room gets blocked by a broken piece of a mast and ''Orpheus'' takes water too fast to pump it out, John saves himself by using a pipe leading above water level]].

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* PsychopathicManchild: Hughie acts in inthe most immature fashion imaginable, absolutely unable to evaluate his actions in any way. [[spoiler: He ''killed five people'' in a fit of anger. Then, after he leaves John stranded and has Rae as his hostage, he scolds here her for killing the mood with her anger or desire to rescue John]]. Combined with [[Creator/BillyZane Zane's]] performance it creates a chilling effect of just how unhinged his character is.
* ReedSnorkel: [[spoiler: When the door to the engine room gets blocked by a broken piece of a mast and ''Orpheus'' takes on water too fast to pump it out, John saves himself by using a pipe leading above water level]].



* SoleSurvivor: Hughie Warriner is the survivor of a photography cruise which he claims ended with everyone else dying of food poisoning. [[spoiler: Turns out he murdered everyone in a fit]].
* SurvivorGuilt: Not only Ingram's son died in a car accident, but Rae is toiling under the fact she came out of it mostly unscratched and she was the driver, constantly getting back to the moment and blaming herself.
* ThouShaltNotKill: [[spoiler: Despite having every single reason to do so, Rae never tries to kill - at least not directly - her kidnapper]].

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* SoleSurvivor: Hughie Warriner is the only survivor of a photography cruise which he claims ended with everyone else dying of food poisoning. [[spoiler: Turns out he murdered everyone in a fit]].
* SurvivorGuilt: Not only Ingram's did the Ingrams' son died die in a car accident, but Rae is toiling under the fact she came out of it mostly almost unscratched - and worse, she was the driver, driver - constantly getting back to the moment and blaming herself.
* ThouShaltNotKill: [[spoiler: Despite having every single reason to do so, Rae never tries to kill - at least not directly - her kidnapper]].



* TookALevelInBadass: Rae starts the story as a complete wreck and basically being a DamselInDistress. [[spoiler: By the end of the film she subdues Hughie, sails her way for John, rescues him and most likely finally starts to accept the loss of her son in an accident]].
* TranquilFury: [[spoiler: After all the suffering and finally managing to best Hughie, Rae tells him with straight face that she ''will'' kill him if he makes a single move]].

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* TookALevelInBadass: Rae starts the story as a complete wreck and basically being a DamselInDistress. [[spoiler: By the end of the film she subdues Hughie, sails her way for John, rescues him and most likely finally starts to accept the loss of her son in an accident]].
* TranquilFury: [[spoiler: After all the suffering and finally managing to best Hughie, Rae tells him with a straight face that she ''will'' kill him if he makes a single move]].


* MayDecemberRomance: There's a twenty year age difference between Rae and John.

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* MayDecemberRomance: There's a twenty year age difference between Rae and John.


* LostInTransmission: [[spoiler: John manages to fix the radio from ''Orpheus''. He immediately tries to contact Rae, she calls back... and it turns out his mic is broken, making the conversation one-sided. Interestingly, John uses SoundEffectBleep to communicate with his wife anyway, while she asks yes[=/=]no questions]].

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* LostInTransmission: [[spoiler: John manages to fix the radio from ''Orpheus''. He immediately tries to contact Rae, she calls back... and it turns out his mic is broken, making the conversation one-sided. Interestingly, John uses SoundEffectBleep the sound made by turning on and off the mic to communicate with his wife anyway, while she asks yes[=/=]no questions]].


Reeling from their infant son's death in a car accident, Australian couple John (Neill) and Rae (Kidman) Ingram take a vacation in their yacht. Becalmed in the Pacific, they find a drifting boat that appears to be taking on water. A man, Hughie Warriner (Zane) rows out to them, claiming the crew died of food poisoning and the vessel is sinking. John, a Royal Australian Navy officer, is suspicious of Hughie's story and rows out to investigate the stricken boat while Hughie sleeps, but Hughie awakes before John can return and sails off, taking Rae hostage.

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Reeling from their infant son's death in a car accident, Australian couple John (Neill) and Rae (Kidman) Ingram take a vacation in their yacht. Becalmed in the Pacific, they find a drifting boat that appears to be taking on water. A man, Hughie Warriner (Zane) rows out to them, claiming the crew died of food poisoning and the vessel is sinking. John, a Royal Australian Navy officer, is suspicious of Hughie's story and rows out to investigate the stricken boat while Hughie sleeps, but Hughie awakes before John can return and sails off, taking Rae hostage.
hostage and leaving John stranded.


* CruelAndUnusualDeath: [[spoiler: Hughie catches a signal rocket with ''his mouth'', until the rocket burns through his skull. And few scenes before that, Rae basically stranded him in the middle of open ocean in a tiny raft]].

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* CruelAndUnusualDeath: [[spoiler: Hughie catches a signal rocket with ''his mouth'', until the rocket burns through his skull. And few scenes before that, Rae basically stranded him in the middle of open ocean in a tiny raft]].raft. Shooting him in the head with the speargun would have probably been more merciful in comparison]].


* DeadSparks: Considerably toned down when compared with the source novel (where the voyage was a last-ditch attempt by John to save his marriage). But still Ingrams' marriage is falling apart after the loss of their son and Rae is clinically depressed and distanced from John, despite his best effort to support and help her. [[spoiler: By the end of both the book and the movie their marriage is in much better shape, after going throug hell to save each other]].

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* DeadSparks: Considerably toned down when compared with the source novel (where the voyage was a last-ditch attempt by John to save his marriage). But still Ingrams' marriage is falling apart after the loss of their son and Rae is clinically depressed and distanced from John, despite his best effort to support and help her. [[spoiler: By the end of both the book and the movie their marriage is in much better shape, after going throug through hell to save each other]].other]].
* DeathOfAChild: The couple is taking a vacation to recover from the death of their infant son, and Rae accidentally [[spoiler: kills her dog while trying to kill Hughie]].


* MayDecemberRomance: While their exact ages are never given, John is much older than Rae (Nicole Kidman turned twenty during production; Sam Neill was 42).

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* DramaticIrony: Both Rae and John have their moment. Acting with their best intentions in mind, they kick-start a chain of events leading to a tragedy. Rae tried to fasten Danny's seatbelt, causing an accident and killing the boy in it, while John [[spoiler: went to inspect marooned ''Orpheus'']].

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* DriverFacesPassenger: With a bit of SelfFulfillingProphecy. Rae turned back to fasten Danny's seatbelt, so he would be safe in case of accident. Because she turned to him, she lost control of the car, had an accident and the boy died in it. Should she ignore the belt, nothing bad would probably happen.


* PeekABooCorpse: When John is investigating the flooded belowdecks of the ''Orpheus'', a body floats by, suddenly and without warning.



* SlippingAMickey: [[spoiler: A hefty dose of antidepressants is thrown into Hughie's lemonade. He's hesistant to drink it, but gulps it down after Rae takes a sip herself]].

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* SlippingAMickey: [[spoiler: A hefty dose of antidepressants is thrown into Hughie's lemonade. He's hesistant hesitant to drink it, but gulps it down after Rae takes a sip herself]].

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