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* TheLoad: Connor has a habit of wandering off on his own, which gets him into trouble near the end of the film.


* AdultFear: Conor stuck behind the grating

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* AdultFear: Conor stuck behind the gratinggrating.



* BuryYourGays: [[spoiler:Subverted; despite preparing to commit suicide just before the wave hits (he's despondent over the end of his relationship), Richard is one of the final survivors.]]

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* BuryYourGays: [[spoiler:Subverted; despite [[spoiler:Averted. Despite preparing to commit suicide just before the wave hits (he's despondent over the end of his relationship), Richard is one of the final survivors.]]



* CruelAndUnusualDeath: [[spoiler:The helpful and friendly Valentin suffers an absolutely horrific, completely undeserved death -- after the table they are using to cross an elevator shaft collapses, he is left clinging to Richard's leg while Dylan and Robert attempt to pull both of them up, to no avail. Realizing the elevator is about to give way, Dylan orders Richard to shake Valentin off or they will both die. Valentin falls and is impaled on a piece of metal at the bottom, then crushed by the falling elevator, which explodes, setting the entire elevator shaft on fire.]]

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* CruelAndUnusualDeath: [[spoiler:The helpful and friendly and helpful Valentin suffers an absolutely horrific, completely undeserved death -- after the table they are using to cross an elevator shaft collapses, he is left clinging to Richard's leg while Dylan and Robert attempt to pull both of them up, to no avail. Realizing the elevator is about to give way, Dylan orders Richard to shake Valentin off or they will both die. Valentin falls and is impaled on a piece of metal at the bottom, then crushed by the falling elevator, which explodes, setting the entire elevator shaft on fire.]]



* KillEmAll: [[spoiler:All but six people onboard the ship perish.]]


* An equally nefarious example is [[spoiler: Elena's death. Just after surviving a series of back-to-back near-drowning encounters, a stray wire traps Elena underwater behind the group right as she's on the cusp of freedom. She subsequently panics, suffers blunt-force trauma on a piece of shrapnel, drowns, and is unable to be revived.]]

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* ** An equally nefarious example is [[spoiler: Elena's death. Just after surviving a series of back-to-back near-drowning encounters, a stray wire traps Elena underwater behind the group group, right as she's on the cusp of freedom. She subsequently panics, suffers blunt-force trauma on a piece of shrapnel, drowns, and is unable to be revived.]]

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* An equally nefarious example is [[spoiler: Elena's death. Just after surviving a series of back-to-back near-drowning encounters, a stray wire traps Elena underwater behind the group right as she's on the cusp of freedom. She subsequently panics, suffers blunt-force trauma on a piece of shrapnel, drowns, and is unable to be revived.]]


* BookEnds: The movie opens with a spectacular shot of the magnificent ship in all its glory. It ends with a thoroughly haunting, chilling shot (the ominous music really doesn't help) of the now ruined ship turning back over before finally sinking for good.



* InterruptedSuicide: Richard is preparing to leap to his death from the deck of the ship when he sees the wave coming and retreats back inside.



* StraightGay: Richard. Not until he reveals to his friends that "''he''" met someone else" do we get any indication that he's homosexual.

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* StraightGay: Richard. Not until he reveals to his friends that "''he''" "'''''he''''' met someone else" do we get any indication that he's homosexual.

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* NobodyOver50IsGay: Averted with Richard. The actor was in his late 50s during production, and his white hair clearly shows that he's the oldest member of the party.


* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler: Lucky Larry. He completely ostracizes Robert in front of the others before he takes his turn to cross the fallen elevator track, and is crushed underneath an ''entire falling engine''.]]

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* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler: Lucky Larry. He completely ostracizes Robert in front of the others before he takes his turn to cross the fallen elevator track, and is crushed underneath an ''entire falling engine''.]]]] Sure enough, once the group recovers from the shock of what just happened, they move on without a second thought.



* BuryYourGays: Subverted; despite preparing to commit suicide just before the wave hits (he's despondent over the end of his relationship), the lone gay character, played by Richard Dreyfuss, is one of the final survivors.

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* BuryYourGays: Subverted; [[spoiler:Subverted; despite preparing to commit suicide just before the wave hits (he's despondent over the end of his relationship), the lone gay character, played by Richard Dreyfuss, is one of the final survivors.]]



* CoolClearWater: Let's not even get started on how disgusting and murky that water inside the ship should be, having filtered through rooms and rooms full of god-knows-what.

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* CoolClearWater: Let's not even get started on how disgusting and murky that water inside the ship should be, having filtered through rooms and rooms full of god-knows-what.God-knows-what.



* CruelAndUnusualDeath: [[spoiler:As below, the entire ship during and after its capsizing. Valentin is a standout, though - ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice, then an ''elevator'' drops on him.]]

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* CruelAndUnusualDeath: [[spoiler:As below, [[spoiler:The helpful and friendly Valentin suffers an absolutely horrific, completely undeserved death -- after the table they are using to cross an elevator shaft collapses, he is left clinging to Richard's leg while Dylan and Robert attempt to pull both of them up, to no avail. Realizing the elevator is about to give way, Dylan orders Richard to shake Valentin off or they will both die. Valentin falls and is impaled on a piece of metal at the bottom, then crushed by the falling elevator, which explodes, setting the entire ship during and after its capsizing. Valentin is a standout, though - ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice, then an ''elevator'' drops elevator shaft on him.fire.]]



-->[[spoiler:'''Valentin''']]: "I got this, you go."

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-->[[spoiler:'''Valentin''']]: "I got this, you go."this."
-->[[spoiler:'''Lucky Larry''']]: "You don't just get the nickname [[spoiler:Lucky Larry! You gotta be lucky]]!"



* HaveIMentionedIAmGay: The lone gay character announces his breakup with another man.
* HeroicBSOD: Dylan, when he realizes the ship's tiliting the other way than he thought it was.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Robert]]

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* HaveIMentionedIAmGay: The lone only reason we know Richard is gay character announces is because he tells his friends about his breakup with another man.
* HeroicBSOD: Dylan, when he realizes the ship's tiliting tilting the other way than he thought it was.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Robert]][[spoiler:Robert]] drowns while attempting to shut off the ship's propellers, but he does manage to reverse the engines, creating suction and allowing the others to jam them instead.



* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: [[spoiler: Valentin]]
* InfantImmortality: Subverted. Connor survives, of course. But he couldn't possibly have been the only child on the ship.
* {{Irony}}: Early in the film there is a depressed old man who wants to kill himself. [[spoiler: Guess who is one of the six survivors at the end...]]
* KillEmAll: [[spoiler: Averted. There are ''are'' six survivors out of a manifest of ''thousands'' - but pay no mind to all the deaths, some of the protagonists survived!]]

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* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: [[spoiler: Valentin]]
Valentin]], in a particularly gruesome example.
* InfantImmortality: Subverted. [[spoiler:While Connor survives, of course. But he couldn't possibly have been the only child on the ship.
ship.]]
* {{Irony}}: Early in the film there Richard is a depressed old man who over a recent breakup and contemplates suicide before seeing the wave and deciding he wants to kill himself. live. [[spoiler: Guess who is one of the six survivors at the end...]]
end?]]
* {{Jerkass}}: Lucky Larry is an obnoxious asshole who antagonizes Robert at the most inopportune time, including throwing his wife's death in his face.
* KillEmAll: [[spoiler: Averted. There are ''are'' [[spoiler:All but six survivors out of a manifest of ''thousands'' - but pay no mind to all people onboard the deaths, some of the protagonists survived!]] ship perish.]]



* SacrificialLion: [[spoiler:Robert.]]

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* SacrificialLion: [[spoiler:Robert.]][[spoiler:Robert]] is the last to die and performs a HeroicSacrifice to guarantee the others a shot at escaping.



* SoftWater: When they leap off the side of the ship.

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* SoftWater: When they the survivors leap off the side of the ship.ship at the end.


* {{ChekhovsGun}}: When the ship turns over, a lone little life raft pops to the surface as testiment to the completeness of the disaster. When the survivors make it out of the ship, that lone life raft is there, waiting for them to wait in until help arrives.

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* {{ChekhovsGun}}: ChekhovsGun: When the ship turns over, a lone little life raft pops to the surface as testiment to the completeness of the disaster. When the survivors make it out of the ship, that lone life raft is there, waiting for them to wait in until help arrives.

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* {{ChekhovsGun}}: When the ship turns over, a lone little life raft pops to the surface as testiment to the completeness of the disaster. When the survivors make it out of the ship, that lone life raft is there, waiting for them to wait in until help arrives.


* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Everyone else gets thoroughly soaked several times before Emmy Rossum's hair ''finally'' stays matted down like it should. After that, everyone's a mess.

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* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Everyone else gets thoroughly soaked several times before Emmy Rossum's Creator/EmmyRossum's hair ''finally'' stays matted down like it should. After that, everyone's a mess.

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** Heck, at least the Titanic had an estimated 700 survivors (out of 2,224 onboard people). Assuming Poseidon has, and is carrying, the near-maximum amount of crew and passengers that its visual basis, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RMS_Queen_Mary_2 the Queen Mary II]], that means the Poseidon is possibly carrying 3800+ people, [[spoiler: with a total survivor count of ''SIX''.]]

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* RisingWaterRisingTension: As if the survivors didn't have enough to deal with already.


Starring Creator/KurtRussell, Josh Lucas and Richard Dreyfuss, the film was nominated for an UsefulNotes/AcademyAward for visual effects (lost to ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanDeadMansChest'', though), and was mentioned in the Guiness Book of World Records for having the most detailed CGI model - the ship.

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Starring Creator/KurtRussell, Josh Lucas and Richard Dreyfuss, Creator/RichardDreyfuss, the film was nominated for an UsefulNotes/AcademyAward for visual effects (lost to ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanDeadMansChest'', though), and was mentioned in the Guiness Book of World Records for having the most detailed CGI model - the ship.


* InfantImmortality: Subverted. Connor survives, of course. But he couldn't possibly have been the only child on the ship.



* ShoutOut: The eerie shot of the ship sinking beneath the waves, disappearing into the gloomy depths of the ocean, is very similar to the final shot of the ''Andrea Gail'' in ''Film/ThePerfectStorm''

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* ShoutOut: The eerie shot of the ship sinking beneath the waves, disappearing into the gloomy depths of the ocean, is very similar to the final shot of the ''Andrea Gail'' in ''Film/ThePerfectStorm''''Film/ThePerfectStorm''. Understandable, as the films share a director.

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