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Doomwatch (1987)





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Based on the BBC television series, this sci-fi film follows the investigation of a scientist (George Sanders) when he is sent to discover the cause behind the deformities of the residents of a small island. When the scientist discovers that illegal radioactive pollutants are responsible, he must struggle to bring the company at fault to justice. ~ Iotis Erlewine, Rovimore
Rating: PG
Genre: Horror, Mystery & Suspense, Classics, Science Fiction & Fantasy
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On DVD: Mar 29, 2005
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Ian Bannen
as Dr. Del Shaw
Judy Geeson
as Victoria Brown
Percy Herbert
as Hartwell
Geoffrey Keen
as Sir Henry Leyton
Simon Oates
as Dr. Ridge
John Paul
as Dr. Quist
George Woodbridge
as Ferry Skipper
George Sanders
as The Admiral
Paddy Ryan
as Grandfather Murray
James Mellor
as First Man
Pam St. Clement
as Young Woman
Katherine Parr
as Middle-Aged Woman
Jean Trend
as Dr. Fay Chantry
Jerome Willis
as Lieutenant Commander...
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Doomwatch, a government agency tasked to monitor threats to the environment, sends Dr. Del Shaw(Ian Bannen) to a remote island to look into a recent oil spill. He finds the villagers little help in his inquiries as the only person who is willing to talk to him is Victoria(Judy Geeson), the young schoolteacher who has been there all of two years. Despite this, he discovers enough to continue his investigation past the first day. It's a good thing, too, because that's when the body turns up under a watchful eye.

Created by Gerry Davis and Kit Pedler, "Doomwatch" is a decidedly uneven thriller with a good mystery. There are some very suspenseful moments but the movie gets sidetracked when it focuses too much on the scientists and away from the island. Overall, I applaud the movie for its subtlety in not revealing too much at first. This kind of approach never goes out of style while the movie's warning concerning the environment and against ignorance are still as necessary as when the movie was made which can also be seen as something of a tragedy, I suppose.

Walter M.

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