This Is Not a Test (2008)





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Writer/producer/director Chris Angel examines the paranoia of life in the age of terrorism with this drama about a Los Angeles man who attempts to prepare for the worst after becoming convinced that his city has been targeted for a nuclear attack. Carl (Hill Harper) and Vivian Ashby (Robinne Lee) are a young couple just getting started in life. They're attempting to conceive a child, and as Carl spends his days mentoring inner-city teens, Viv goes to work for a progressive candidate for city council. Their ideal life is shattered when Carl begins experiencing a recurring dream in which he fails to save Viv after terrorists set off a nuclear bomb in the city. Upon seeing a news report alerting citizens to a heightened terrorist threat in Los Angeles, Carl finally decides to conquer his fears by becoming more proactive. It's during a seminar hosted by terrorism expert Robert Forte (Eddie Cahill) that Carl first encounters comedian Tom Arnold (playing himself). Arnold, too, is concerned about nuclear terrorism, and hires Carl to design a fallout shelter for his Malibu home. When Carl decides to build his own fallout shelter, Viv begins to think that his paranoia has finally gotten the best of him, and refers him to one of her co-workers, LAPD officer Rick Smyth (Gordon Currie). But Rick has an ulterior motive in talking to Carl, and purposefully gives him bad advice in hopes of driving he and Viv further apart. Though Carl hatches a plan to sidestep the disaster by moving to Canada, Viv's candidate wins the election and refuses to leave Los Angeles. Later, when Carl arrives at Santa Monica Airport determined to get out of the city while he still can, the civil defense warning system goes off, forcing him to decide between making a quick escape, or venturing back into the city to be with the woman he loves.
R (for some language)
Comedy , Drama
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David Ackert
as Dr. Fred Natanz
Tom Arnold
as Himself
Gordon Currie
as Rick Smyth
Eddie Cahill
as Robert Forte

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Hill Harper(CSI: New York) plays a man obsessed with Terrorist attacks so he builds a bomb shelter in his basement along the way he befriends Tom Arnold who plays himself who is also afriad of attacks...I guess this was suppose to be a comedy-drama..but it wasn't very funny nor dramatic just dull

Michael Anthony
Michael Anthony

This is Not a Test is quite the odd duck -- writer/director Christopher Angel blends tart romantic comedy, political satire and self-referential, neurotic surrealism to middling effect.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

This is an extremely entertaining movie. I really enjoy it. It is an independent film that is definitely better than a lot of the unoriginal junk that comes out traditional/predictable Hollywood. Hill Harper is awesome in this. He is both funny and scary all at once. Tom Arnold is hilarious as "himself". I laughed out loud though most of the film. It also gets you thinking about just how prepared people are for the unexpected. I really wish Hollywood would make more films like this. Just awesome.

Theron James
Theron James

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