The China Syndrome Reviews
From that point on it becomes truly absorbing to see the events unfold. The reporters push for the story, the cover-up (when you see the car chase scene, which is great, and the car "accident", you realize how deep it has gone, and wonder how did it get to this?), and when Jack's character slowly takes the gun and points it, wow. A truly believable turn of events, every step of the way.
It is visually interesting as well. There's a scene where a tech in a bio-hazard suit checks a radioactive leak. From the beginning, when he opens the door, to when he gets to the leak, I was glued to the screen. I was thinking, in terms of atmosphere, with the industrial sounds and the visuals of the inside of the nuclear plant, this is pure Metal Gear, pure 24. Love that scene. And the end scene, with the dual screens and the one on the left (the truth) gets cut off and we're left with only the hollow, happily ignorant bliss to the right. Perfect.
It got a quite slow start, but it turns very good for the later half. It looks pretty good for it's age and it's still fairly relevant 35 years after it's release. Top acting from Lemmon as well and it got a vibe that shifts from thrilling stuff, political stuff and more dramatic stuff. An actor called John Pancake was in it too. What a name.
6.5 out of 10 Fernet posters.
Even without the message it's an entertaining movie. The only performance that really stands out is Jack Lemmon. He does a good job of looking like a conflicted man that you feel sorry for. It's fun watching him freak out while running around pressing buttons like Dr. Frankenstein in his lab. He's also in a thrilling car chase that's probably the films main highlight.
It's a good movie, but it would have been better if it didn't state what side it's on in such a shameless way. It takes the impact out of the message. After just watching the movie for the first time I'm not afraid of power plants, but I would like to play in the control room. It's a good thing I don't own a nuclear power plant.