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as Iraqi Ambassador
as Taylor Woods
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The film begins and ends with footage of FDR intoning "I hate war," something the film takes two interminable hours to say.
The talk grows tired while the tension, alas, barely grows at all. And the ending is a cheat, pure and simple.
Deterrence does serve up some wonderfully chewy pulp during its generally engaging 101 minutes, along with a certain vagueness of point-of-view.
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I really REALLY like this one. The premise is simple, in a snowed in diner in the middle of Colorado the president gets stuck on the way to an air force base. The possibility of nuclear war ensues.
[font=Century Gothic][color=darkslategray] "Deterrence" is a movie set in the year 2008 during the Colorado presidential primary. During which, the presidential party is stranded in a diner in the middle of a blizzard. At which point, there is a news alert about Iraq invading Kuwait. "Deterrence" is a throwback to cold war thrillers such as Fail-Safe. Now, this movie is undeniably tense throughout(led by a fine performance with Kevin Pollak as the President) but the ending is a copout. [/color][/font]
[font=Century Gothic][color=#2f4f4f] The movie has a larger problem which is that this movie was made in 1999 and the world has changed immensely since then. So, it's impossible to imagine Uday Hussein leading an invasion of Kuwait and Saudi Arabia now, much less breathing. In fact, it's hard to imagine Iraq presenting this much of a threat now, and not taking terrorism into question.[/color][/font]
This is one of the most poorly conceived, poorly written, badly acted "political thrillers" ever. I am appalled that such fine actors as Kevin Pollack and Timothy Hutton would even be ATTACHED to this piece of garbage.
From moment one, nothing that takes place in the film could or would ever have actually taken place. Never in a million years would civilians be allowed to "hang out" near the President of the United States while he is waging war via satellite. TWO secret service officers enter the place and don't 1) take the cell phones and 2) the PROPRIETER'S GUN away from the civilians during this world-threatening incident? CIVILIANS just throw their personal opinions around to political officials who LISTEN AND ARE SWAYED BY THEIR IDEAS!?
Total crap. Rent "The West Wing."
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