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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.
The plot twists fall about as weightily as the fake snow.
Deterrence does serve up some wonderfully chewy pulp during its generally engaging 101 minutes, along with a certain vagueness of point-of-view.
A very effective updating of the underrated Cold War thriller Fail-Safe.
One of the pleasures of Deterrence is that it does not tell the audience what to think.
A president wrestles with another Iraq war.
Lurie quickly glazes over one important bit of backstory in the early going, a point that is crucial to understand some motivation.
Taut and intense. Pollak is outstanding.
To it's credit, the film doesn't pull many punches . . .It really gets the message across that when you threaten someone with nukes, you'd better be ready to pull the trigger.
With a strong cast and smart script, Lurie conjures up an engaging scenario with little more than chicken wire and string.
he exciting thing about Deterrence is that *we* are the big scary bad guy who is acting irrationally - and yet the conclusion explains everything.
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]
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