Special Bulletin Reviews
Yeah, it's a TV movie, so you get some of that classic "The Day After" hokey acting and then-commonplace Cold War paranoia. However, at the same time, you get something like a more realistic and less verbal version of "A Face in the Crowd" and "Network," two of the best abrasive media satires ever made. Not only is this a film about a crack team of radicals and nuclear scientists who try to achieve worldwide nuclear disarmament by threatening all of Charleston, SC with extremely dirty tactics, this film shows how uncaring the media can be at times and how selfish they probably are. And there's some really good human drama in the film.
Also, seeing how this predicted the late-breaking coverage of 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, and the death of bin Laden (mainly because as media proliferates, these events become more and more valuable to cover), I'm willing to consider this one of those few TV movies that transcends from standard mediocrity to one of the most effective films ever made. If there's a film that needs to be reissued (any person will do, but the Criterion could do a decent job), it's this one.
It's also on Google Video, so please watch it.