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½ November 16, 2017
An Interesting story from a forgotten story angle
½ May 30, 2014
Enestående tv-film, udformet som en direkte nyhedsudsendelse, om et terrorist-angreb, der muligvis inkluderer atomvåben, på en mindre amerikansk by. Skræmmende (omend måske lidt mindre aktuel i dag, end da den blev lavet), autentisk, ubehagelig, spændende ekstremt vellavet og velspillet.
September 27, 2012
Saw when it was broadcast. Damn good! Want to buy a copy.
½ August 26, 2011
...I'm still in utter shock at how powerful this movie actually is.

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.
January 7, 2011
A 1980's TV movie done as a newscast about terrorists threatening to blow up Charleston, SC with a nuke that is as much about the role the media plays in events as it is about the possibility of nuclear terrorism. The realistic setting keeps you watching, and the ending (which i won't spoil) is heart wrenching and terrifying at the same time.
August 1, 2008
Unbelievably powerful film shot as live, up-to-the-minute news broadcast about a terrorist threat to destroy Charleston, S.C. with a nuclear bomb. Tense, moving, devastating. Slightly dated but just as strong.
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