The movie hinges on the main characters played by Michael Douglas, Jane Fonda, and Jack Lemmon. They give it their all, and the dramatic events feel genuinely compelling. It's understandably a product of its time, with advancements in nuclear energy making the situation portrayed in the movie more sensationalistic than realistic given current technology. However, the film remains totally worth seeing.
If atomic paranoia films of the 50s relied on giant ants and incredible shrinking men to strike fear into the hearts of ordinary civilians, the 70s and 80s brought things closer to home with tales of homegrown disaster and a nuclear energy cabal which would do anything to protect its investments. Released just a few weeks before the Three Mile Island accident (and four years after Alabama's Browns Ferry incident) this movie struck a chord with audiences still grappling with the reality of nuclear power plants springing up all over an energy-starved America. Beautifully acted with tight editing and cinematography that makes great use of TV cameras and behind-the-scenes politicking, this is one of the better examples of the genre.
This is the best movie I have ever seen!
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