The Day After

I had been meaning to watch this for some time, so I watched it over two nights.

And it was better than I was expecting, even though it was television film. The acting was fine with big time names for the day including Jason Robards, John Lithgow, and Steve Guttenburg. The story of the nuclear attack was completely told through TV and radio reports, and the rest of the story followed a few people and families as they happily went about their daily lives without any thoughts of nuclear Armageddon on their minds.

The nuclear explosions came half way through and were pretty crudely done, but I guess that was the best special effects could do in those days. The aftermath was pretty well done though, although the film itself admitted in the end credits that a real nuclear attack would be a whole lot worse.

This film made quite an impact at the time and was even broadcast on Soviet television.

As a film it is only average, but the message about nuclear war is pretty clear and just as relevant today. John Lithgow’s character quoted Einstein in the film with: “I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones”. Very true probably.

Date watched: November 4th
Score: 7/10
Film count 2016: 171


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