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YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!,
This review is from: The Day After [DVD]  (DVD)
A self-conscious cautionary tale of how the next world war could so easily start. At first it seems like the Cuban missile crisis all over again, only Berlin now the setting for Russia-America brinkmanship. This time, however, there is no backing down. Missiles are fired. Armageddon has begun.
The film's opening depicts just another day. In Kansas, there is farming as usual, a packed stadium enjoys baseball, a family excitedly finalizes wedding plans. Suddenly, devastation. The holocaust is graphically depicted, as is the realization most of the survivors will not be for long. Sadly, from then on, the film has reduced impact. The faults are largely with the script and some of the acting. One becomes increasingly conscious of too much hammy uttering of lines that are hollow and over-written. Jason Robards proves the exception - he, as ever, adding substance.
A chilling warning has been delivered, but not as effectively as could have been. This is a pity, for such danger remains - even though Russia is no longer THE enemy.