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A chilling and moving drama of what might have been.,
This review is from: Fail Safe [DVD] (DVD)
...And what may even yet come to be. The protagonists may have changed in this post cold-war era, but the scenario remains even more plausible now than before, given the number of nations now able to wield Nuclear Weapons.
The film is set at the height of the cold war, at a time when our dependence on computers was just beginning. A hardware failure automatically sends out an order for a squadron of bombers, headed by Clooney, to nuke Moscow. An order that cannot be rescinded. What ensues is a harrowing drama as military and leaders on both sides come to terms with what is unfolding and their attempts to contain the escallation.
This was an impulse buy, and revealed itself to be one of the finest films I've ever seen. Really. The fact that it was broadcast and recorded live adds hugely to the realism and tension. The acting is superb, as is the script. The mood generated by the monochrome filming is entirely appropriate.
If you only buy one DVD this year, buy this one. It's really that good.