Number of Times Seen – 1 (3 Jun 2015)
Brief Synopsis – After accidentally answer a pay phone, a young man is informed that the world will end shortly due to a nuclear attack. He now has to figure out if it’s real or a hoax.
My Take on it – Mutant from Cinema Parrot Disco recommended this movie to me thinking it might redeem me from hating her last two recommendations 🙂
Well I gotta say that it sorta did because the other two were terrible and this was somewhat enjoyable.
This is 80’s cheese at its best.
The 80’s music is great as is the hair and wardrobe. The dialogue is also complete 80’s cheese.
The plot tho isn’t so amazing, but it truly is an interesting idea and knowing that this script was considered as a Twilight Zone movie says so much about where they intended to go with this. The potential for an idea like this is there, but despite best efforts, it doesn’t reach it the way we would all hope it would.
Anthony Edwards and Mare Winningham are both good here, but they have to work with what they have.
The rest of the cast were complete unknowns at the times, but it’s fun that it’s easy to recognize some of them now.
This is a movie meant solely for people who love to watch cheesy 80’s movies. I’m still on the fence as to how much I liked this but I think once it completely settles in my mind, I’ll have favorable memories of this. (I already think this is better now than when I watched it close to 48 hours ago)
Thanks again Mutant for giving me the chance to see this. Now you have to recommend something else that will top this one. We only had where to rise up from my opinion of the last two 🙂
Bottom Line – 80’s cheese done properly. The plot is pretty mediocre and there was so much potential here that feels wasted. Edwards and Winningham do a pretty good job, but you have to love the 80’s to fully appreciate the music, the clothes, the hairstyles and the obvious cheesyness of it all. Great to see so many future known actors with bit parts in this. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The script was considered for Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983) before Steven Spielberg was brought in on that project. The film would have consisted of only this story (instead of the four segments it eventually became) and would have had a slightly different ending with a Twilight Zone twist. Steve De Jarnatt did not like the change in the ending and the idea was eventually scrapped. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy
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