Monday, April 28, 2008

Testament (1983) PG - 3½ Stars

I bet when this movie first came out, it was probably pretty scary to most people watching it. This movie is set in one tiny neighborhood that deals with the emotional wake-up call of post nuclear fallout.

The Wetherly's are a happy family of five living in the small town of Hamlin, California. Dad, Tom (William Devane), has to go away for work out of town for the evening. His wife Carol (Jane Alexander) is home with the children. Mary Liz (Roxana Zal) is the star pianist of the family, Brad (Ross Harris) trying his best to follow in dads footsteps, and the youngest Scottie (Lukas Haas) who wants to be a rat in the school's upcoming play. The television broadcast is interrupted with a news special that nuclear bombs have been detonated all over the East Coast. A few minutes later, the sky lights up with a blinding white light and Carol huddles the children to the floor warning not to look at the light.

A calm panic fills the town as the neighbors meet at one house to discuss what they do next. Carol makes time to keep a journal to occupy her mind while she waits for word on her husband. The town is cut off from the outside world and must do their best to stay calm and alive. But as the days become weeks and the weeks become months, the radiation fallout is claiming its victims in large numbers. Eventually they must adjust to face the inevitable.

Paramount Pictures
Director: Lynne Littman
Writer: John Sacret Young
Producer: Jonathan Bernstein, Lynne Littman
I viewed 4/08

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