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Testament back to product details

Realistic and moving
written by textheavy February 24, 2006 - 3:01 PM PST
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
I thought that "The Day After" was a horrifying and accurate depiction of the effects of nuclear weapons on a population, but "Testament," while devoid of any action, special effects or physical conflict, is much more devestating to watch.

While both were made for television, Testament was deemed powerful enough to be released as a feature film, and aside from the made-for-TV quality of the cinematography--and the casting of William Devane--it delivers on powerful (but never graphic) images that made me glad I'd not seen this film as a teen in the 80s (when I had an irrational fear of nuclear war).

The story moves slowly, focusing on the two months following a nuclear attack. At first the major consideration of the town is security and supplies. But it's not long before radiation poisoning begins claiming lives.

Aside from the brief amusement at seeing Rebecca De Mornay and Kevin Costner cast as a young, married couple, this movie spiralled slowly and inexorably into a bleak place, emphasizing the insanity of using weapons of mass destruction on populations anywhere.


(Average 7.59)
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