|Testament (2004) - Used - Dvd|
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Made the same year as The Day After (1983), Testament is the scarier of the two - although The Day After is also an excellent film!
The film tells the story of the aftermath of a nuclear attack. A woman, whose husband is away on business, has to keep her family safe while her small suburban community deals with radiation, isolation and food shortage.
The script is smart and very real, the acting is amazing - Lukas Hass breaks my heart! - there are no special effects since the real story is about the people who survived the attack.
Highly recommended but be warned that you will need a big box of tissues for this one!
I have been searching for this movie on DVD for a few years; already have it in VHS format, but wanted to update my collection.
This movie ranks along with "The Day After" and other movies of this genre made over 20 years ago. Jane Alexander is very believable as the mother that has to remain stable for her 3 children while she copes with the destruction and disorder a nuclear attack would cause. The focus is on one town trying to understand what happened and why it happened while attempting to maintain their daily routines.
For the younger generations that are used to thrilling special effects, this movie might seem a little tame, but for the rest of us it definitely hits home and causes one to wonder if they could hold up under the same circumstances.
This is an excellent movie for fans of world destruction movies like myself.
I've loved Testament ever since I saw it as a child, about 15 years ago. This movie is an eerily accurate portrayal of what could be, of what could happen if nuclear war ever came to the US. We've all seen images, either real, fabricated, or of wreckage, of what happens at the point of direct impact when a nuclear bomb explodes (ie before and after pictures of Hiroshima), but it's easy to forget that it isn't only the people the bomb actually kills/injures at the moment of detonation that suffer. Testament shows that EVERYONE within a large radius suffers the effects of radiation poisoning, and lovingly but accurately shows what happens to a family and small community after the bomb. This movie is not the special effects extravaganza that people expect to see now, but an emotional portrayal of real life- losing children, parents, friends and even your own will to live. Testament is designed to make you think- what would it be like to bury your own children? What would it be like to know that you'll never grow up, fall in love and make love? More simply, what would it be like to live without the modern conveniences we've all become dependent on, such as cars, telephones or electricity? I love Testament for it's brutal honesty, emotional beauty and the wonderful way it was filmed with beautiful lighting and simple, realistic sets. This movie is a must see for anyone willing to think about the world as it could be- and hopefully willing to do their best to make sure it never is that way.
Very Good SAD story of the after effects of a nuclear exchange. Not a direct hit. But slow radiation deaths, and a complete breakdown of the world around us. Should BE MUST Television for every one seaking a VOTE in government. Orginially aired in 1983-84. Back when the nukes were plain old fashion bombs. Now thermo, tactical, suitcase, dirty, nuclear power meltdowns, gamma rays, ozone depletion, 2012.
You can only wish the world would go out in a whimper, like this movie does.
This is required watching for anyone who does not want to just "stick their head in the sand". This movie is told from a different perspective than "The Day After", and in some ways you might consider it better. This movie is centered more on the human condition after a nuclear holocaust. Although I think it is just as gripping. I watched this movie years ago on cable, and decided to add it to my DVD collection, presently it is a little pricey because it is out of production, but careful and patient E-Baying can be rewarding!