Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Movie review: The China Syndrome

Watched for the 3rd 101 Things in 1001 Days, from the list of 50 movies never nominated for an Academy Award.

A local news reporter (Jane Fonda) and her crew accidentally stumble upon a problem when they're profiling a nuclear reactor as part of a puff piece on local energy providers. Fonda's anti-nuke cameraman (a young and hairy Michael Douglas) steals the film when the station refuses to air it.

Fonda's digging uncovers a cover-up at the nuclear plant and a duped, loyal employee. The power company has a deep-pocketed interest in keeping things under control, and the reporters race against time to get the truth out before the next big accident happens.

In reading up about the movie, I learned about the coincidence that it was released just weeks before an almost identical event happened at Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania. I thought it was okay. Very dated, but interesting enough to keep my attention. We don't hear as much about nuclear power as we used to.

2 comments:

  1. My Pennsylvania sister lives thisclose to Three Mile Island.

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  2. Kwiz, we used to live in Harrisburg. When I first moved there, we discovered in the phone book an evacuation plan in case of a meltdown at Three Mile Island.

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