Nuclear war in the United States is portrayed in a realistic and believable manner. The story is told through the eyes of a woman who is struggling to take care of her family. The entire movie takes place in a small suburban town outside San Francisco. After the nuclear attack, contact with the outside world is pretty much cut off.
This is one of those films that is very draining to watch, but worth it. It is a slightly more tame approach to the subject matter, but excellently done.
It is often compared with “Threads”, which many people think is too graphic. Regardless, I like both films. I have to say that “Testament” will look more realistic to rural people, who may just die slowly as the characters in this film do, rather than be subjected to the immediate effects of the attack.
Rebecca De Mornay’s appearance in this film, which I only saw after seeing “By Dawn’s Early Light”, makes a connection between these two films. Everyone should see both films at least once, as well. Excellent performances from Rossie Harris and Mako make this film stand out even further.
Having seen “The Day After” now, I prefer “Testament” but find both films excellent.
Director: Lynne Littman
Writers: Carol Amen (based on the story “The Last Testament” by), John Sacret Young (screenplay)
Stars: Jane Alexander, William Devane, Rossie Harris
Country of origin: United States
Filming locations: Sierra Madre, California, USA
Format : Matroska
Format version : Version 4
File size : 2.79 GiB
Duration : 1 h 29 min
Overall bit rate mode : Variable
Overall bit rate : 4 444 kb/s