Threads (1984)

Threads (1984)

Directed by: Mick Jackson

Starring: Karen Meagher, Reece Dinsdale, David Brierly

I actually really enjoyed this movie. I mean, in a way. It is about how civilization would revert to medieval levels after massive global nuclear war, but it’s really good at delivering it’s message of “we all lose”. I want to show this movie to everyone who thinks that that Fallout games are so cool and they hope it happens so they can be badass pirate murderers or whatever.

The movie starts by focusing on a young couple who discover they have a baby on the way. Meanwhile, the Cold War seems to be heating up, and people start fearing the worst (this all takes place in Britain, by the way). Then the bombs fall. Millions upon millions of people die right off the bat, and they’re truly the lucky ones. We see a montage of horrible destruction intercut with text boiling it down into statistics. Over the years, civilization reverts to near primitive levels, and it’s uncertain whether we, as a whole, are able to retain our humanity through this ordeal.

It’s an extremely effective anti-nuclear war film. Not that anybody these days really needs to be told that nuclear war would be a super shitty thing. But yeah, it’s just very brutally realistic, and the time-skipping thing they do with the second half of the film is pretty interesting. It’s weird that they completely abandon the story they had built up for the first half of the film, but in another way, it makes perfect sense.

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