Fuming over the departure of his wife Vivian and the cutting of his research funding, crazy nuclear scientist Rogers Henry constructs Medusa, a thermonuclear bomb capable of generating a ... See full summary »

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Scott Nash
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Dr. Linda McCoy
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Jerry Carnel
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Dean Cooper
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Fuming over the departure of his wife Vivian and the cutting of his research funding, crazy nuclear scientist Rogers Henry constructs Medusa, a thermonuclear bomb capable of generating a continent-sized electro-magnetic pulse; such EMP could effectively destroy a computer-based society. He dupes Vivian into bringing it to the Pentagon to exact his final revenge on the government, rigging it so it will explode before its count-down if Vivian's pacemaker isn't within fifteen feet of it. Medusa arms itself in the air aboard Scott Nash's 737 cargo plane, and with Hurricane Sigrid about to hit the coast, nobody wants to let them land. Based on the novel by John J. Nance. Written by Jeff Cross <blackjac_1998@yahoo.com>

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An underwater nuclear explosion would not cause an electromagnetic pulse (EMP). EMP occurs when the pressure wave from a high-altitude blast forces molecules in the upper atmosphere previously charged with electricity to discharge it. An underwater burst would also not produce a fireball above the surface but instead would produce an enormous cloud of water vapor. See more »

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The fans of action movies will love this one
21 June 2005 | by (Tessenderlo, Belgium) – See all my reviews

I'm still wondering what made me decide to watch this movie. Just by reading the title, I already had my doubts about the fact whether this would a movie for me or not. But on the other hand, I've also been surprised by several movies that I believed to be awful and that actually were very good. Anyway, I kept an open mind towards it and gave it a try, hoping for the best ... which never really came.

Because he is still furious about the fact that his wife Vivian has left him and because the government has stopped the project he was working on, the crazy nuclear scientist Rogers Henry has been working on a gruesome plan to take revenge on everyone who he hates. He has continued the development of Medusa, a thermonuclear bomb capable of generating a continent-sized electro-magnetic pulse, capable of effectively destroying a computer-based society like the USA. He asks Vivian to accompany a transport with a 'prototype' of the bomb to the Pentagon. In reality it's a full working bomb, that will detonate in the middle of the Pentagon and that has been rigged so it will explode before its count-down if Vivian's pacemaker isn't within fifteen feet of it. But the crew of the airplane has discovered the horrible plan in time and the entire situation gives them only two options: either they try to cope with the situation themselves, either they die together with the bomb. All they know for sure is that they will have to save as many people as possible...

If you are a fan of the average action movie, than I'm sure that you'll love it, no doubt about that. But when you are, like me for instance, not such a fan of these movies, than you'll find it quite annoying. Annoying, not only because the acting isn't worth all that much, but also because the story is far from original and to be honest very unbelievable. And to make things worse: It uses about every possible cliché a movie in this genre can have. A mad scientist; the foolish military leaders who will do everything to get the bomb, even if that means that many people will die; an honest president;... You'll not be spared of any of them.

I know that there are many people who like this movie and that's fine by me. As I already said, if you are a fan action movies: watch and enjoy, you'll love it. But when you aren't all that keen on action movies, than I suggest you leave it alone and try to find something else. I should have picked the second option, although I must admit that it wasn't even the worst I've ever seen. I give this movie a 5.5/10.


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