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Brilliant title infers a film with hundreds of possibilities, and they
this one? everyone's into Y2K, it'll be an anagram associated with the year
1999 and let's face it -- it's *&^&^%^%ing spooky, eh? so what do we get? a
half-baked testosterone fest with godawful dialogue poorly acted.
the "movie" bearing those dread three characters Y2K is supposedly about a U.S. missile in South America -- "We had missiles here?" the computer geek of the piece asks. "Duh," respond audiences. -- that gets a little bit kooky when it fritzes in response to 2000. (absolutely every other piece of technology seems to be functioning 100%, however.)
until an ending that takes forever to reach (you won't believe the one character's justification for his actions), we suffer through sheer stupidity.
if apocalypse does come with the calendar's turn, i think the time until then could be better spent in millions of ways.
Why they called this movie Y2K is beyond me! What starts out as promising loses a lot as the movie winds on. The plot and the acting is slightly second rate and I found that by the end the countdown did not engage the viewer. Tying the plot to a Columbian drug lord at the end was just too much. Passable.
Louis Gossett, Jr. is the star of Y2K (aka Terminal Countdown) and he
does a very credible job, as usual. One glaring issue is that his
military camouflage fatigues look gigantic on him. Watching him waddle
around in an outfit that looks like it is about three sizes too large
is distracting sometimes. Jaimz Woolvett plays the Computer Geek, and
he seems to be mugging for the camera in the early scenes. After the
ambush Woolvett's character takes it to a more serious level. Woolvett
is very good in Y2K.
Sarah Chalke plays the role of the Russian Agent, and until she appeared in this film it was not jelling. She is the spice that makes Y2K sizzle. Ed O'Ross is here as the assistant to Louis Gossett' Jr.'s character. O'Ross usually plays evil characters. Not surprisingly, it later turns out that O'Ross betrayed his team. O'Ross and his squad of traitors are all victims of chemical warfare inflicted by Saddam Hussein during the 1991 Gulf War. They want the U.S. Government to put major resources into medical research because they are all dying.
At some point a Columbian Drug Lord and his private army enters the fray. The Drug Lord is played by Ismael Carlo, who does a convincing turn as an immoral and unethical slime ball. Considering how ruthless the Drug Lord's soldiers are, their role as heroes later in the movie is a bit of a letdown. Talk about a mixed message!
The movie has some more twists, and while it is a low-budget movie, all of the cast members give a sincere effort and Y2K delivers some action, some suspense, and it is interesting and pretty good. Malcolm McDowell is in this film too in a very small role. Y2K has a lot of good moments.
The movie was obviously low budget which doesn't bode well for an action flick. However, the motivational premise of the movie surrounding Gulf War vets was unique enough to make this worth watching on a rainy afternoon (or late night). Acting by both Louis Gossett, Jr. and Sarah Chalke were notable. Good job on both parts.
OK how can they do this...
The car chase in this movie is the same car chase from Basic Instinct. I mean I was watching this movie on mute while on the phone and thought I was watching Basic Instinct.
I've watched that movie (basic instinct) a lot so I knew I was right. I had comcast DVR so I re winded and checked it out further. Yup, it's the footage from Basic Instinct. So does Paul V get a residuial check for his footage showing up in another movie?
Hey isn't that stealing or plagerim or something like that? Has anyone seen anything like this before?
How can they get away with something like this?
Y2K has squandered a perfect opportunity to make a good, tense action movie. When a powerful missile activates itself on a countdown for the millenium, the usual rag-tag team are sent to de-activate it. The trailer for this movie looked good, but in the actual film there is hardly any action or violence as expected and the story plods along without creating anything interesting in the dull boring characters. Overall the film is poor and boring. 3/10.
Louis Gossett, Jr., Jamiz Woolvett, Ed O'Ross. People must stop a
computer from launching nuclear bombs.
This is like an odd blend of War Games and Navy Seals, though it works! The performances contributed here are all above par for a movie of this type. One does not typically expect realism from these American GI movies, as most often than not, the budget goes towards effects, high dollar action stars, and location shooting than script, props, or good performances. So imagine my surprise when I came across this little underdog.
Awesome action, with a little humor peppered throughout, and some awesome acts, this actioner walks you through some very suspenseful moments, high action sequences, and beautiful settings.
All in all? It is an enjoyable surprise if you like the military-type actioners. Otherwise, there is no reason to go here, as it's all about military action.
It rates a 7.1/10 from...
the Fiend :.
This movie starts out really exciting. But about half way into the movie it begins to get dull and boring. Sarah Chalke was really good in this movie though. She was the only thing that makes this movie worth watching. She is a great actress and her character made this movie a little more exciting. Without her this movie would be completely dull.
Normally, when a film rates this low, I find other things to like about it.
Namely, its silliness. To say I didn't laugh throughout this film would be
a lie. This movie provides a great many laughs. Its just. . . well, this
is not supposed to be a comedy.
Even so, I enjoyed other awful attempts at seriousness. Examples include Disney's, "Epcot: The Celebration," and Ed Wood's "Plan 9 From Outer Space." The difference with "Y2K" is that they are exploiting real fears. Similar to "Reds," the subject matter is deadly serious. "Reds" ranked a one in my book by candy coating a serious subject, in a ridiculous movie formula. The same goes for "Y2K."
The only thing these films have in common besides their poor rating, is the fact that they highlight fiction. On the one hand the fiction of the great communist movement, and on the other the fiction of the great threat to our times, the year 2000 computer problem. Give me a break on both fronts.
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Very predictable. Myra's Russian accent is really bad.
Vince plans to send the missile into space. Nuclear missiles cannot achieve orbit, let alone escape it.
The Marines did not respond to the attack properly, especially if they were SpecOps guys. Then did not seek cover, they did not pick their targets, they shot while standing without moving, etc.
Where did Thompson's backup crew (the ones guarding the silo while they were re-targeting the missile) come from?
Vince's character yells a lot and is a real sissy until three quarters through when he is willing to die rather than change the target of the missile.
Seward would not have the authority to order an incursion into a foreign country.
Imagery and screens on the silo computers are not at all like 1969 era displays.
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