Critical Assembly (2002)

TV Movie  |   |  Action, Drama, Thriller  |  12 July 2003 (USA)
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Two college students (Heigl and Smith) build a nuclear device, which is stolen by a fellow student. When it ends up in the hands of a terrorist, they work with an FBI agent (Beach) in a race against time.



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Credited cast:
Aizy Hayward
Bobby Damon
Allan Marshall
Roger 'Stoop' Stupak
Christopher Kennedy ...
Major Matt Crowl
Female FBI Agent
FBI Agent Mark
FBI Agent Winston
Cam Cronin ...
Terrorist Husband
Kim Howey ...
Terrorist Wife
Customs Inspector
Professor Miller
India the Pretty Activist
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dax Belanger ...
Tammy Bentz ...
Bag Lady


Two politically concerned students (Heigl and Smith) build a nuclear device to illustrate the need for a change in national priorities. But when they're betrayed by a fellow student and the bomb ends up in the hands of a terrorist, they have to work with the government in a race against time to prevent the destruction of the San Francisco Bay area. Written by KLange

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Release Date:

12 July 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ground Zero  »

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The film is a television thriller originally titled "Ground Zero" and scheduled to be broadcast in the fall of 2001. It was based on the bestselling James Mills novel The Seventh Power. The story centers around two students who build a nuclear device to illustrate the need for a change in national priorities; the device ends up in the hands of a terrorist following betrayal by a fellow student. After the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, however, the film was shelved when its plot was considered inappropriate. "Ground Zero" was deemed too direct of a reference to the name by which the World Trade Center site would become known and the film re-emerged in 2003 under the title "Critical Assembly". See more »

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well made
13 July 2003 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I thought the movie was well made, and I liked the the way the characters (most of them) were portrayed.

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