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The Day After (1983)
A movie that hits home (literally)
I am a native of Kansas City (KS) and I remember watching this for the first time when I was a kid. There are so many apocalyptic movies made yet so few that attempt to look at the perspective of small-town America. For me, hearing that towns such as Sedalia, Kansas City, Independence, and Lawrence being obliterated, I had nightmares. Maybe someone in Los Angeles didn't have the same feeling but it made me very aware of how easy this could happen. Very thorough movie for being low-budget.
Foundation for a new nation
To me, this movie has two great ideals. 1. It promotes and generates an identity on the world scene for Australia. Today, before Sydney 2000, most people did not recognize the country much at all besides the typical stereotypes. And from my friends who are from Australia, they still feel a lack of identity, as the country struggles to become independent from Great Britain. 2. It is a unique and deep study of war marketing and the realization of it. You have very strategic characters coming from different backgrounds and perspectives and they all seem to realize what war really is and what they were being used for(the sacrifice of Great Britain).
Overall, a moving story as I can bear the slow plot. I know most people cannot. To me, this is kind of similar to The Thin Red Line meaning that you need to watch it a few times to really understand what is going on in the character's heads.