After the death of the President, his successor is on the campaign trail to be re-elected. On a stop in Colorado, he is suddenly snowed in and he and his entourage are forced to take shelter in a small diner. Of course, the group completely take over from the diner's owner and his French-Canadian waitress. Also in the diner is a local redneck and a married couple. Suddenly, the movie moves into a suspense film as the President learns that Iraq has invaded Kuwait and slaughtered hundreds of American soldiers. Setting up temporary communications, the President announces that he will launch a nuclear attack on Iraq immediately if the country does not withdraw. Iraq reacts that they have 23 nuclear missiles trained on the US that they are ready to launch. Tensions mount with the involved civilians offering a different viewpoint to the President from the normal opinions of his advisers.Written by
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Rod Lurie came up with the film's idea after spending a lot of time watching CNN at home while writing a few other scripts. When he saw that there had been serious crises involving both Iraq and North Korea that happened some time from each other and both nearly resulted in war, he thought it was a good basis for a film about how multiple same time international crises could lead to impossible choices for a U.S. President. See more »
There are ships visible at the base of the mushroom cloud that is supposed to be at Bahgdad. See more »
Excellent, thinking person's movie. Not for the weak-minded.
I must admit I had to see the film twice to appreciate all the detail that was included. This is one man's vision, Rod Lurie, since he wrote, directed and produced the film and the more that I watch it, the more I appreciate what was done. The problem with this type of film is that most people will not be able to give it the attention it deserves.
I can't complain about the casting or the acting, since the actors stayed true to the vision of the film. The story is riveting and full of surprises and with a fine touch of comic relief. The most interesting thing for me about the film is that it's completely relevant for today (2002), which is when I discovered it.
Don't watch this with your significant other when you want to snuggle. It's disturbing, engrossing and most definitely provocative.
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