Testament
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Director Lynne Littman has created an effective, understated portrayal of the cost of a nuclear war in human terms, in a film as far removed from the fake hyperbole of action and disaster movies as the natural world is from cartoons. Set in the small California town of Hamlin, the Wetherly family and their everyday concerns open the story. The trivia that fills their secure, ordinary existence disappears when a TV show is interrupted with the announcement that nuclear bombs have exploded in the major cities on the East Coast, and then the entire scene is erased in an increasingly white, blank… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The film is barely competent, revealing its TV-movie roots in uncertain directorial guidance, technical flubs, [and] a patchwork script."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"The film's emotional impact is draining and long lasting without showing close-ups of the initial blast with evaporating bodies and mass destruction."
‑ John A. Nesbit, ToxicUniverse.com
"Testament's power comes in all the understatements..."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"Powerful depiction of the psychological terror that grips a California community after New York and other cities in the East are destroyed by nuclear bombs."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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