Film Reviews, Short Review

The War Game (1965)


Peter Watkins’ The War Game, made in 1965 and banned from television viewing on the BBC for 20 years, is a more horrifying film than most horrors. Though the film is less than 50 minutes long, it uses every minute to brilliant effect in an attempt to predict what would happen to Britain in the event of a nuclear attack. Severe radiation poisoning, mental trauma, societal breakdown, and many dead bodies paint a terrifying picture of the potential destruction wreaked by nuclear war, and the  grainy documentary-style staging of such events combined with the lack of music ensures that the coldness of such a future is put across with full force.


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