The War Game
Directed by Peter Watkins
We finally reach the end of this...mixed streak of films that I have seen, which means I can finally get back to work after I finish this post. I am not going to lie: I might drag this out longer than I have to. That might be difficult since this film is only forty-five minutes, but hey, I'm determined.
This docudrama follows the chain of events that could conceivably happen if the Soviet Union nuked Great Britain. It actually seems real and I never felt like the filmmakers took an implausible leap.
So like I said, this film is only forty five minutes but of course, it makes you think for a lot longer than that. I know most people are against nuclear weapons (in fact the only time I spoke in my high school history class when I was protesting the attack on Japan; I was one of those weird kids that sat in the corner and never said anything). I think most Americans just think it was what we had to do to end the war and it was a tragedy, but one that could have been avoided if the Japanese had heeded our warnings. I, on the other hand, still panic every once in awhile that America will get a taste of its own medicine and have been obsessively following what is going on in Iran.
Anyway, it's a great film that really makes you think and one that should be required viewing in high school.
Won an Oscar for Best Documentary even though it is fictional.