Watched this last night. Man, I had kindof avoided reviews and stuff, and had my hopes high for it.
Haven't been that disappointed in quite awhile. Cliche characters doing cliche things and acting extremely stupid didn't help. The acting was flat out horrible for the first half hour or so, and while I don't consider myself a prude, I also get annoyed when films could have 10-15 minutes chopped simply by eliminating the F-bomb. It's a bit of overkill.
Thankfully the acting got better later on, and dare I say that Milo Ventimiglia and Michael Eklund actually turned in a decent performance as the crazy guys.
If they'd have gone for even a somewhat realistic approach to the scenario, I would have enjoyed it much more. Instead, the characters start acting like morons and self-centered a-holes within 30 seconds and it never lets up.
I wonder where they were going with the military guys in the suits and the kids in the pods. Seems to be a pretty big plot point they just let drop.
and not to harp on a nitpick I didn't enjoy, but....
Originally Posted by Brian Conrad
First flaw and not a spoiler is the opening scene and we all know that looking without eye protection at a nuclear explosion will blind you. A LOT of dramatic license taken there and unfortunately not explained at all in the commentary.
Looking at the initial blast may blind you (probably, but not a certainty), but in the movie, the initial blast isn't shown anyways (it starts with the mushroom cloud already forming). For all the movie shows she could have been facing the other direction or been in the next room during the blast, then wandered over to the window. Just pointing it out, since it's not a flaw at all.