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MOVIE REVIEW | On the Beach (1959)

In a nutshell, Bored & Dangerous says: “It’s an anti-nuke message that never tries to be subtle about it.”

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“The war started when people accepted the idiotic principle that peace could be maintained by arranging to defend themselves with weapons they couldn’t possibly use without committing suicide.”

Last year, the internet lost its mind because we reached the date that Marty McFly travels to in Back the Future Part II.  While the online obsession was a little bit much, it did make me realise something; I like movies set in the future, where that future has now come and gone.  It’s fascinating to see just how wrong pretty much every single one gets it.  For example, in the 2015 of Back to the Future Part II, there are flying cars, but modern communication still includes dot matrix fax machines.  I didn’t know I was in for a future-that-never-eventuated movie with On the Beach, but I’m happy that’s what I got.

After a third World War in the 50s, the entire northern hemisphere has been decimated by nuclear fallout.  With radiation making the top half of the world unlivable, the last remnants of civilization have found their way to Melbourne, Australia.  It’s now the mid 60s, and after assuming there is no life north of the equator, a Morse code message is picked up, coming from California. (more…)