What happens when a person is faced with a simulated order to launch a nuclear strike that could wipe out millions of people, that he doesn't know is not real? What happens when a teenage kid starts plays a game of Global Thermonuclear War with a military computer that doesn't know the difference between game and reality? What happens when the military command believes the computers Thermonuclear simulation to be the real deal?
An interesting movie, that's what happens!
Computers definitely looked different back in the eighties, but despite the differences in appearance and processing power, this is one of few computer-related movies from decades past (that I've seen) that's aged with style. It doesn't feel outdated even if the machines do, and behind the thick blast doors and strategical warfare machinima - with a little comedy romance on the side featuring Matthew Broderick and Ally Sheedy, there's a moral: that a Thermonuclear War is a game where the only winning move is to not play the game. Great watch.
rated 4/5: fo shizzle