The Day After | Power Plant Gallery | Screen: Special Showings | Indy Week
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The Day After 

When: Thu., Jan. 11, 6:30 p.m. 2018
Price: free

Once upon a time, a movie saved the world. Perhaps that's an exaggeration, but the record does show that, in 1983, Nicholas Meyer's TV movie The Day After sufficiently unsettled president Ronald Reagan and the joint chiefs of staff (along with an estimated hundred million at-home viewers) enough to nudge them toward the U.S.-Russia nuclear disarmament treaty that went into effect in 1988. Today, when we have a president who seems to think daring North Korea to violently immolate countless Americans and condemn countless more to slow death from nuclear winter and radiation sickness is a fun thing to do on Twitter, it's worth looking back at one of the most traumatic films in history. Depicting the buildup to a nuclear exchange and the horrifying aftermath, The Day After, which is part of a series of screenings related to nuclear war at Power Plant Gallery, is terribly slow and often melodramatic, but it stays in your head big-time. Testament is better at depicting the domestic side of things, and the British film Threads is better with the straight-up horror, but The Day After deserves the most credit—it worked. If only it could work again. —Zack Smith

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