Threads, a shockingly realistic account of global nuclear war and its horrific aftermath. It's a normal Thursday in Sheffield when East. and West stumble into war and Britain is devastated by 200 megatons of nuclear explosive. This chilling film tells the story of a nuclear strike on Britain. Through the eyes of two Sheffield families we witness the immediate after effects of the attack - the shock, grief, radiation sickness, hypothermia and starvation. In the months that follow, hideous injuries remain untreated, looters are shot on sight, food supplies run out and many die in the intense cold of the nuclear winter. Thirteen years on reveals a depopulated Britain living below subsistence level - a devastated economy where money has no value, crops fail through lack of pesticides, no fuel and machinery, and a brutalised post war generation grows up stunted mentally, physically and emotionally.
Gritty and unrelenting realism
- Threads review by TH
If you've always wondered what actually would have happened in the event of a nuclear holocaust in the UK in the early 80s then this is the film you've been waiting for. It was clearly well researched and there is great attention to detail. Some often acting is a bit wooden and the script is pretty pedestrian but the imagery is of its time it is very effective and brings the grim reality of nuclear war to life. Not a great date movie though...
Happily Threads will be seen as a frightening might have been. It tells the story of two ordinary famlies who live in Sheffield and will be united by an impending marriage of their children. However the world is sliding towards a nuclear confrontation over a crisis in the Middle East. There is also an interesting sub ployt about local government and civil defence. Ultimately the modest budget begins to tell in the second half and the film relies heavily on stock footage. It is however an untterly unforgettable chilling experience that once watched will never be forgotten.