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Laramie Movie Scope: Reactor

The worst movie I've ever seen

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by Robert Roten, Film Critic
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March 1, 1993 -- If you've ever wondered what an ``F'' movie looks like, you can see for yourself. I rented one the other day from the local video store. It was called ``Reactor.'' Bear in mind that I love science fiction and this is a science fiction movie.

``Reactor'' has no stars and few actors. The special effects and photography incredibly bad. The editing is lousy. In one seen, the cameraman almost knocks the camera over and the error wasn't edited out. The characters show no emotion. They mumble their lines in some foreign language and it is dubbed over in English.

There is no plot continuity from one scene to another. There's no science in the science fiction. In one scene, a character says the reactor will go out of control and into a ``chain reaction.'' A chain reaction is how a reactor gets its power, stupid. The word you were looking for is ``meltdown,'' that's when the reactor loses its coolant.

I demanded my money back, but would have settled for an exchange and got neither. This particular Blockbuster store refused to give me my money back or allow me to substitute another video. As long as the video plays properly in a VCR, you have to pay for them, no matter how lousy the art.

I would suggest getting rid of ``Reactor'' and replacing it with ``Forbidden Planet,'' a vastly superior film, which is not carried in the video store.

For those of you who think critics don't know what they are talking about, here is your chance to find out. If you are one of those people who say, ``if the critics don't like it, it must be good,'' then rent ``Reactor,'' and knock yourself out. This video rates an F. It's a bomb.

Click here for links to places to buy this movie in video and/or DVD format, the soundtrack, books, even used videos, games and lots of other stuff. I suggest you shop at least two of these places before buying anything. Prices seem to vary continuously. For more information on this film, click on this link to The Internet Movie Database. Type in the name of the movie in the search box and press enter. You will be able to find background information on the film, the actors, and links to much more information.

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