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Critical Mass

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Prepare for nail-biting, heroic action when a dangerous terrorist group takes a nuclear facility hostage, determined to set off a meltdown the size of Chernobyl - throughout Southern California. Only one man, security agent Mike Jeffers, has what it takes to thwart the operation and divert the deadly attack.

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  • Actors: Treat Williams, Lori Loughlin, Udo Kier, Blake Clark, Jack Betts
  • Directors: Fred Olen Ray
  • Writers: Sean McGinly
  • Producers: Alan B. Bursteen, Alison Semenza, Jim Wynorski, Kimberly A. Ray
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Live / Artisan
  • DVD Release Date: January 21, 2003
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 1.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007G1TZ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #211,722 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Critical Mass" on IMDb

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Risa Reif on January 4, 2005
Format: DVD
I saw the preview to this and I saw clips of Terminator 2 and Universal Soldier in it. I told myself "that footage can't possibly be in the movie". I had to rent it to see.....and it is. Oh my God. What has the world come to that they have to edit in other action scenes from superior action movies into other movies to make them more exciting. The entire swat shootout from Terminator 2 is featured here and so is the semi / bus chase from Universal Soldier. How low could artisan entertainment sink to to allow this to happen. It's a shame that once decent actor Treat Williams has sunk so far and is forced to act in rip-off cinema like this to make a living. If you want great action, go buy Terminator 2 and Universal Soldier for the original footage and not this low budget footage stealer.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lee Armstrong HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on September 2, 2003
Format: DVD
"Critical Mass" is so bad that it is actually enjoyable. There are so many holes in this plot that one wonders if there was actually a director assigned to the project. The basic plot centers around terrorists who steal nuclear material to make a bomb and then take over a nuclear power facility to blow it up. Amid numerous explosions and even a nice truck/bus chase in the high desert are enough plot holes to keep most movie audiences in hysterics. My favorite was in the Pentagon where top military brass are discussing the terrorist. The camera does a closeup of the dossier showing the actor's picture playing the terrorist. The next line is, "The terrorist, whose face is unknown..." Why tell us his face is unknown just after showing us his face? We had to replay this moment and then pause the DVD so my wife could stop laughing. Her favorite moment was when the terrorists are stealing the nuclear material and are walking around the facility. The leader has a little piece of notepaper which he keeps looking at about 7 times, as if he couldn't find his way up the stairs without looking at his paper. I wondered if maybe he had his lines printed there. Then you've got Andrew Prine playing a pompous state senator who is shooting an election commercial at the power plant when the terrorists attack. Prine and his lovely press secretary run for the door with security guard Treat Williams while the rest of the camera crew and reporters stand there allowing themselves to be shot. As the terrorists are running around the facility with automatic weapons looking for the them, Prine starts shouting at Williams in full voice. This happens repeatedly with the terrorists just inches away, but of course the shouting never attracts them.Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michele on August 11, 2004
Format: DVD
I couldn't agree with the previous reviewer more--it's hard to believe that this movie could possibly have been made as a serious "action" flick. Right from the start, with the lead terrorist consulting his map of the building time after time after time, I assumed that the entire movie was a spoof! I'm still not quite convinced it 's not a tongue-in-cheek affair... I've watched it twice now with my husband, and we've thoroughly enjoyed creating our own running dialogue to accompany the movie and which points out all the things the characters overlook/do wrong/do poorly/don't do and should.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lunar Strain on January 15, 2005
Format: DVD
Hey this is Terminator 2.....wait no it isn''s Universal its not that either. So what the hell is this? What this is a total stink bomb of a direct-to-video action flick that didn't have the money to make their own action scenes so they edited in some excellent action scenes from much superior films to spice up this hunk of juck a bit. I can't believe Artisan Entertainment allowed the filmmakers to do this. Anyway, you'be been warned....avoid this critical failure.
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