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Boring beginning, but spectacular, unequalled climax and 2nd half.
on December 14, 2015
I just watched this again for the 2nd time (first time was on TV in the late 80s). It has a long, slow, sort of boring lead-up to the part that everyone is really waiting for: The 300 nuclear missile attack upon the US. I must say, even by today's special-effects standards, the detonation scenes, carnage, incineration, etc. are spectacular, and do not disappoint. It goes on for probably ten minutes. Very horrific, but not gratuitously so.