THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

CAN HE DO IT?

​​THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

DEF-CON 4 (1985)  


What was I THINKING even considering this sci-fi/post-apocalypse drudgery imported from Canada in the 80s?  Sometimes there is a very good reason why some stuff has remained unwatched.  In this instance, I was looking for a film that my wife would not mind missing, as she was out.  Well I found one!  Three astronauts are up in space looking down nervously as global conflict becomes more and more likely.  One day the unthinkable happens and the rockets launch.  They stay in orbit unable to reach anyone and wonder at what point do they go back to earth and try to survive.  Before they can decide, a program aimed from below looks onto their computer and brings them in, like it or not.  While trying to dig out of the beach they’ve landed in, the captain is pulled out and killed by grimy survivors.  Whiny astronaut Howe (Tim Choate) outwaits them (the third astronaut has been felled by a concussion), escapes and then gets himself taken hostage by Canadian movie stalwart Maury Chaykin, who, against type, underplays as a kilt-wearing solo survivor who has his own well-protected shack and a young female companion.  Before we know it, as Howe bargains for his life with his four month food supply, the trio head off to be taken prisoner by those grimy survivors with the son of a former Army general as their commander.  And that’s when I REALLY got bored.  Def-Con 4, despite making a lot of money and being a tremendous catalyst to the Canadian film industry at the time, does a less than adequate job of maintaining interest. Hopefully it opened the door to many other, better films.