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The China Syndrome

By Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Scary, absorbing thriller predicts risks of nuclear power.

Movie PG 1979 122 minutes
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This award-winning film works on many levels. Outstanding performances; an intense, suspenseful story and script; and later events (both the Chernobyl disaster in Russia and the accident at Three Mile Island in the U.S.) confirmed the premise of this film and give this movie both power and resonance. Most of all, it's thrilling entertainment. When it was first released, some thought it over-earnest, too political, and foolishly fearful of nuclear power. The movie may be even more impressive today, given our increasing preoccupation with energy-dependence. Highly recommended for teens and their families, it's both exciting and thought-provoking.

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