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Critical Mass
Critical Mass
Actors: Treat Williams, Lori Loughlin, Udo Kier, Blake Clark, Jack Betts
Director: Fred Olen Ray
Genres: Action & Adventure
R     2003     1hr 35min


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Actors: Treat Williams, Lori Loughlin, Udo Kier, Blake Clark, Jack Betts
Director: Fred Olen Ray
Creators: Theo Angell, Randy Carter, Alan B. Bursteen, Alison Semenza, Jim Wynorski, Kimberly A. Ray, Sean McGinly
Genres: Action & Adventure
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure
Studio: Live / Artisan
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 01/21/2003
Original Release Date: 01/01/2000
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2000
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 35min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English
Subtitles: Spanish
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Movie Reviews

A Joke
Lee Armstrong | Winterville, NC United States | 09/02/2003
(1 out of 5 stars)

""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. Also, when the bad guys get shot, none of the good guys picks up their weapons. Another moment is when Williams has captured and tied up a terrorist and sticks the Senator's tie in his mouth. Most people would just be able to take their tongue and push the tie out of their mouth and call for help; but this terrorist must sit there for 15 minutes until his buddy rescues him. You may enjoy replaying the moment where Andrew Prine steps on the explosive and is hurled through the air with a ball of fire. Most people would be burned or maimed, but Prine just winds up dead with a bit of fake blood on his nose. This is one of those movies where the plot is so bad that you can enjoy it as one of the most wonderfully incompetent films you're likely to run across. Another thing I like about the DVD is the special features. The only special feature is some previews of other films I never heard of. When you push it to watch the previews, it starts playing "Critical Mass" again. Have a laugh, you won't do much else with this clinker! Taxi!"
Apparently they couldn't even make their own movie...
Risa Reif | Denver CO America | 01/04/2005
(1 out of 5 stars)

"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."
Lunar Strain | United States | 01/16/2005
(1 out of 5 stars)

"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."
It doesn't get much more rediculous!
Hellbound | Minneapolis | 06/18/2007
(1 out of 5 stars)

"This movie could so easily have been a spoof comedy, but I think they were trying to be serious! My favorite part was when the terrorists just stroll up to the nuclear facility gate, and the security guard offers to take them inside with the tour group, but then they shoot him anyways! Then wandering around inside they run into the security supervisor, who answers all their questions about the tour group, and tells them to go join the group up on the roof, and then says: "well, I've got to get going" and he just walks away leaving the terrorists to just continue wandering around! What a security force! What a joke this movie is"