Do yourself a favor, don't choose this movie.
BD Ashley | Otago, New Zealand | 03/07/2003
(1 out of 5 stars)
"This Italian/UK co-production is also known as THE CHOSEN. Robert Caine (Kirk Douglas, who rightly seems embarressed to be in this movie.) is an American entrpeneur and businessman who is finally seeing his lifes biggest ambition realized- the building of a nuclear power plant in an Arab state. But those involved in the project start dying violent deaths. Why? A priest manages to offer Caine the most rational explaination: Caine's son Nigel (Simon Ward) is the Antichrist who wants to use nuclear weapons to annihilate the world; and to make matters worse, Caine's sexy girlfriend (Agostina Belli) is pregnant with another potential devil's child.
You're better off watching ROSEMARY'S BABY or THE OMEN instead. On the plus side there is an amusing helicopter blade decapitation scene but it doesn't come close to matching THE OMEN's classic beheading. And another positive, THE CHOSEN will put insomniacs to sleep no problem. Belli's beauty is the movie's only redeeming quality. This is a waste of 100 minutes, but its still better than a lot of that new "charter" garbage Kiwis are being subjected to on TV. Why do you think I watch so many movies?"
Holocaust 2000 (1977)
Bartok Kinski | Prague | 04/21/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"The end is near! Citizens protest! Worldwide panic spreads across the globe! A nuclear holocaust threatens us all! The monstrous beast will rise from the ocean to consume all life! Earth will become a scorched wasteland!
Who ought to care about why the hell this movie punctuates so much on the Apocalypse? The Italians certainly had been ashamed of making this film in the first place! Even our priests who run the churches would be in for a mass uproar about the falsity this delivers. But heck, this is the movies!
Words cannot describe this sordid, terrible drama, acting more of a drunken Shakespearean play about nuclear fear than anything else. A poor planning in developing a good story and lousy writing makes this the perfect glass of sour milk. One of our best well-known movie stars, Kirk Douglas, has a few embarrassing performances, one of which is when he stands out naked in front of visions of rising monsters from the ocean. Also, it makes a failed attempt at showing off any suspenseful magic about the supernatural. Either it is Douglas who thinks the Great Flood has come, or just a coincidence of Mother Nature rising the ocean tide.
The movie actually gets a further beating on trying to be a meaningless horror / splatter film, which wants to show off uselessly. HOLOCAUST 2000 is good if you want to see Kirk Douglas star in a movie so horrifying in its pitiful execution and directing skills. What does this movie want to be when it fouls up? A DOOMSDAY BOMB!"