History Film / TheChinaSyndrome

18th May '18 7:01:05 PM ArchTeryx
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** And [[spoiler:everyone gets that expression during the ending as the reactor's coolant system tears itself apart during the film's ending.]]

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** And [[spoiler:everyone gets that expression during the ending as the reactor's main coolant system tears pump starts tearing itself apart during the film's ending.]]ending. With each support strut that falls, it gets closer to simply breaking loose and coming to pieces. Then the ''TV feed from the pump is cut...'']]
14th May '18 4:11:23 AM ArcaneAzmadi
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* Take That!: The guys in the plant point out that all the anti-nuke activists likely have a lot of electrical appliances in their homes. More specifically Jack makes a very impassioned speech about the reason the core did not melt down was because the very meticulous safety systems and all the redundancies worked to a T.


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* TakeThat: The guys in the plant point out that all the anti-nuke activists likely have a lot of electrical appliances in their homes. More specifically Jack makes a very impassioned speech about the reason the core did not melt down was because the very meticulous safety systems and all the redundancies worked to a T.
4th May '18 8:12:03 AM teachzebra
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* Take That!: The guys in the plant point out that all the anti-nuke activists likely have a lot of electrical appliances in their homes. More specifically Jack makes a very impassioned speech about the reason the core did not melt down was because the very meticulous safety systems and all the redundancies worked to a T.
3rd Apr '18 4:33:38 PM DrOO7
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* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: Jack's accident--indeed, the whole plot of the movie--is very reminiscent of activist [[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karen_Silkwood Karen Silkwood]].

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* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: Jack's accident--indeed, the whole plot of the movie--is Hector's accident is very reminiscent of the death of activist [[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karen_Silkwood Karen Silkwood]].
3rd Apr '18 4:27:19 PM DrOO7
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* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: Jack's accident--indeed, the whole plot of the movie--is very reminiscent of activist [[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karen_Silkwood Karen Silkwood]].
14th Oct '17 4:49:16 PM Mdumas43073
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* ShoutOut: Fonda wanted red hair as a shout out to one of her childhood heroes, Brenda Starr. This caused some problems for James Crabe, the film's cinematographer, because red was a tricky color to work with at the time, and he had to deal with not only filming red hair, but also filming television broadcasts with red hair.

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* ShoutOut: Fonda wanted red hair as a shout out to one of her childhood heroes, comics character Brenda Starr. This caused some problems for James Crabe, the film's cinematographer, because red was a tricky color to work with at the time, and he had to deal with not only filming red hair, but also filming television broadcasts with red hair.
5th May '17 5:12:07 PM marcoasalazarm
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* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Jack Godell.]]

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* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Jack Godell.Godell fights the power and loses badly... but he manages to unequivocally demonstrate a flaw on the nuclear reactor that the corporation just ''cannot'' leave alone (although they will definitely fix it quietly).]]
24th Mar '17 7:10:26 AM IllinoisStateTroper
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By the time Richard's friend is hurt trying to sneak the film of the accident to a regulatory committee, Jack's paranoid and frustrated enough to seize a security guard's gun and take control of the reactor. Kim tries to interview Jack live on television (breaking into KXLA's regularly-scheduled programming of ''Series/TheMagnificentMarbleMachine''; no, seriously) to help him report what went wrong, but the power company SCRAM the reactor in order to take control away from Jack - during a SCRAM it runs fully automatic for a short time. The power company kills the TV signal and sends in a SWAT team to shoot Jack. While he lies dying, the faulty main coolant pump goes to maximum power ... during which the reactor goes through a terrifying few minutes of OMG it's gonna blow! The pump is finally shut down just as it completely breaks free of its moorings. At the end with the power company trying to paint Jack as a madman, Kim approaches Jack's friend Ted and gets him to say that Jack was sane and that there needs to be a full investigation.

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By the time Richard's friend is hurt trying to sneak the film proof of the accident lack of testing to a regulatory committee, Jack's paranoid and frustrated enough to seize a security guard's gun and take control of the reactor. Kim tries to interview Jack live on television (breaking into KXLA's regularly-scheduled programming of ''Series/TheMagnificentMarbleMachine''; no, seriously) to help him report what went wrong, but the power company SCRAM the reactor in order to take control away from Jack - during a SCRAM it runs fully automatic for a short time. The power company kills the TV signal and sends in a SWAT team to shoot Jack. While he lies dying, the faulty main coolant pump goes to maximum power ... during which the reactor goes through a terrifying few minutes of OMG it's gonna blow! The pump is finally shut down just as it completely breaks free of its moorings. At the end with the power company trying to paint Jack as a madman, Kim approaches Jack's friend Ted and gets him to say that Jack was sane and that there needs to be a full investigation.
24th Mar '17 7:09:43 AM IllinoisStateTroper
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At every turn separately and then as a team, Jack, Kim and Richard try to find out what happened and try to warn others that something's wrong. By the time Richard's friend is hurt trying to sneak the film of the accident to a regulatory committee, Jack's paranoid and frustrated enough to seize a security guard's gun and take control of the reactor. Kim tries to interview Jack live on television (breaking into KXLA's regularly-scheduled programming of ''Series/TheMagnificentMarbleMachine''; no, seriously) to help him report what went wrong, but the power company SCRAM the reactor in order to take control away from Jack - during a SCRAM it runs fully automatic for a short time. The power company kills the TV signal and sends in a SWAT team to shoot Jack. While he lies dying, the faulty main coolant pump goes to maximum power ... during which the reactor goes through a terrifying few minutes of OMG it's gonna blow! The pump is finally shut down just as it completely breaks free of its moorings. At the end with the power company trying to paint Jack as a madman, Kim approaches Jack's friend Ted and gets him to say that Jack was sane and that there needs to be a full investigation.

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At every turn separately and then as a team, Jack, Kim and Richard try to find out what happened and try to warn others that something's wrong. Eventually Jack realizes that the tremor was caused by faulty welding on the main pump, which will cause the pump to fail if it is pushed to full capacity; This faulty welding was never discovered because, rather than test every single weld like they were supposed to do, the company decided to save money by testing one weld and submitting its test results for every other weld. If this were brought to light, it would force the immediate shutdown of the plant and, most likely, legal charges for its builders and owners.

By the time Richard's friend is hurt trying to sneak the film of the accident to a regulatory committee, Jack's paranoid and frustrated enough to seize a security guard's gun and take control of the reactor. Kim tries to interview Jack live on television (breaking into KXLA's regularly-scheduled programming of ''Series/TheMagnificentMarbleMachine''; no, seriously) to help him report what went wrong, but the power company SCRAM the reactor in order to take control away from Jack - during a SCRAM it runs fully automatic for a short time. The power company kills the TV signal and sends in a SWAT team to shoot Jack. While he lies dying, the faulty main coolant pump goes to maximum power ... during which the reactor goes through a terrifying few minutes of OMG it's gonna blow! The pump is finally shut down just as it completely breaks free of its moorings. At the end with the power company trying to paint Jack as a madman, Kim approaches Jack's friend Ted and gets him to say that Jack was sane and that there needs to be a full investigation.
5th Feb '17 8:38:12 AM dieseldragons
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* MarriedToTheJob: Jack loves the Ventana nuclear power plant which distresses him why others would want to ruin everything in the name of profit.
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