HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
 
Newest Reviews
Assassins
Fish That Saved Pittsburgh, The
Synchronic
Capote Tapes, The
Night, The
Show Goes On, The
Furnace, The
Tyrel
Iceman
Blue Sky
Tokyo Dragon Chef
Pittsburgh
12 Hour Shift
Intergalactic Adventures of Max Cloud, The
Spoilers, The
Killer Therapy
Man Upstairs, The
Bloodhound, The
New Mutants, The
Tesla
Flame of New Orleans, The
Ham on Rye
Imperial Blue
Tenet
August 32nd on Earth
Don is Dead, The
Seven Sinners
Body of Water
Away
Soul
About Endlessness
Let It Snow
Ava
Deliver Us from Evil
Shark Attack 3: Megalodon
Midnight Sky, The
Lego Star Wars Holiday Special, The
Mon Oncle Antoine
Blast of Silence
Blackout, The
   
 
Newest Articles
Absolutely Bananas: Link on Blu-ray
Network Double Bills: Hawk the Slayer and The Medusa Touch
The Price of Plague: The Masque of the Red Death on Blu-ray
Network Double Bills: Seance on a Wet Afternoon and Ring of Spies
Chaney Chillers: Inner Sanctum Mysteries - The Complete Film Series on Blu-ray
Adelphi Extras: Stars in Your Eyes on Blu-ray
Toons for the Heads: Fantastic Planet and Adult Animation
Nature Girl: The New World on Blu-ray
Network Double Bills: Perfect Friday and Robbery
Network Double Bills: The House in Nightmare Park and The Man Who Haunted Himself
Newley Minted: The Strange World of Gurney Slade on Blu-ray
Bad Love: The Night Porter on Blu-ray
Brevity is the Soul of Weird: Short Sharp Shocks on Blu-ray
Get Your Ass to Mars: Total Recall on Blu-ray
Call the Professionals: Le Cercle Rouge on Blu-ray
When There's No More Room in Hell: Dawn of the Dead on Blu-ray
The Butterfly Effect: Mothra on Blu-ray
Living Room Theatre: Play for Today Volume 1 on Blu-ray
Didn't He Do Well: The Bruce Forsyth Show on DVD
Blood Wedding: The Bride with White Hair on Blu-ray
The Inhuman Element: The Ladykillers on 4K UHD
As You Like It, Baby: Breathless on Blu-ray
Stargazing: Light Entertainment Rarities on DVD
Down to the Welles: Orson Welles Great Mysteries Volume 2 on DVD
Herding Cats: Sleepwalkers on Blu-ray
   
 
  Whoops Apocalypse Push The Button
Year: 1986
Director: Tom Bussman
Stars: Loretta Swit, Peter Cook, Michael Richards, Herbert Lom, Daniel Benzali, Shane Rimmer, Joanne Pearce, Alexei Sayle, Rik Mayall, Ian Richardson, Christopher Malcolm, Ian McNeice, Richard Wilson, Clifton James, Murray Hamilton, John Sessions, Marc Smith
Genre: ComedyBuy from Amazon
Rating:  4 (from 1 vote)
Review: A small Central American country is ostensibly British territory, but when local General Mosquera (Herbert Lom) stages a coup, it sets off a chain of events that spirals quickly out of control. As Britain prepares to send its warships to the Caribbean, The United States of America is welcoming a new President, Barbara Adams (Loretta Swit), who is taking over since the last President has suddenly died after persuading a journalist to hit him with a metal bar to prove how strong he was. As Adams is more liberal than her predecessor, she will be just the woman to step in and nip the conflict in the bud - won't she?

By the eighties, the previous decade's British tradition of taking successful sitcoms (or even middling small screen accomplishments) and making them into big screen versions had died out. There was one blip on that radar, however, and it was Whoops Apocalypse whose writers, Andrew Marshall and David Renwick, adapted their black comedy for the cinema to a notably less welcome reception. The whole obsession with being blown up in a nuclear holocaust was a very eighties concern of course, and here the idea would appear to have been to create a new Dr Strangelove.

But there's one big difference between the Stanley Kubrick film and this one, and it's not simply because this one isn't funny. The sixties satire had an undercurrent of seriousness that generated a tension as the inevitability of the conclusion loomed; the only sane reaction to a deadly problem was to laugh. Here, on the other hand, everyone is a cartoonish buffoon except for the President, which considering who the leader of the Free World was in the eighties, seems like a missed opportunity for lampooning. Instead, it's the UK Prime Minister Sir Mortimer Chris (Peter Cook) who is the man with his finger on the button.

Whether this was to build up the importance of Britain on the world stage, or to do a take off on the policies of the then Conservative government is unclear, and it's to the film's detriment it doesn't take place in any instantly recognisable political landscape. As a replacement, you're offered spoofs of such things as the tabloid obsession with Princess Diana, here named Princess Wendy (Joanne Pearce), who ends up being kidnapped by international terrorist and master of disguise Lacrobat (Michael Richards, whose appearance in blackface is interesting in light of his later onstage antics).

There are a few nice character parts, as Ian Richardson makes for a sympathetic warship captain who unwisely allows himself to be hypnotised for example, but the jokes aren't there - well, they're there, but the quality is low. Rik Mayall appears as an S.A.S. leader in all but name, but it's pretty desperate simply to have him shouting and swearing in lieu of any good lines. In fact, the humour is depressingly crude or tiresomely surreal, as when the Prime Minister decides that pixies are responsible for unemployment and conceives a solution that sees mass suicides of workers to make room for more job opportunities. Considering the cutting edge comedy that was around at the time, you expect more and Whoops Apocalypse really shows up the flaws in its fashionable humour. The small screen original was notably a lot more accomplished, both in skewering its targets and generating the laughs. Music by Patrick Gowers.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 3435 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star probably has psychic powers?
Laurence Fishburne
Nicolas Cage
Anya Taylor-Joy
Patrick Stewart
Sissy Spacek
Michelle Yeoh
Aubrey Plaza
Tom Cruise
Beatrice Dalle
Michael Ironside
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
  Sdfadf Rtfgsdf
Darren Jones
Andrew Pragasam
Stately Wayne Manor
Enoch Sneed
  Geraint Morgan
Paul Smith
   

 

Last Updated: