Doctor Meyer (Stuart Gillard) has developed an all powerful virus, but
only too late does he learn that the army actually plans to use it in
warfare, and when he does, he gets thrown into the loonie bin, and the
virus is stolen ... and later released in an accident, killing before long
humankind as such.
Nope, the crew of an international
research facility in the antarctica survives the ordeal because the virus
cannot survive in the cold. But surviving a bacteriological attack does
not save these humans yet, because both Washington and Moscow have
activated their automatic nuclear defense systems before being depopulized
by the virus, and Antarctica's resident scientist Yoshizumi (Masao
Kusakari) just happens to know an earthquake caused by deep sea drilling
will shake Washington in a month or so, an earthquake that will set off
the defense system. Now that would only be half as bad wouldn't Moscow
have aimed some nuclear warheads at the Antarctic research station ...
and all-American hero Carter (Bo Svenson) are supplied with a newly
developed antivirus to survive the virus, then they travel to Washington.
When they arrive, the earth is already shattering, and Carter dies under
the debris, but Yoshizumi makes it to the main computer of the defense
system - moments too late though, and everything goes up in nuclear
mushrooms. Yoshizumi survives though in the bunker the main computer was
at, then he walks all the way back to Antarctica to reunite with the woman
he loves (Olivia Hussey), who was fortunately among the people who were
evacuated from the research station before the big bang ...
was supposed to be a very ambitious film about the end of the world with
Cold War undercurrents and a pacifist message - but it has turned out to
be an overly convoluted disaster movie that has little new to add to the
topic and is not exactly original concerning its message, either. Plus due
to the film's many narrative threads, one repeatedly loses sight of the
(feeble) main plot, which also affects the basic tension of the film. Not
really worth your while.