The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - HIGHLIGHTS -

Ni­cole Kid­man and Ge­orge Clooney are a mis­matched cou­ple – she’s a high-rank­ing Washington nu­clear sci­en­tist and he’s a boots ’n’ all mil­i­tary man – who find them­selves teamed to save the world. It takes quite a while to dis­cover the real mis­sion – an at­tempt by a griev­ing and sen­si­tive Bos­nian mu­sic teacher to blow up much of Man­hat­tan – and there’s the in­evitable cli­max, a count­down to the tick­ing bomb as the still-bick­er­ing cou­ple fuss over which wires to cut be­fore it det­o­nates. While there are some well-staged ac­tion scenes in this ob­vi­ously ex­pen­sive in­ter­na­tional pro­duc­tion filmed in too-som­bre colours (per­haps to show they’re try­ing to be se­ri­ous about the sub­ject mat­ter), it’s stuff we’ve been watch­ing for years since the end of World War II and Cold War ten­sions put a chill into in­ter­na­tional di­plo­macy. ★★

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