Film Analysis: On The Beach

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August 1945 brought not only the surrender of Japan, but also the start of an arms race that was crucial in the Cold War. In 1949, the Soviet Union ended the United States nuclear monopoly, and the U.S was not prepared for this (Holloway, P. 384). It was not the quantity of nuclear weapons that caused concern; it was the vast increase in their destructive power as the hydrogen bomb replaced the atomic bomb, and missiles fired across continents replaced bombs dropped by planes. Using (and developing) nuclear weapons came with a great responsibility that was not to be taken lightly. During 1955-1958 President Eisenhower had a decision to make whether to use nuclear weapons in Taiwan. Eisenhower was aware of the consequences of using this tactic …show more content…
This movie takes a look at how different families and individuals react to knowing the world is slowly ending and there is no undoing the damage done. While having drinks with everyone, the movie pans to a group of men talking about the launching of nuclear weapons and the current war. One of the men says, (Julian) “No, it wasn’t an accident, I didn’t say that. It was carefully planned, down to the tiniest mechanical and emotional detail. But it was a mistake.” He is talking about the misunderstanding that launched the nuclear war in the first place; in a way this all could have been …show more content…
In Fail Safe, Americans focus on the malfunction of machines ordering bombers to attack Moscow, but don’t have the ability to call them back due to Soviets technology jamming. This is an interesting play on how technological developments in both nations lead to the start of a misunderstanding and the beginning of very difficult choices made by the Americans in order to avoid the malfunction from being a war. The United States President in the film is forced to reason with the Soviets that the bomber flying in is not a planned attack but a complete

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