Miracle Mile (1988)

I didn’t know what to expect going into this film, and I think it’s safe to say that it surprised me. This is essentially one long tangent, with scenes taking unpredictable and slightly unbelievable turns throughout. But despite its flaws, Miracle Mile is undeniably a brave and entertaining apocalyptic thriller.

Harry and Julie are young lovers caught up in the midst of a nuclear war, and to be honest, that’s about all I can say in terms of the plot, as to explain the details of what happens would be to ruin the entire viewing experience. Every single moment is frantic and filled with an insanely nervous energy, as people run around plotting and planning in delirious panic. Phone calls, car chases, guns, explosions, crashes, and lots of running fill the 87 minutes, but this is far from your average action movie. Details such as the surreal opening in the La Brea Tar Pits Museum, where the credits slide along the screen to images of Harry and Julie first noticing each other, and the quirky pieces of dialogue in the coffee shop, save this from becoming mundane. Genuinely funny at parts, and with some inspired shots, you will find yourself engrossed in the madness if you suspend your disbelief and just roll with it.

FINAL VERDICT: ★★★

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