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Anthony Edwards is caught between a car Film looks at what-if question of a nuke bomb threat in L.A. By Jack Garner Democrat and Chronicle film critic iracle Mile is a gem of an independent film a thought-provoking thriller about what may be the last hours in the lives of a group of Los Angeles residents. Cleverly written and tautly directed by Steve DeJarnatt, Miracle Mile begins with a startling development. A young man (Anthony Edwards) overhears a conversation on a pay phone that implies l 1111 1 U U Ui-f UN. and a hard place in . . . -5 that a nuclear bomb soon will be detonated in Los Angeles. The remainder of the film traces his steps as he tries to help his girlfriend and other associates escape, if possible, even while trying to overcome the skepticism that it may all be a cruel prank or mistaken communication. The beauty of De-Jarnatt's script is that the viewer is never really sure if nuclear holocaust is about to occur or not we are just as much in the dark, and in a state of near-panic as the characters in the film. In the style made famous by Hitchcock, humor and tension are interwoven in a story in which the lives of everyday people are threatened. We have all asked ourselves what we'd do in the midst of a nuclear countdown and the various characters in Miracle Mile play out the 5- f MOVIE REVIEW 12 , options of panic, cool acceptance, sharp skepticism, self-centered greed, and the rest. Miracle Mile is not totally original this sort of end-of-the-world scenario has been played out before. But this version is compact, intense, human, alternately funny and tragic, realistic, and totally engrossing. Anthony Edwards (of Top Gun and Mr. North) plays the mild-mannered, unassuming central character, and brings a young Jimmy Stewart innocence and energy to the part. He's a youthful every-man. Writer-director Steve DeJarnatt makes Miracle Mile work, though, with his sparse, incisive writing, and his beautifully paced direction. The film is magnetic in the way it draws the viewer gradually, and then more swiftly, into its frightening premise. DeJarnatt also demonstrates a remarkable ability to turn LA's Miracle Mile neighborhood topsy-turvy on an extremely modest budget. He's a resourceful, talented filmmaker. Adding to the film's hypnotic power is the trance-like music of Tangerine Dream. CLOSING CREDITS: Miracle Mile. With Anthony Edwards and Mare Winningham. At the Little Theatre. Rated R, with profanity and violence. 87 mins. Excellent Good Fair Poor

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  1. Democrat and Chronicle,
  2. 09 Aug 1989, Wed,
  4. Page 13

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