acting elevates this overlong and at times dull movie about working
conditions at a nuclear plant in the 1970s, and the determined woman
who tried to improve them. Helmed by actors' director Mike Nichols, the
human drama is at times terrific, and the star trio are given a good
amount of useful material to work with. Cher makes her Dolly highly
interesting, with a levelled approach to her homosexuality, whereas Kurt
Russell is somewhere near his peak as the sensitive hunk.
But most important, of course, is a fiery and sparkling Meryl Streep who
really brings Karen Silkwood to life. She's a vixen like you'll never
see Streep again.
is at its best depicting the social relations and daily life at the
plant. The politics
and paranoia are presented in typical 70s fashion, with creepy supporting
characters and synthetic music, but that doesn't mean its not to some
degree effective. Nichols
never comes close to nailing any real level of suspense, but the
plot remains interesting and fairly potent throughout, despite some
overly slow pacing around the middle parts of the film. Look for a
hilarious David Strathairn in a small part.