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The China Syndrome Essay

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In the film the China Syndrome, directed by James Bridges, we follow Kimberly Wells a news reporter played by Jane Fonda, covering fluff stories. Until, she gets the opportunity to go inside a nuclear power plant. In the midst of the tour Kimberly and her camera man Richard Adams, played by Michael Douglas, encounter a mechanical fail, in the hands of the power plant controller Jack Godell, played by Jack Lemon. After realizing, the Richard had gotten the entire incident on tape, Kimberly makes it her priority to reveal the true dangers of the nuclear power plant. In this thriller, we are confronted with the true dangers of a nuclear power plant by these characters going to the extreme to ...view middle of the document...

The moment that changed the course of the film is when Kimberly, becomes of aware of the fact that Richard has gone missing with the footage that he had shoot from inside the power plant. Her encounter with Jack convinces her enough to take action and get the truth out, no matter at what cost. It’s not until then, that we truly see her growing as a character, and becomes more likeable and relatable because we’ve all had worked hard to support a cause or stand up for something we believe in.
An issue in the film that relates to the Fukushima catastrophe is the cover up. Earlier his year EcoWatch.com reported on disclosed emails revealing the NRC’S sheltering of safety concerns days after the disaster. In the China Syndrome, ever since the plant was built there had always been a fracture in the generator, which was ignored because it would have cost millions of dollars for repairs and on top of that the planet would have been shut down while it was under inspection and under construction, which meant lost in money. The NRC went on the media days after the incident, telling the American people that “nuclear power plants in the United States are designed to be safe,” when in fact, ‘more than 30 of the country’s...

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