At a church in the country, eternally optimistic John marries Maria, his Atomic War Bride, as a war starts, planes buzz overhead and bombs start dropping. Though John is "mobilized" by the military seconds after the ceremony, he and Maria are reunited just in time for the Big Bang!
Directed by: Veljko Bulajic
. Starring: Antun Vrdoljak
, Zlatko Madunic
, Ljubisa Jovanovic
, Ita Rina
, Janez Vrhovec
, Marija Kohn
, Ewa Krzyzewska
, Olivera Markovic
, Tana Mascarelli
, Nevenka Mikulic
, Vasa Pantelic
, Dusan Pocek
, Bosa Stojadinovic
. Music by: Vladimir Kraus-Rajteric
John (Antun Vrdoljak) marries Maria (Ewa Krzyzewska) but what should be the start of a beautiful life is anything but that when their country ends up in a possible atmoic war. Pretty soon the couple have their lives ripped apart as their future becomes very unclear.
ATOMIC WAR BRIDE was filmed in Croatia and to call it a rather bleak movie would be an understatement. If you're looking for some corny or campy then you're certainly not going to find it here as the movie is very dark, very bleak and it certainly doesn't end on a cute note. With all of that being said, the movie certainly has its heart in the right place but at the same time the end results aren't all that great.
I think the biggest problem is that the filmmakers just didn't have enough money to pull off what I'm sure they wanted to. Considered the budget you have to tip your hat to director Veljko Bulajic as he certainly built up a nice atmosphere and I also thought he managed to tell the story quite well. There's no doubt that the film gets its message across and there are a few good moments scattered throughout and that includes the ending.
I thought the two leads were good enough for this type of film. The screenplay gets off the right messages thrown across the screen but at the same time there's really nothing new or fresh done here.
Review by Michael_Elliott from the Internet Movie Database.