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Pu-239 (2006)

The Half Life of Timofey Berezin (original title)
R | | Drama | 17 November 2007 (USA)
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A worker at a Russian nuclear facility gets exposed to a lethal dose of radiation. In order to provide for his family, he steals some plutonium and sets out to sell it on Moscow's black market with the help of an incompetent criminal.

Director:

Scott Z. Burns

Writers:

Scott Z. Burns (screenplay), Ken Kalfus (short story "PU-239")
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Paddy Considine ... Timofey
Oscar Isaac ... Shiv
Valeriu Pavel Dan Valeriu Pavel Dan ... Red Army Hero
Kenneth Bryans Kenneth Bryans ... Prusokov
Radha Mitchell ... Marina
Danya Baryshnikov Danya Baryshnikov ... Tolya
Connor McIntyre ... Facility Director
Derek Hutchinson ... Facility Deputy
Jason Flemyng ... Vlad
Jordan Long ... Yegor
Xenia Alina Grigore Xenia Alina Grigore ... Lap Girl
Mélanie Thierry ... Oxsana
Constantin Barbulescu Constantin Barbulescu ... Dmitri
Oana Cojocaru Oana Cojocaru ... Svetlana
Stefan Iancu ... Andrei
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In Russia, the technician and family man Timofey is exposed to 1,000 REMs (Roentgen Equivalent Man) of radiation in the nuclear facility where he works. The facility director hides the level of exposure from Timofey and tries to force him to assume the blame for the accident and puts Timofey on unpaid leave. Aware that the exposure is lethal and feeling the sickness of radiation, Timofey steals 100 mg of plutonium and heads to Moscow expecting to sell it on the black market for US$ 30,000.00 to give to his wife Marina and his seven year-old son Tolya. Meanwhile, the small-time criminal Shiv and the gangsters Vlad and Yegor need to pay US$ 6,000.00 to the powerful mobster Starkov in 72 hours. When Shiv meets Timofey trying to sell the Pu-239, he sees the chance to pay his debts and make some money. But he is incompetent and gets in trouble with powerful mobsters. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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His family's future depends on one unstable element.

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Drama

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Rated R for language, violence, sexual content and brief drug use | See all certifications »
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Timofey: [voiceover] An element loses a particle and becomes unstable. A chain reaction is set in motion. Pulsing waves of desperation in every direction. Perhaps the lost part is clarity or hope. In the fallout, the man-made elements appear- isotopes of fear and anger that cannot be handled safely or buried in the ground. They take the shape of a mushroom cloud started above a desert, that circles the globe and shadows us all.
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The end credits of the movie are presented in English. The letters cast a shadow in dark red, which provide the same information as the English credits, but in Russian. See more »

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Blue Monday (hardfloor mix)
Written by Bernard Sumner, Stephen Morris, Peter Hook and Phil Cunningham
Performed by New Order
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Somber and decent.
22 November 2007 | by Vic_maxSee all my reviews

This movie was OK. It was not quite great, but interesting enough to be a bit above average. It starts out great, but then settles into a kind of blandness for the rest of the film.

Basically, the movie is about a man who is exposed to a lethal dose of radiation in a nuclear power plant in Russia. Knowing he is going to die soon, he absconds with a small amount of plutonium and attempts to sell it on the black market ... all to help provide for his family.

If the plot sounds interesting, the movie somehow drains the intensity out of it. The middle 90% of the movie is basically uneventful and focused on a slightly deranged mob-related fellow that the main character meets. More than anything, the movie depicts the degenerating state of affairs of two very different individuals who get linked up.

The movie is somewhat interesting and unusual, but I can't find a good reason to recommend it. If you end up watching it for a little while, just keep in mind, it won't get any better.


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Release Date:

17 November 2007 (USA) See more »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)
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