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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

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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Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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His family's future depends on one unstable element.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, violence, sexual content and brief drug use | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 November 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pu-239 See more »

Filming Locations:

Romania See more »

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Quotes

Shiv: You know who wore hat like this?
Andrei: No.
Shiv: Jesse James.
Andrei: Jesse James!
[mimicking pistols with hands]
Shiv: Jesse James. He wore hat just like this. He only stole from rich people, so he really wasn't a thief. He'd go into a rough place like Chicago or Brooklyn and do business.
Andrei: Like you?
Shiv: [nodding] The CIA chased him for years. Whenever Jesse Jackson needed a car he stole one.
Andrei: Jesse James?
Shiv: What did I say?
[...]
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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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Get me some money
Written and performed by Martin Blasick
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The Nuclear Genie in the Hands of Oafs
23 November 2007 | by Jaybird248See all my reviews

I also came across this movie as I channel surfed. Didn't even know the name of it, but was fascinated by it's authenticity, being filmed behind the former Iron Curtain.

Russia has always been a paradox, in many ways a 3rd world nation, yet a military superpower. The themes it dealt with, the worthlessness of the individual, the carelessness of dealing with unbelievably dangerous substances in such an offhand way, the ass-covering behavior of bureaucrats, the stupidity of the Russian mafia, all are classic and well developed in the film. All are characteristic of Russia, yet this story could have happened anywhere. Really scares you to think that, given the bell curve of any group of humans, the nuclear genie is actually in the hands of such oafs.

Worth watching, worth talking and thinking about.


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