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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

Taglines:

His family's future depends on one unstable element.

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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

Timofey: [voiceover] The hands on the clock are waving goodbye. It was my grandfather's watch. The dial was painted by hand in America during Word War I. The brides of soldiers seated at long tables dutifully making luminous little sixes and eights to help keep the world free. The eights were particularly hard to make; so the women sucked on the tips of the paintbrushes to bring them to a fine point. One by one, their mouths began to fill with cancer. The radium-based paint they had swallowed bombarded ...
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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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Tanya
Written by Armen Grigoryan (as Armen S. Grigoryan)
Performed by Krematoriy
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Recurring themes and great films
18 November 2007 | by lastliberalSee all my reviews

I don't know what it is this weekend, but I have tasted films from France (La Haine), Korea (Boksuneun naui geot), Canada (Eve and the Fire Horse), and now, Romania, albeit a US film. Three have revenge themes, two have multicultural themes, two deal with needed kidney transplants, and they all deal with family. There are many things in these films that make you want to think and think hard. Sure, there is also a lot of humor, but it never gets in the way of the themes.

Paddy Considine (The Bourne Ultimatum, Hot Fuzz) gets screwed big-time at work. He is exposed to 1000 rems of plutonium. He knows he only has days to live and his bosses are not interested in doing anything but covering their butts. Sound familiar? Anyway, he steals 100 grams of PU-236 to help his family.

At the same time, there are three low-level thugs who are also dying. They have 72 hours to pay off the big boss for their mistake. One of them, Shiv (Oscar Isaac) comes in contact with Timofey, and stumbles through a plan to solve both their problems.

A comedy of errors ensues with Shiv's partners, Jason Flemyng (The Red Violin, Transporter 2) and Jordan Long. These two are just about the dumbest thieves in the business and they get a fantastic high at the end that will have you rolling on the floor.

Comedy and tragedy mix well in Scott Z. Burns's (The Bourne Ultimatum, An Inconvenient Truth) film. It is a shame that it probably won't get a theatrical release.

And, it's a real treat to see Radha Mitchell (Silent Hill, Man on Fire).


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