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Pu-239 (DVD)

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Gloomy but soulful, PU-239 is the story of a Russian nuclear plant worker, Timofey (Paddy Considine), who is exposed to a lethal level of radiation due to general incompetence at the facility. When a cover-up ensues, Timofey is forced to go on unpaid leave with little time left to care for his wife (Radha Mitchell) and son. Stealing a portion of weapons-grade plutonium from the plant, he smuggles it to Moscow and meets up with a black marketeer, Shiv (Oscar Isaac), who hopes to sell the material and pay off a debt to a powerful gangster. The simplicity of the idea, however, is undercut by a series of misunderstandings and bad intentions, leaving both Timofey and Shiv dangling and increasingly endangered. The moody feature is helped a great deal by colorful performances from Jason Flemyng as a loose-cannon associate of Shiv's, and Nikolaj Lie Kaas as a criminal baron who has to suffer the foolish likes of Shiv until he's quite had enough. Mitchell is very good as the spouse who gradually figures out how bad off Timofey is, watching helplessly as anonymous authorities dismantle her life to obscure evidence of their nuclear irresponsibility. Writer-director Scott Z. Burns gracefully captures the tragic cycle of events and manages to inject a trace of humor here and there (especially around Flemyng's character). He also catches some extraordinary, nighttime images of Moscow's busy streets, a look that perhaps hasn't been seen quite this way in a movie before. --Tom Keogh

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  • Actors: Paddy Considine, Radha Mitchell, Oscar Issac
  • Directors: Scott Z. Burns
  • Producers: Steven Soderbergh, George Clooney, Peter Berg
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: Unknown
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: HBO Studios
  • DVD Release Date: March 30, 2010
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0010YPT7Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,460 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Pu-239" on IMDb

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By sneaky-sneaky VINE VOICE on May 1, 2008
Format: DVD
A film with such an unusual title is bound to be interesting, and "Pu-239" certainly delivers. Timofey (Paddy Considine) is a worker at a Russian nuclear plant who receives a lethal radioactive dose and sets about providing for his family in the few days he has left to live. He does this by purloining Plutonium, chemical symbol Pu-239, not quite as well known as its cousin U-238. Shot on location, "Pu-239" is an English-language foreign film, with some familiar faces such as Rhada Mitchell as Timofey's wife, and the usual cast of colorful but unknown Russian gangsters. Least expected is the fact that Plutonium is hilarious! Paddy hooks up with Shiv, a small-time crook, and his two out-of-control associates who resort to stealing windshield wipers and dog-napping as sources of income. Laced amidst the dark humor are startlingly insightful meditations on light's wave/particle duality, or the substance of a mushroom cloud consisting of fear. Facts sprinkled throughout the movie are all accurate, such as an interesting sidebar about the painters of radium-dial watches in West Orange, New Jersey who began to die from hideous oral cancer, as they tended to moisten their paint brushes with their mouths. The combination of story, dark humor, nuclear fact, and philosophy render "Pu-239" an intelligent and worthwhile film.
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PU-239 is a relativately unknown movie. I came across the preview on some other movie a few months back and was intrigued by it.

The other reviews have summed up the plot pretty well, so I won't bore you with more of that.

PU-239 is a dark suspense Russian gangster movie, with alot of comedy mixed in. The acting in the movie is pretty good, considering the mostly unknown cast.

A great dvd to check out if your looking for someting a little out of the ordinary!

Highly recommended!
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This movie was subtle and wonderfully executed. The balance of humor, gut wrenching sadness, and action is superb and enjoyable. All of the performances are right on target, everyone pulling their weight equally. I loved this movie a lot more than I ever thought I would. I would highly recommend it.
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A heartfelt movie that's very enjoyable to watch! I enjoyed the actors, I thought the acting was done well. The plot is different. There are some hilarious scenes infused in the movie which I enjoyed. I love the trivial facts or science referred by the movie. This journey of two desperate men for money brought me laughter and tears. Overall, great movie. I recommend watching this if you want something different!
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Gritty movie set in post soviet Russia, fascinating to experience and see such an environment that not many movies cover. PU-239 has many dimensions, mostly tragic with a small touch of comedy courtesy of the inept gangsters. Compelling drama considering the real security issues of radioactive material left over from the former soviet union.
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Despite the flaws of the actor's poor linguistic talents, this movie is captivating! This movie has a well constructed plot and gives us a glimpse at the Russian underworld along with a look at capitalism in its truest form.

While this was a low budget film, it delivered intrigue and drama. At the start, the viewer sees a nuclear meltdown and the subsequent cover-up but there is so much more to the event than initially understood. At points throughout there are passing commentaries on the futility of life that causes the watcher pause.

I recommend this to those who like indie movies. It had a powerful message as well as a terrific unwinding of what it means to trust the state unquestionably. This is a movie I would watch more than once to catch what I missed in the first viewing.
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While the goofy crooks are somewhat funny, the story of selling plutonium moves slow and goes no where. The acting isn't good. Its hard to watch a group of disgusting looking men goof off and go nowhere for the length of the movie. The only reason I watched it to the end was because I wanted to see if there was going to be a point to the plutonium. This could be a good movie with the right director and casting director.
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It wasn't as exciting as I thought it was going to be. Definitely more of a drama story than a thriller or suspense flick. I like how the two Russian gangsters at the end got their just deserts by mistaking Pu-239 for cocaine.
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