DVD - 2008
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While working at a nuclear power plant, Timofey is exposed to a deadly dose of radiation while trying to avert a plant disaster. Instead of rewarding Timofey for his efforts, the plant treats him as a scapegoat, offering no compensation to him or his family. Desperate to provide security for his wife and son, Timofey steals a small amount of PU-239 - weapons-grade plutonium - and heads to Moscow to sell it on the black market. Timofey struggles to make the sale, his efforts resulting in deadly consequences.


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Aug 28, 2014

Breaking Bombs. Paddy Considine is a maltreated scientist, and Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis) is his fixer/protegee. PU-239 shouldn't work as well as it does. The scientist part story is solemn and full of prose-poems about protons and butterflies and the fixer story is jokey and full of slapstick. And the ending is arbitrary* and eye-rolly for my taste. But good writing and more than good acting from an international cast hold it together. Maybe the story as a whole says something about the duel nature of the Russian character. *SPOILER: Try as I might, I can't get what Timofey's plan was. Did he really want to sell the plutonium, or only to pretend to, so his wife could blackmail the company? Or what?

aaa5756 Jul 28, 2014

This DVD movie was entertaining and interesting but not one of my favorite for this year. Not too bad---good performance. Very predictable but still entertaining.

Mar 19, 2012

Pu-239 is a gloomy but interesting movie about a Russian nuclear plant worker who is accidentally exposed to deadly radiation. Timofey soon discovers that the plant operators not only blame him for the accident but they also suspend him without pay. Realizing that he is dying Timofey develops a plan to financially support his wife and son. He decides to steal a small quantity of weapons grade plutonium and sell it on the black market. Once in Moscow Timofey encounters several shady characters as his health continues to deteriorate.


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aaa5756 Jul 28, 2014

“The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.” -Winston Churchill


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