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A gripping, dramatic thriller infused with a twist of dark humor, Pu-239 reveals the lengths to which a man will go to secure his family's future. While working at a nuclear power plant in Russia, Timofey (Paddy Considine) is exposed to a deadly dose of radiation while trying to avert a plant disaster. Instead of rewarding Timonfey for his efforts, the plants 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. Caught up in the "new Russia" of hoods and hookers, Timofey struggles to make the sales; his efforts resulting in deadly consequences.


Studio HBO
SKU 206640324
UPC 883929007837
UPC 14 00883929007837
Format DVD
Release Date 4/20/2010
Rating Rating
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Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Name Considine,Paddy
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Cast & Crew
Abel Korzeniowski - Original Music By
Adrian Curelea - Art Director
Charlie Lyons - Producer
Danya Baryshnikov - Actor
Eigil Bryld - Cinematographer
George Clooney - Executive Producer
Ken Kalfus - Based On Short Story By
Leo Trombetta - Editor
Oscar Isaac - Actor
Paddy Considine - Actor
Radha Mitchell - Actor
Scott Z. Burns - Director
Scott Z. Burns - Screenplay
Sorin Popescu - Art Director
Tatiana S. Riegel - Editor
Tom Meyer - Production Designer
ReviewSource Variety
Review A distinctly Russian cocktail of high drama and low comedy in which a nuclear plant worker, dying from radiation poisoning, mistakenly depends on an inept Moscow low-life to sell some purloined plutonium, "The Half Life of Timofey Berezin" is a U.S.-funded, Euro-shot, English-lingo effort that tries mightily to bridge the wide gap between its tonal extremes, but in the end is an uncomfortable and unsatisfying sit...Helmer Scott Z. Burns, a producer of the recent Al Gore docu "An Inconvenient Truth," has set the bar high for his first directorial effort. With so many different nationalities repped in the cast, the decision to shoot in heavily accented English was probably necessary. Though the accents sound uniformly fine to the untrained ear, their presence is a distraction; when, in one scene, a background television blares out a Russian-language program, the gambit falls apart...In the face of these challenges, thesping is strong. Considine's mournful Timofey is the soul of dignified despair, while relative newcomer Isaac and first-time villain Kaas, the Danish-born star of the Susanne Bier films "Open Hearts" and "Brothers," make strong impressions...Pic's aces in the hole are the stunning camerawork of d.p. Eigil Bryld and spot-on production design of Tom Meyer, who together create a post-Perestroika Russia that oozes with veracity.
Reviewer Eddie Cockrell
ReviewRating 7
DVD, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Considine,Paddy
Label HBO Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Los Angeles Times Great, thoroughly inhabited performances...excellent supporting cast...
The Hollywood Reporter A wrenching and powerful cautionary tale...delivers a devastating wallop...

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