Bunt. Delo Litvinenko (Poisoned by Polonium: The Litvinenko File) (Rebellion: The Litvinenko Case) (2007)
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The filmmaker who had total access to deceased Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko makes the inflammatory claim that Russia has fallen under the control of the Federal Security Service (FSS) -- a natural successor to the KGB -- in this documentary designed explicitly to indict the actions of Russian president Vladimir Putin. From claiming that free speech in contemporary Russia is being silenced by the government to implicating the FSS in the 1999 apartment-complex bombing attributed to
May 26, 2007 Wide
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... no crackerjack action flick but rather a dizzying, unfocused and, frankly, dull assemblage of revelations and denials.
Who needs paranoid thrillers when we have Russia's deathless gift for autocracy as plot material?
The film, instead of confining itself to who Litvinenko was and how he came to be killed, wanders off into too many tangents and mentions too many cases. The epic corruption of today's Russia is far too widespread to fit into a single film.
This is a film that seems to require a more straightforward thriller approach. Still, it's to Nekrasov's credit that he doesn't want his friend to have died in vain.
Although a first-rate investigative documentary on its own, Andrei Nekrasov's Poisoned by Polonium also serves as a sequel to 2004's Disbelief.
A muckraking documentary of vast shuddery intrigue, makes a disquieting case that Russia hasn't just slipped back to its old oligarchic ways -- but that, in fact, it's a more repressive, corroded place than it was in the age of the Soviet Union.
The geo-political and historical value of what the interviews expose is, perhaps, more important in the end than telling the tale like a thriller
A film that does an injustice to the whole chaotic situation in Eastern Europe by making it seem not just impossible, but impenetrable.
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