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Bunt. Delo Litvinenko (Poisoned by Polonium: The Litvinenko File) (Rebellion: The Litvinenko Case)

Bunt. Delo Litvinenko (Poisoned by Polonium: The Litvinenko File) (Rebellion: The Litvinenko Case) (2007)

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Average Rating: 7.1/10
Critic Reviews: 8
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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

Aug 12, 2008

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... no crackerjack action flick but rather a dizzying, unfocused and, frankly, dull assemblage of revelations and denials.

June 20, 2008 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Who needs paranoid thrillers when we have Russia's deathless gift for autocracy as plot material?

June 19, 2008 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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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.

March 21, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Post
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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.

March 20, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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Although a first-rate investigative documentary on its own, Andrei Nekrasov's Poisoned by Polonium also serves as a sequel to 2004's Disbelief.

March 20, 2008 Full Review Source: Newsday
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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.

March 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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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

April 21, 2009 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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Has the makings of a slam-dunk documentary.

June 20, 2008 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
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A film that does an injustice to the whole chaotic situation in Eastern Europe by making it seem not just impossible, but impenetrable.

March 20, 2008 Full Review Source: AV Club
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Spreading its net too wide, this documentary lacks the smallest counterbalance, so one is not allowed a roundly informed decision. .

March 20, 2008 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
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Audience Reviews for Bunt. Delo Litvinenko (Poisoned by Polonium: The Litvinenko File) (Rebellion: The Litvinenko Case)

"Poisoned by Polonium: The Litvinenko File" is an eye-opening documentary that starts with the poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko, a former FSB agent who blew the whistle on corruption and violence in the FSB and moved to London for political asylum. Documentarian Andrei Nekrasov is in a unique position to comment on the case as he had previously befriended Litvinenko and had interviewed him on film on more than one occasion, giving an inside look at the power structure of Russia. Aside from this testimony, there is a string of circumstantial evidence linking a disturbing chain of events starting with the bombing of an apartment building in Moscow in 1999 that killed over 100 people and where the bodies of two FSB officers were found. The powers that be used this as a rationale for the murderous invasion of Chechnya and a subsequential crackdown on dissent that included the murder of journalists including Anna Politkovskaya. So while Russia has the democratic facade that make it and its former president Vladimir Putin attractive to western leaders, the reality could not be more different. In other words, new boss, same as the old boss.
September 19, 2009
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