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PU-239 (2006)

PU-239 (2006)





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Movie Info

Absorbing but uneven drama about a technician (Paddy Considine) who goes to extremes to support his family after being exposed to a lethal dose of radiation in post-perestroika Russia. Radha Mitchell, Oscar Isaac. Directorial debut for screenwriter Scott Z. Burns. Adapted from a Ken Kalfus short story. Produced by George Clooney, Steven Soderbergh and Peter Berg.more
Rating: R (for language, violence, sexual content and brief drug use)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Scott Z. Burns
On DVD: Mar 25, 2008


Steven Berkoff
as Kurchatov
Irene Bagach
as Victoria
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Critic Reviews for PU-239

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (3)

Imagine anticipating a Ken Loach film and being shown a Guy Ritchie movie.

Full Review… | September 23, 2006
Top Critic

Solidly made, timely and spotlighting a fine performance by Paddy Considine.

September 13, 2006
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 23, 2012
Top Critic

a minor-key drama

Full Review… | January 1, 2008

It's a quirky mix of incompetent bureaucrats and small time gangsters trying to carve a life in the new Russia.

Full Review… | June 21, 2007
Film Scouts

This sad but intriguing premise wanes in a mish-mash of attempted Russian accents and clumsy storytelling.

December 7, 2006
Boxoffice Magazine

Audience Reviews for PU-239


To me a really good movie, maybe beacuse of the number of times I have been to Russia and seen the conditions people live in over there. Great story, feel that Russian Nuclear Submarine Sailors and Crewmen (KGB). have to live with these facts often, as I am sure the goverment sweep's them up and ships them to somewhere secret in the Motherland, most likely Northern Russia. A dissapointing ending, it just ended. Comical gand Members. A Rental. Not a Add to any collection. Would have gotten my 5 stars had it ended better. Oh Russian women are always welcome.

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

[font=Century Gothic]"PU-239" is the radioactive isotope of plutonium that Timofey(Paddy Considine) is trying to sell in the black market of Moscow, two days after being exposed to a lethal dose of radiation at the nuclear plant where he works and stole the plutonium. After the accident, he was suspended without pay and is trying to raise $30,000 to tide over his wife Marina(Radha Mitchell) and son Tolya(Danya Baryshnikov). In Moscow, he makes contact with Shiv(Oscar Isaac), a petty criminal who has problems of his own, namely him and his two cohorts(Jason Flemyng and Jordan Long) owing $6000 for burning down the wrong business while running a protection racket for their boss Tusk(Nikolaj Lie Kaas).[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]"PU-239" is a harrowing tragicomedy that focuses less on nuclear terrorism(which is cool, so I did not have to lie awake all night), then as a damning portrait of post-Communism Russia which is falling apart at the seams. While Timofey might convey the tragedy and Shiv the comedy, they are both honorable men and of similar minds concerning family, both wanting to do the right thing by their sons.(Speaking of which, the movie does a great job of detailing the perils of lacking a proper education.) Risking his life, Timofey stopped a meltdown at work while Shiv is clearly the best of a very bad lot. In the end, none of these values are exactly encouraged in present day Russia.[/font]

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

Wonderfull movie, all the characters had great dynamics...its very eye opening, the information the main character gives out...I really urge everyone to watch this...

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