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The Half Life of Timofey Berezin (PU-239)

The Half Life of Timofey Berezin (PU-239) (2006)

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First-time writer/director Scott Burns spins this suspenseful yarn about a nuclear technician who has a curious encounter with a notoriously violent Russian gangster (Nikolaj Lie Kaas). The year is 1995, and Timofey (Paddy Considine) is a nuclear power-plant worker in post-Soviet Russia. After being exposed to dangerous levels of radiation while working to avert a disaster, Timofey discovers that the authorities have deliberately misled him about the severity of his exposure, and that he will

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Mar 25, 2008

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

September 23, 2006 Full Review Source: Variety
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Solidly made, timely and spotlighting a fine performance by Paddy Considine.

September 13, 2006
Hollywood Reporter
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a minor-key drama

January 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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It's a quirky mix of incompetent bureaucrats and small time gangsters trying to carve a life in the new Russia.

June 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Scouts
Film Scouts

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

December 7, 2006
Boxoffice Magazine

The film is undone by sloppy plotting, over-deliberate writing and a few terrible ebbs in tone.

September 23, 2006 Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY
eye WEEKLY

A surprisingly funny tale of a man dying from radiation poisoning.

September 14, 2006
Planet Sick-Boy

Audience Reviews for The Half Life of Timofey Berezin (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.
April 21, 2008
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Bruce Bruce

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[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]
December 10, 2008
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Walter M.

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