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The mix of the intensely personal with the global keeps "The Man Who Saved the World" from feeling too politically preachy.
Even if it does feature Lt. Col. Stanislav Petrov visiting America to be feted at the United Nations and rubbing elbows with glitterati, the film is a disingenuous, thoroughly dramatized reenactment at best and a reality show at worst.
"I was just at the right place at the right time," Mr. Petrov says, a simple truth that becomes shocking when considering the alternative. For that alone, this account of a Cold War near miss deserves a wide audience.
Petrov is such a potent figure that he survives the heavy-handedness, but he is in some ways best served by Sergey Shnyryov's fantastic rendering of him in flashback.
The present and the past are smoothly sutured together by deft editing and an insistently mournful string score, although it's sometimes a bit repetitive.
A nail-biting Cold War story, but this doc isn't as gripping as it should be.
The Man Who Saved The World is a humbling, inspirational and entertaining documentary that everyone should and must watch and it is more relevant today than ever before.
If Petrov can be irritable, The Man Who Saved The World reveals he can just as easily be endearing.
The Man Who Saved the World remains an interesting and unique telling of an important story.
An idiosyncratic portrait of a man whose life went to hell after he did the planet a major favor.
Reconstructions of the fateful night in 1983 and of Petrov's subsequent bereavement and descent into depression add dramatic colour but little insight.
Meet the crotchety, bitter old man who, back in 1983 as a crotchety, bitter younger man, refused to initiate global nuclear war. A true story!
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