Release Date:March 25,2008
From executive producers Steven Soderbergh and George Clooney (Syriana, Far From Heaven, Good Night, and Good Luck) and Peter Berg (The Kingdom, Lars and the Real Girl) comes HBO Films? dramatic thriller Pu-239, a gripping tale about the illegal sale of nuclear materials, an unusual friendship and the ultimate price one is willing to pay for the sake of family. Out on DVD from HBO Video on March 25, 2008, the film boasts an international cast including Paddy Considine (The Bourne Ultimatum, Cinderella Man), Radha Mitchell (Finding Neverland, Silent Hill), Oscar Isaac (The Nativity Story) and Jason Flemyng (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels). An official selection of the 2006 Toronto Film Festival, Pu-239 is inspired by a short story of the same name by acclaimed author Ken Kalfus. Writer Scott Z. Burns (The Bourne Ultimatum), who also wrote the screenplay, makes his directorial debut. Pu-239 follows the story of a devoted father and husband who labors in a deteriorating nuclear plant in post-Soviet Russia. Exposed to a deadly dose of radiation while trying to avert a plant disaster, he is made a scapegoat and finds himself with just days to live. Desperate to provide for his family, he impulsively steals a small amount of Pu-239 (weapons grade plutonium) and travels to Moscow, where he gets caught up in the city?s illegal trade of nuclear weapons and low-level mobsters. Turning to an inept, wannabe gangster to help him sell the plutonium, the unlikely duo form an awkward friendship, bonded by a shared passion for the responsibility that comes with fatherhood. Additional DVD Content Pu-239 includes a revealing audio commentary with writer/director Scott Burns and executive producer Peter Berg.