Radioactive

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Rosamund Pike, Yvette Feuer, Mirjam Novak, Sam Riley

Directed by: Marjane Satrapi

After the death of her beloved husband, Marie Curie’s commitment to science remains strong as she tries to explain previously unknown radioactive elements. But it soon becomes terrifyingly evident that her work could lead to applications in medicine that could save thousands of lives — or applications in warfare that could destroy them by the billions.

Marie Curie is a legend in the worlds of both science and modern medicine. We all know that without her and her husband, Pierre Curie, that what we know as chemotherapy, radiotherapy, x-rays, MRI’s and CT scans that millions before us would not have had as much time. But in the shadows of this great discovery, there is also the bad side of radioactive particles. Without their work the A-bomb that fell upon Hiroshima during the second world war would not have happened, the Chernobyl disaster of 1986 and the subsequent fallout would not have happened, saving millions from the horrors that these charged particles can create.

During this movie, we learn of the Edwardian era sexism that hindered young Marie’s research and ultimate removal from her laboratory that she studied chemistry. But when she meets Pierre, they begin a partnership that lead to the discovery of polonium and radium. However, unknown to those who worked with these elements did not know the inevitable consequence of cancer, cell breakdown and death.

It’s a unique look at the turmoil that comes with any great discovery, there is always a chance that it can also harm. With every advancement comes a history of failure. The movie made this complex discovery easier to understand for everyone.

Rosamund Pike portrayed Madam Curie wonderfully. With her determination to find a way to help humanity but internal battle of delusion that the elements she and her late husband found were not harmful and the anger she felt because of the dismissal she had for her gender.

Sam Riley was an excellent choice for his role as Mr Curie. He was able to make the audience feel his admiration and love for his wife, the amazement of Marie’s extraordinary mind and the fear he felt leading up to his sudden death.

The end scenes of this movie were done wonderfully, paying respect to Marie Curie, Pierre Curie and all those who both were saved by her discovery and those who suffered.

Some may find this a little confused as to the direction it wanted to go. It went off in many directions, personal struggles, relationship turmoil, scientific breakthroughs and some jumps to other times in history.

However, I felt like this was necessary. any life is not so straight forward, it takes turns to different issues every day and this was no different in the 1890’s and beyond.

In conclusion, I felt that this was a good movie. It was done with respect for the Curie’s, their family and everyone who has suffered or benefitted from their research with a fitting cast for the extraordinary legacy.


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