While attending a conference in Moscow, the key speaker and prominent historian Christopher “Fluke” Kelso is approached by an old man who claim to have been present when Stalin died. It’s enough to perk Fluke’s interest and topple the first domino in this fast paced alternative history thrill ride.
Being led on a wild goose chase to find an elusive piece of history that could place him back in the international spotlight – as well as net him a huge fortune – Fluke has to run the gauntlet of people wanting to kill him, use him and occasionally help him.
But figuring out who to trust and who to run from gets ever more harder the further into Russia’s frozen regions Fluke travels.
Based on the Robert Harris novel of the same name, Archangel may be a cheap made for television mini-series, but the source material makes for a well paced, strangely compelling story of intrigue and politics. Daniel Craig proves his chops in a role that seems effortless to him, though it seems strange to see him in a TV role after recent prominent movies, though bearing in mind this was originally screened in 2005 before he became Bond it doesn’t seem quite so odd.
Filmed in Russia with some credible local talent, the wintery desolation gives an impression of widespread hopelessness that aids the climatic scenes of the conspiracy.
A well thought out little thriller.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read
Rating: M – Contains violence,sexual references and offensive language
Released on: February 17th, 2009
Year of Original Release: 2005
Stars: Daniel Craig, Yekaterina Rednikova, Gabriel Macht, Lev Prygunov, Alexey Diakov, Harry Ditson, Tanya Moodie, Avtandil Makharadze, Anna Gerasimova, Claudia Harrison, Aurelija Anuzhite, Ziedonis Lochmelis
Length (Minutes): 131
Media Format: DVD
Supported Audio: Dolby Digital Surround 2.0
Director: Jon Jones
Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment