While Rosamund Pike is a solid actress, there was little she could do to make “Radioactive” glow. Pike capably plays Nobel-prize winner Marie Curie and goes through all the paces as the brilliant and plainspoken woman that defied her times by not just being a scientist, but being a good one.
The film’s greatest flaw is that it is overpacked with narrative: the veil of mourning that shrouds her following the death of her mother, her single-mindedness, her loves, her scientific struggles, her fear. But added to all this is the future-casting of how her work toward the discoveries of radium and polonium affected groundbreaking work in health care and the development of the atomic bomb. Scenes of atomic bomb testing and cancer treatments detail the dangers and gifts inherent in her discoveries, but add little to the storyline. Even so, it’s not a bad way to spend some time learning about one of the more fascinating women of the 20th century.
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