A British biographical film, Radioactive is a film on Marie Curie, a chemist physicist and two-time Nobel Prize winner. The film was first premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2019 but is all set to release on March 20, 2020, in the UK and on April 24, 2020, in the USA.
However, due to the Corona pandemic, the movie has been pushed back. There are no official dates for the delayed-release. This film is explicitly based on the novel by Lauren Redniss.
Thrilling Trailer and Lead Cast:
The official trailer of Radioactive was released in February 2020. It is equally chilling and exciting. Directed by Marjane Satrapi, the film stars Rosamund Pike as Marie Curie, the lead actress. Along with her, Sam Riley stars as Pierre Curie, Marie’s husband. Other actors that are included in this narrative are Cara Bossom, Simon Russell, Tim Woodward, Anya Taylor-Joy, and Mirjam Novak.
What Is Radioactive About?
The story revolves around the ups-and-downs of the life of Polish-French scientist Marie Curie. Her struggles in a patriarchal world, including her scientific accolades and personal relationships, this movie delves deep into her life before and after marriage with Pierre Curie. Marie’s journey to Paris as a Polish immigrant in the 1890s to becoming the first woman professor at the University of Paris is brilliantly presented in the story.
Marie Curie’s life was an unorthodox one. Through different struggles, personal losses, and the discovery of radium and polonium, Marie wasn’t seemingly a nice person. Though Satrapi has thoroughly tried to navigate the major groundbreaking points in her life, the dangers that she and Pierre’s research prevailed are not expressed.
Moreover, the disgruntled direction of events in a simultaneous action to Marie Curie’s life disrupts the flow of the movie. However, Pike’s portrayal of the scientist is compelling. She justifies the position of women in a satiric misogynistic society during social, economic, and political conflicts.
Since the movie has already been premiered at TIFF, Rotten Tomatoes has given 64% and 5.71/10 ratings for the film. Kate Taylor of The Globe and Mail concluded:
“….the viewer may decide she’d rather read a comic book.”