Archangel (2005) Movie Review

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Archangel (2005)

2005 | R | Thriller, Drama, Mystery, Crime
133 minutes / 2h 13min

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Archangel Plot Synopsis:

Set in contemporary Moscow and the frozen northern town of Archangel, the drama revisits the stark landscape of Communist Russia and takes place over four days in the life of academic Fluke Kelso. His fateful meeting with a former Stalinist bodyguard leads to the uncovering of one of the world's most dangerous and best kept secrets. He is led unwittingly through murder and intrigue towards his own personal "Holy Grail" - Joseph Stalin's secret legacy - a legacy that could change the face of Russian history forever.

Archangel (2005) Review

Archangel (2005) is a UK drama mystery crime TV movie that is based on author Robert Harris novel by the same name. Director Jon Jones (When I’m Sixty-Four (2004), Northanger Abbey (2007), Going Postal (2010)) did a great job with this TV movie. Jon Jones did an incredible job introducing us to each character. I would not recommend this movie although I gave it a five because it was a little dull.


Archangel is about Christopher going on a search mission to find the deceased dictator’s secret son who turns out to be not so average. Professor Christopher Fluke Kelso (Daniel Craig - Skyfall (2012), Casino Royale (2006), The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011), Quantum of Solace (2008)) is a historian professor met who Papu Rapava at a conference in Moscow. Papu Rapava (Valery Chernyak) told Christopher that he was there when dictator Josef Stalin (Avtandil Makharadze - Repentance (1984), 13 Tzameti (2005), Rcheuli (1991)) died, and Lavrenty Beria hid Joseph’s secret diary. Soviet Communist Party dictator Josef Stalin died on March 2, 1953, ending an era in Soviet history that were good and bad for some people. Papu said that he knew that he is still being spied on and will not go to the secret diary to reveal its location. He told Christopher that he stayed in Kolyma for several years so that he can keep away from all who seeks to torture him to find the location of the book. Christopher went in search of the secret diary after Papu was captured and beaten to death because he refused to reveal the location of the book. Christopher found the secret diary/book that Papu gave his daughter before being captured. Stalin’s secret diary contains who is the mother to his secret son and also the heir. Christopher found Josef’s secret son in Arkhangelsk. Stalin’s son looks exactly like him and stays in a cabin that has a lot of things that belong to his father. Stalin’s son is not as innocent as he looks as he has killed the agents that took care of him.

Stalin’s son thinks he is at the age to govern his country and leaves his hidden place to board a train that goes to Moscow. What follows was unexpected, and you will have to watch the movie. The acting, set and style of the film was good.

  • Archangel Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 5
  • Overall Score: 5.98
  • IMDB: 6.5

About Archangel 2005

Title: Archangel
Year: 2005
Runtime: 133 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Thriller, Drama, Mystery, Crime
Reviewer:
Score: 2.5 / 5 stars
Published:
Avg. Rating: 2.99/5 stars from 4,699 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 4,699
MPAA Rating: R
Archangel Cast Starring: Daniel Craig, Harry Ditson, Elena Butenko, Leonids Lencs, Kseniya Entelis, Aris Rozentals, Yekaterina Rednikova, Dmitry Palejes, Kristina Brize, Gabriel Macht, Rostislav Lavrentev, Normunds Berzs, Lev Prygunov, Guntis Pilsums, Normunds Laizans, Alexey Diakov, Rezija Kalnina, Ivo Martinsons, Imbi Strenga, Ervand Arzumanyan, Tanya Moodie, Konstantin Lavronenko, Aleksey Khardikov, Avtandil Makharadze, Lyudmila Golubeva, Anna Gerasimova, Igor Filippov, Claudia Harrison, Juris Strenga, Kaspars Zvigulis
Archangel Writers: Robert Harris, Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais
Archangel Director: Jon Jones
Production: MTI Home Video
Language: English, Russian
Country: UK