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[seeing Kelso captive and aimed]
You should have got on that plane, professor.
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While watching this film I kept thinking of the Forbes journalist Paul Klebnikov who wrote about political and economic matters in Russia and got very close to the inner circle of Oligarchs and then was eventually assassinated.
He was the editor for Forbes in Russia and was shot while leaving the office one night. Transported to the hospital in an ambulance with no oxygen, upon arrival the elevator broke down while being taken to surgery.
Though the main character played by Craig in this film is not shot, he comes close to getting assassinated.
This is a very interesting film if you are into the political history of Russia. But it is slow at times and everyone is a bit too aloof, so the character development is shallow.
But it's a good film in other respects. Seven stars.
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