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Effectively written and directed by Wladyslaw Pasikowski, the Polish- and English-language film stars Marcin Dorocinski as Kuklinski (code name: Jack Strong), a colonel who had played a significant role in the Warsaw Pact 1968 invasion of Czechoslovakia.
Concerned that Moscow's martial law plans and nuclear weapon strategies could ignite a firestorm between the Soviets and NATO, with Poland potentially becoming another Hiroshima in the process, Kuklinski starts passing along strategic military information to CIA operations officer David Forden (
Naturally, there's a personal cost incurred with Kuklinski's daring deeds, and as Poland's counterintelligence factions realize there's a mole in their midst, filmmaker Pasikowski proceeds to turn the screws ever more tightly, with the resulting tension beginning to register on the face of the film's tight-lipped protagonist.
With its solid performances, nice attention to period detail and a foreboding rumble of a symphonic score by Jan Duszynski, "Jack Strong" adds a unique Eastern Bloc POV to the enduring Cold War movie arsenal.
No MPAA rating.
Running time: 2 hours, 8 minutes.
Playing: Opens Saturday at Arena Cinema, Hollywood.
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