Archangel (2005, United Kingdom)

political mysteryconspiracy theories

Archangel   2005 mystery movie

Running time: 125 minutes

Language: English / Russian

Locations: the story takes place in MoscowMoscowRussia

During a international conference in Moscow British historian Dr. Christopher Kelso, who used to study in Russia, is approached by some old Russian soon after the lecture. Kelso did not put much attention to the old men since many members of the Aurora organization were protesting against Kelso and other foreigners that they try to slander Stalin and the communist past. But when the same old man approaches Kelso later in his hotel and says that he wants to share a secret with him things begin to look differently. Papu Rapava tells Kelso the story he remembered from times he worked as a guard in Kuntsevo Dacha, where Stalin died in 1953. Rapava was a witness of Lavrentiy Beria stealing a key of the dying Stalin and later burying some old notebook nearby. Kelso was not convinced with the story, since Beria was known for killing all the witnesses that could put him in trouble, so he went to a former KGB agent, Mamantov, to verify the facts. Soon after, Kelso finds Rapava’s daughter, Zinaida, hoping she can contact him with her father, but when he arrives to Rapava’s home the old man is dead.

British mystery thriller based on Richard Harris novel. Set in Moscow during the transformation of the country Archangel is a mixture of conspiracy theory, spy story and action scenes. While the main story is rather interesting the whole film was made in not the best possible way - there are some scenes that make no real difference to the story, they only make the film longer without adding anything to the quality. The mystery itself is rather obvious quite quickly, which makes the hole production rather disappointing.

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Our rating

6.0 / 10

Movie value

6 / 10

Realism factor

2 / 5

Adventure factor

4 / 5

Story complexity

3 / 5

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Creators of Archangel

Jon Jones films

Jon Jones


Robert Harris films

Robert Harris


Ian La Frenais films

Ian La Frenais


Dick Clement films

Dick Clement


Cast of Archangel

Yekaterina Rednikova films

Yekaterina Rednikova

as Zinaida Rapava

Daniel Craig films

Daniel Craig

as Dr. Christopher Kelso

Gabriel Macht films

Gabriel Macht

as RJ OBrien

Konstantin Lavronenko films

Konstantin Lavronenko

as Joseph

Lev Prygunov films

Lev Prygunov

as Mamantov

Alexey Diakov films

Alexey Diakov

as Suvorin

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Archangel quotes

Suvorin: Mr Kelso... Im totally sick of people like you throwing past in our faces. And Im sick of people like Mamontov trying to make Gods out of monsters.

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