|Directed by||Mimi Leder|
|Screenplay by||Michael Schiffer|
|Based on||"One Point Safe"|
by Andrew Cockburn and Leslie Redlich Cockburn
|Edited by||David Rosenbloom|
|Music by||Hans Zimmer|
|Distributed by||DreamWorks Pictures|
|Box office||$110.4 million|
The Peacemaker is a 1997 American action thriller film starring George Clooney, Nicole Kidman, Armin Mueller-Stahl and Aleksandr Baluev and directed by Mimi Leder. It is the first film by DreamWorks Pictures. While the story takes place all over the world, it was shot primarily in Slovakia with some sequences filmed in New York City and Philadelphia.
The basis for the film was the 1997 book One Point Safe, about the state of Russia's nuclear arsenal.
In an Eastern Orthodox church in Pale, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Bosnian Minister of Foreign Affairs is murdered after being paged to meet a colleague of a fellow member of the Bosnian Parliament outside.
At a missile base in Kartaly, Chelyabinsk Oblast, Russia, SS-18 ICBMs are being decommissioned. Ten nuclear warheads are loaded onto a train and sent to a separate site for dismantling. However, Russian Army General Aleksandr Kodoroff, along with a rogue Spetznaz unit, kills the soldiers on board the transport train and transfers nine of the warheads to another train. Kodoroff then activates the timer on the remaining warhead and sends the transport on a collision course with a passenger train. Minutes later, the 500-kiloton warhead detonates, killing thousands of civilians and delaying an investigation of the accident.
The detonation immediately attracts the attention of the US government. White House nuclear expert Dr. Julia Kelly, head of the National Security Council Nuclear Smuggling Group, believes that Chechen terrorists are behind the incident. US Army Special Forces Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Devoe interrupts her briefing to suggest that the crash and the detonation were staged to hide the hijacking of the warheads. A call to Devoe's long-time friend and Russian counterpart, FSB Colonel, Dimitri Vertikoff, adds reliability to his theory and he is assigned as Kelly's military liaison.
Kelly and Devoe secure information about the terrorist's hijacking operation through an Austrian trucking company that works as a front for the Russian Mafia. When the Mafia security at the trucking company realizes they are U.S. government personnel, they send assassins to kill them. Vertikoff is killed while he tries to pay them off. Following a car chase through Vienna, Devoe kills all of the attackers before he and Kelly escape. Information from the trucking company says that the nukes are going to Iran via a route through Azerbaijan. U.S. Spy satellites place the truck in a heavy traffic jam in Dagestan after an ongoing territorial dispute between Armenia and Azerbaijan, and Devoe uses a ruse to identify it. The satellite, tracking in real time, is able to verify its license plate which is passed on to Russian authorities in hopes of stopping the transfer to Iran.
Stopped at a Russian checkpoint, Kodoroff and his men kill all of the soldiers before escaping. Devoe then leads a US Special Operations unit from a U.S. military base in Turkey to stop them. Denied entry into Russian airspace from the Russian military, one of three pursuit helicopters is shot down by a Russian surface-to-air missile but the remaining two helicopters manage to locate the truck carrying the warheads. The helicopters fire missiles which cause Kodoroff's truck to hang perilously off of the side of a bridge. A gunfight ensues in which Kodoroff is killed and the warheads are seized. Interrogation of the surviving member of the group, a U.S. educated Pakistani nuclear scientist, reveals that one warhead was taken by another man who was able to escape before the truck was intercepted.
Further work on the information from the trucking company leads IFOR to a Sarajevo address. Inside is a video cassette of a Bosnian named Dušan Gavrić, who disclaims any allegiance in the Yugoslav Wars ("I am a Serb, a Croat, and a Muslim"), but blames other countries for supplying weapons to all sides in the war. Kelly hypothesizes that he intends to bomb a meeting at the UN headquarters in New York City after the documents are tracked as taken from the Austrian trucking company, and the city goes into lockdown. Gavrić arrives in Manhattan with the Bosnian diplomatic delegation.
A flashback shows that Gavrić wants to avenge the death of his wife and daughter, who were killed in Sarajevo during a sniper attack in the city. He and his brother are later found by DeVoe and Kelly. When his brother is killed by Devoe, a wounded and enraged Gavrić flees into a parochial school where he's seen in the church sanctuary. Devoe and Kelly confront Gavrić, who commits suicide, knowing that the bomb is set to go off in a matter of minutes and cannot be deactivated. With only seconds to spare, Dr. Kelly is able to remove part of the explosive lens shell of the bomb and to stop the primary explosion from establishing critical mass within the plutonium core. The primary explosives detonate, wrecking the church, as Devoe and Kelly dive out of a window. Kelly's manipulation of the warhead however does prevent it from detonating as a nuclear explosion.
Both Devoe and Kelly survive with minor injuries. After the nuclear incident is over, Kelly is seen swimming laps in a pool. Devoe stops by and ask her for a drink, which she accepts.
- George Clooney as Lt. Col. Thomas Devoe
- Nicole Kidman as Dr. Julia Kelly
- Marcel Iureş as Dušan Gavrić
- Aleksandr Baluev as Gen. Aleksandr Kodoroff
- Rene Medvešek as Vlado Mirić
- Randall Batinkoff as Ken
- Holt McCallany as Mark Appleton
- Armin Mueller-Stahl as Col. Dimitri Vertikoff
- Goran Višnjić as a Russian Sergeant
- Michael Boatman as Lt. Beach
- Carlos Gómez as Capt. Santiago
- Sebastian Roché as Swiss Backpacker
The film earned $41,263,140 in the US and $69,200,000 elsewhere, bringing its total to $110,463,140.
On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 43%, based on 35 reviews, with an average rating of 5.94/10. On Metacritic, the film has a score of 43 out of 100 points, based on 20 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B+" on an A+ to F scale.
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