This story of Marie Curie blends biopic with fictional clips of how radium has affected the world, both good (radiation therapy) and ill (Hiroshima, Chernobyl). While the clips are interesting and pulled at my curiosity, Radioactive would have been a more powerful biopic without them. But I guess the producers thought a story about a woman scientist wouldn’t be intriguing enough on it’s own. I think it would.
As Marie, Rosamund Pike delivers an incredible performance, and it’s always wonderful to see Anya Taylor-Joy onscreen (as the 18 year old Irene Curie).
Come for the amazing performances, stay for the beautiful art direction, and a look at late 19th/early 20th century science, and a woman who led the charge.
Available for steaming on Amazon Prime.