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The Man Who Saved The World Review

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September 26, 1983. Soviet early-warning systems register five blips heading for its airspace, but are they American missiles or something more innocent? For a few brief moments the fate of the world rests in the hands of a humble Soviet officer called Stanislav Petrov.

★★★★★

A peculiar mix of documentary and reconstruction that never quite gels, this is a sincere tribute to Soviet colonel Stanislav Petrov, whose mistrust of a computer prevented nuclear devastation in September 1983. Footage of his 2006 US tour is surreal.

A gripping and unheralded story that doesn't quite get the telling it deserves.

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