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Polish spy thriller Jack Strong on DVD in February

16 December 2014

It sounds like the title of a Hollywood actioner starring a younger Arnold Swazenegger or even Tom Cruise (Jack Reacher's even more violent cousin, perhaps?), but 2014 spy thriller Jack Strong originated in Poland. It was directed by Wladyslaw Pasikowski, he of Katyn (really worth seeing if you've not managed to catch it) and Aftermath, and stars Marcin Dorocinski (The Mighty Angel), Maja Ostaszewska (The Pianist, Katyn) and Patrick Wilson (Prometheus, The Conjuring).

Jack Strong is the true story of a man who dared to challenge the Soviet Union during the cold war. While planning the maneuvers of the Warsaw Pact forces, Polish army Colonel Ryszard Kuklinski had access to top secrets. From these he learned that the American nuclear counterattack against Soviet forces is planned to be executed on Polish territory. Thanks to his determination, he starts a long, lonely and psychologically exhausting cooperation with CIA. From that very moment the life of his family and his own is in constant danger and one careless move may lead to tragedy.

English language reviews are a little thin on the ground at the moment, but those we've been able to track down have been seriously enthusiastic, with Eye for Film calling it "an excellent Cold War thriller" and Twitch Film describing it as "an engrossing and full-bodied spy thriller, kept in a visual style that's always in exact harmony with the times that it depicts." Cool.

Jack Strong will be released on UK DVD only (boo!) on 23rd February 2015 by Metrodome Distribution at the RRP of £14.99.

No extra features have been listed. Boo to this too.