If you haven’t already seen the documentary War Games and the Man Who Stopped Them then you’ve gotta see it.
On Friday nigh the film made its Hot Docs premiere to a packed house at the Royal Ontario Museum.
The film tells the story of a Polish spy (Colonel Ryszard Kukliński) who some believe prevented a nuclear holocaust by helping to avert WWIII. YouNxt did a full preview of this film so if you’d like to find out more have a read.
One of the first shots in the film is one in which an older Ryszard Kukliński attends a crowded ceremony at a special memorial. He is surrounded by a handful of heavily armed bodyguards. They stick to him like glue. The shot tells it all; this man is important and somebody wants him dead. It’s a fascinating introduction to a fascinating story.
War Games is a film with universal consequences. Essentially, it lays the groundwork for a Cold War showdown between NATO and Warsaw Pact forces and explains exactly what a World War III scenario would have looked like. We then learn how the work of Ryszard Kukliński prevented all of this.
Director Dariusz Jablonski made the film in a very accessible way and so you never get lost in all the complexities of the Cold War. Throughout the story you learn bits of information that are completely captivating and facts that you might have never heard about. For instance, did you know that Polish soldiers were present during the war in Vietnam? They were and Kukliński was there too.