Into Eternity; A Movie About Nuclear Waste Permanent Repository Issues

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Into Eternity (film)

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Into Eternity
Directed by Michael Madsen
Produced by Lise Lense-Møller
Written by Michael Madsen
Starring Carl Reinhold Bråkenhjelm, Mikael Jensen, Berit Lundqvist
Cinematography Heikki Färm
Editing by Daniel Dencik, Stefan Sundlöf
Distributed by Films Transit International
Release date(s)
  • 6 January 2010
Running time 75 minutes
Country ‹See Tfd› Denmark
Language English
Into Eternity is a feature documentary film directed by Danish director Michael Madsen, released in 2010.[1] It follows the construction of the Onkalo Waste Repository at the Olkiluoto Nuclear Power Plant on the island of Olkiluoto, Finland. Director Michael Madsen questions Onkalo’s intended eternal existence, addressing an audience in the remote future.
Into Eternity raises the question of the authorities’ responsibility of ensuring compliance with relatively new safety criteria legislation and the principles at the core of nuclear waste management.[2]
When shown on the British More4 digital television channel on 26 April 2011, the name Nuclear Eternity was used.[3]

Into Eternity is a documentary about a deep geological repository for nuclear waste. The concept of long-term underground storage for radioactive waste has been explored since the 1950s. The inner part of the Russian doll-like storage canisters is to be composed of copper. Hence in the case of Onkalo it is tightly linked to experiments on copper corrosion in running groundwater flow.


Application for the implementation of spent nuclear fuelrepository was submitted by Posiva Oy in 2001. The excavation itself started in 2004. With a total of four operable reactors providing 25% of the country’s energy supply, Finland ranks 16th in the world nuclear power reactors country list topped by the United States (104 reactors) and France (58 reactors).


This film explores the question of preparing the site so that it is not disturbed for 100,000 years, even though no structure in human history has stayed standing for such a long period of time.
“Every day, the world over, large amounts of high-level radioactive waste created by nuclear power plants is placed in interim storage, which is vulnerable to natural disastersman-made disasters, and societal changes. In Finland, the world’s first permanent repository is being hewn out of solid rock – a huge system of underground tunnels – that must last the entire period the waste remains hazardous: 100,000 years.”
Once the repository waste has been deposited and is full, the facility is to be sealed off and never opened again. Or so we hope, but can we ensure that? And how is it possible to warn our descendants of the deadly waste we left behind? How do we prevent them from thinking they have found the Giza pyramids of our time, mystical burial grounds, hidden treasures? Which languages and signs will they understand? And if they understand, will they respect our instructions?
Experts above ground strive to find solutions to this crucially important radioactive waste issue to secure mankind and all species on planet Earth now and in the near and very distant future.”


The film received overall positive reviews from Swedish film critics, with an average score of 3.6 of 5 according to[4] Praise was given for the suggestive presentation of the daunting task of communicating the dangers of nuclear waste far into the future, as well as the great dangers of handling the by-products of nuclear energy.[5] At the same time, the same presentation was criticized by Dagens Nyheterfor “numbing” the viewer by being exaggerated or even over-simplified.[6]


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Variety, “Finland Nuclear Energy Act (1987)”. Retrieved July 3, 2009.
  3. ^ “Nuclear Eternity”More4. Channel 4. Retrieved 26 April 2011.
  4. ^ Kritiker.seInto Eternity; based on 7 reviews.
  5. ^ Gentele, Jeanette, “Into Eternity” [2]Svenska Dagbladet, 2 September 2010.
  6. ^ Gezelius, Kerstin, “Into Eternity”[3]Dagens Nyheter, 3 September 2010.

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Documentary films


The Day After became known for its realistic representation of nuclear war and groundbreaking special effects for a television movie.

  • Broken Arrow (1996) A film about two friends in the United States Air Force, who become bitter enemies after one of them steals two nuclear weapons and gives the U.S. Government an ultimatum: Either pay a very huge ransom, or he will destroy a major U.S. city.
  • By Dawn’s Early Light (HBO, 1990) — About rogue Soviet military officials framing NATO for a nuclear attack in order to spark a full-blown nuclear war.
  • Countdown to Looking Glass (HBO, 1984) — A film that presents a simulated news broadcast about a nuclear war.
  • Crimson Tide (1995) A suspenseful drama about a nuclear submarine, and the mutiny of its captain, regarding decisions on whether to launch a nuclear missile.
  • Damnation Alley (20th Century Fox, 1977) — Surprise attack launched on the United States, and the subsequent efforts of a small band of survivors in California to reach another group of survivors in Albany, New York.
  • The Day The Earth Caught Fire (1961) A drama about nuclear tests that throw the Earth off its course around the Sun, dooming it unless scientists can find a way to reverse the change, and a news team that covers the affair.
  • Dirty War (BBC/HBO, 2004)–Follows the journey of a radioactive isotope into England, where it is ultimately turned into multiple dirty bombs and denoted in central London. Meanwhile, the city of London conducts preparedness drills for a possible terrorist attack
  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) — A black comedy film that satirizes the Cold War and the threat of nuclear warfare.
  • Fail-Safe (1964) — A film based on a novel of the same name about an American bomber crew and nuclear tensions.
  • Fail-Safe (CBS, 2000) — A remake of the 1964 film.
  • Godzilla (1954) – Atomic tests in the South Pacific awaken a giant, prehistoric monster that threatens to destroy Japan.
  • K-19: The Widowmaker (2002) — Covers the Soviet submarine K-19 nuclear accident.
  • Miracle Mile (1988) — A film about two lovers in Los Angeles leading up to a nuclear war.
  • On the Beach, 1959 film depicting a gradually dying, post-apocalyptic world in Australia that remained after a nuclear Third World War.
  • On the Beach (Showcase, 2000) — A remake of the 1959 film.
  • Planet of the Apes (1968) depicts Earth after being destroyed in a nuclear war.
  • Silkwood (1983) was inspired by the true-life story of Karen Silkwood, who died in a suspicious car accident while investigating alleged wrongdoing at the Kerr-McGee plutonium plant where she worked.[1]
  • Special Bulletin (1983) A very gripping NBC drama about some anti-nuke activists who ironically threaten to detonate a nuclear device in Charleston, South Carolina.
  • Testament (PBS, 1983) — Depicts the after-effects of a nuclear war in a town near San Francisco, California.
  • The Children’s Story (1982) short film, which originally aired on TV’s Mobil Showcase, depicts the first day of indoctrination of an elementary school classroom by a new teacher, representing a totalitarian government that has taken over the United States. It is based on the 1960 short story of the same name by James Clavell.
  • The China Syndrome has been described as a “gripping 1979 drama about the dangers of nuclear power” which had an extra impact when the real-life accident at the Three Mile Island nuclear plantoccurred several weeks after the film opened. Jane Fonda plays a TV reporter who witnesses a near-meltdown (the “China syndrome” of the title) at a local nuclear plant, which was averted by a quick-thinking engineer, played by Jack Lemmon. The plot suggests that corporate greed and cost-cutting “have led to potentially deadly faults in the plant’s construction”.[2]
  • The Day After (1983) — This made-for-television-movie by ABC that depicts the consequences of a nuclear war in Lawrence, Kansas and the surrounding area.
  • The Manhattan Project (1986) — Though not about a nuclear war, it was seen as a cautionary tale.
  • The Sacrifice (Sweden, 1986) — A philosophical drama about nuclear war.
  • The Sum of All Fears (film) (2002) — A tale of terrorists’ attempts to cause a nuclear war between the U.S. and Russia.
  • The War Game (BBC, 1965) — Depicts the effects of a nuclear war in Britain following a conventional war that escalates to nuclear war.
  • Threads (BBC, 1984) — A film that is set in the British city of Sheffield and shows the long-term results of a nuclear war on the surrounding area.
  • Under Siege (1992) Movie about arms dealers who take over a U.S. Navy battleship, and attempt to sell the ship’s nuclear-tipped Tomahawk Cruise Missiles on the black market.
  • WarGames (1983) — About a young computer hacker that accidentally hacks into a defense computer and risks starting a nuclear war.
  • When the Wind Blows (1986) — An animated film about an elderly British couple in a post-nuclear war world.

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