Kate: What is Poison Polonium 204? Does it exist for real?

DISCOVER ALL THE NEWS ABOUT POISON POLONIUM 204 FROM THE MOVIE KATE ON NETFLIX! EFFECT, REAL-LIFE AND MORE.

Kate is available on Netflix! If you want to know everything about the Polonium 204 poison, read on! The high-intensity female action movie Kate stars the titular Mary Elizabeth Winstead as she takes revenge across Tokyo, Japan. To find out if a sequel will see the light of day, read this.

Directed by C├ędric Nicolas-Troyan, Kate finds herself poisoned by a radioactive substance that leaves her only 24 hours to live. We explore the poison, Polonium-204, which is the substance used on Kate in the movie, and we break down its compounds and effects on the human body.

WHAT IS POLONIUM 204 POISON?

Polonium is a chemical element and a highly radioactive metal, the chemical structure of which is similar to that of selenium and tellurium.

DOES POISON POLONIUM 204 EXIST IN REAL LIFE?

Yes, Kate's poison is real. Sort of. Polonium is an extremely dangerous chemical element that was discovered by Marie and Pierre Curie in 1898. In the 20th and 21st centuries, lethal doses of polonium were used in at least one intentional poisoning: the murder of Alexander Litvinenko, an elder Russian spy who had defected to the UK, to whom two ex-Russian security agents administered a lethal dose of polonium 210.

When Kate learns she has been poisoned, she thinks it may be Polonium-210, which appears to be the most common form of radioactive material. The poisoning example above and the CDC's polonium information page all appear to cite polonium-210, not polonium-204.

Kate's writers chose to use a less common form of the substance to have more leeway to play quickly and freely with the facts of the poisoning.

Rest assured, if you were given a lethal dose of radiation, you probably wouldn't be able to take down seven gunmen, no matter how many steroids you took.

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