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Checkpoint (1999)
"Blokpost" (original title)

 -  Drama | Romance | War  -  October 1999 (USA)
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Definitely worth a look
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Blokpost stands out among recent features from Russia bridging the gap between the few artsies and an overflow of low-end thrillers. The script is decent as is the acting (apart from Buldakov's). Mebby I had too much of Bodrov Jr. lately but it's a pleasure to find that there are young Russian actors who can sound differently on different occasions throughout the movie. The movie is a story of a platoon of Russian Army, stationed in an unnamed but recognizeable rebel province, where it is to emulate peacekeepers and to provide military presence for "Moscow" at the same time. The storyline spans less than a couple of weeks spent on a remote outpost (blokpost) where the soldiers are given the task of checking locals for weapons. Platoon is largely forgotten apart from the investigation for the shooting of a civilian and a rebel sniper nearby. The story is somewhat wittingly narrated by one of the soldiers, the Bones (Skelet) but is filmed as a third-person view. As was noted by some the ending is quite predictable, and the not very cunningly hang rifle (an SVU in this case) shoots right where it's supposed to in full compliance with Chekhov's formula. But overall the movie is definitely worth a look.


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