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Checkpoint (1999)

Blokpost (original title)
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Blokpost
8 August 2000 | by (Los Angeles, USA) – See all my reviews

You can call "Blokpost" a Russian "Full Metal Jacket." It takes place in the Caucasus, presumably in Chechnya where a platoon of Russian soldiers is sent to a distant checkpoint after an accident in which a civilian has been shot. The film is a drama, but it also carries some comedic touches, which primarily focus on the soldiers' day to day interactions with each other. Otherwise, the platoon is simply trying to survive while dealing with the hostile attitude of the locals, averting an unseen sniper who constantly takes shots at them, and facing the Russian investigation committee. In fact, it seems that the investigation office at times poses more threat to the soldiers than the enemy they are supposed to fight with, especially when the general basically betrays the whole platoon. The film's ending is tragic and somewhat abrupt, which was probably done purposefully in order to heighten the unsettling feel and a bitter aftertaste. Overall, quite a good movie, though far from a masterpiece. However, it's surely worth seeing if you are interested in the subject this movie deals with.


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