On the threshold of 22nd century, furrowing the space, protagonist from the Free Search Group makes emergency landing on an unknown planet where he must stay. People who are living on this ...
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Maxim Kammerer fights for his love and freedom. He leads a rebel movement challenging the five greedy rulers. One of the rulers, Strannik, knows how dangerous Maxim can be. He makes up his ... See full summary »
Russia, early 90s. A fictional story inspired by financier Sergey Mavrodi, his securities company "MMM", and the pyramid scheme he ran that left upwards of fifteen million investors with nothing when it crashed.
The story is about a young single mother who is compelled to make her way at risk of her life to Ckhinvali, where her son is, whom she had sent there on the eve of the conflict. The film ... See full summary »
The film is based on the second book from the Adventures of Erast Petrovich Fandorin series of novels written by the Russian author Boris Akunin. The film takes place in 1877 during the ... See full summary »
In a small Russian town, there is a Research Institute for magic. One of the witches, Alyona Sanina, is going to marry a guy named Ivan Puhov (not a magician). A jealous Apollon Sataneev ... See full summary »
A very typical post-Soviet era storyline. Three young men lured an innocent teenage girl to their apartment, offered her a drink, intimidated then gang raped her. Local cops are incapable ... See full summary »
On the threshold of 22nd century, furrowing the space, protagonist from the Free Search Group makes emergency landing on an unknown planet where he must stay. People who are living on this planet have remained at the stone level of the 20th century, with its social problems, miserable ecology and shaky world... Written by
The film was a relative commercial failure. Despite grossing around $30 million from two parts summarily and ranking among the top-grossing films of Russia's modern cinema, it didn't repay its budget of $36 million. The movie was released for home video very shortly after it exited theatres. According to Fedor Bondarchuk, this helped the film to become profitable eventually. See more »
When Zef arrests Maxim, he orders young man to drop his belt, and he does. In next scene, we see Maxim still wearing his belt. See more »
The year 2157, the Noon of Mankind. Armed with the Great Theory of Upbringing, people have forgotten about wars, hunger and terrorism. Nature lives again. A breakthrough in medicine has set people free from illnesses, allowing them to use hidden resources of the human body. Earthlings are reclaiming distant planets. New generations have risen, for whom search in deep space is a routine matter. Young earthlings are brave, strong and naive. They think they are capable of everything.
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The original book is a classic in Russia, and contains enough material (and in high enough quality) to create a Start Wars-like series of films. What was done instead was extremely fast-paced bullet-point-like re-telling of the classic story. No suspense, no tension that was present at all stages in the book.
The screenplay sticks to the original dialogue almost verbatim. A serious mistake in my view: the director seems to be afraid of the book fans, and doesn't dare to touch anything in the original. But the original dialogue was backed by a lot of description of internal thinking of the heroes - which cannot be shown on the screen. The result - the storyline is flat and uninteresting, instead of the intriguing and fascinating story in the book.
The actors' play is a total fiasco - except, maybe Strannik ("Strider")
but his role is relatively simple. Everybody else looks like they're
reading from a phone book - which probably has to do with the fact that the dialogues were left as-is, see above.
I do appreciate the effort to create an "exoplanet" look of everyday things (cars, glasses, forks, plates, food, clothes etc). The things created would be unusable, but had the desired unusual look.
Overall, disappointing, and leaves a taste of a missed opportunity.
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