Decent Russian Replica of Western Action-No-Brainers
The quality of the movie is technically very good, it is well funded, has some not-so-bad actors, a good camera, cut, and so on. As Russian directors and producers are often very inventive and precise in pulling out a maximum from a limited budget, this movie is in technical terms comparable with modern western productions. Pacing is fast enough, characters more or less are sympathetic and interesting.
The story itself, well, it isn't exactly a piece of art. The whole movie seems to be made with the thought 'Hey, we are poor but we can do the same like the rich with a fraction of their cost', where I have to add, ' and with more brutality'. Brutality against someone who may deserve it, even a high ranking mobster and brain for illegal financial transaction of the Russian mob, is unfortunately a main occurrence in this movie, otherwise I would have given it a six. Primarily the movie says to me that brutes from Russia are more brute than ours, even if they are the good ones. I'm OK with that, so I give a five.
For a optimum enjoyment of the time with the movie, there have several cans of beer to be involved, I assume. However, without the beer, this action flick has drive enough to hold one till the foreseeable end. At least, here the hero does not (so often) escape some 30000 bullets only with sheer luck, but with supreme fighting and shooting skills. On the other hand, he is capable to defeat five to ten shooters at once. Such a man would be paid appropriately even in Russia - simply by getting a high rank.
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