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In future Moscow, where corporate brands have created a disillusioned population, one man's effort to unlock the truth behind the conspiracy will lead to an epic battle with hidden forces that control the world.

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Mariya Ignatova ...
Master of Ceremony (as Maria Ignatova)
Roman Petrenko ...
Anastasiya Nefedova ...
Fast Food Executive #2 (as Anastasia Nefedova)
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John Laskowski ...
Douglas A. Reno ...
Fast Food Executive #5 (as Douglas Reno)
Gary Brierley ...
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Pavel (as Andrei Kaikov)
Viktoriya Popova ...
Screaming Woman (as Viktoria Popova)
Jamie Bradshaw ...
Mr. Johnson
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Yuri Nikolaevich (scenes deleted) (as Viktor Verzhbitsky)
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Storyline

The film starts with documentary-style flashbacks showing Misha's rise to a powerful marketing executive. Now in Moscow 2017, Misha is a powerful marketing executive working to spread Western brands, and like the businesses he works for nothing will stop him in his greed, until the imprisonment and death of an overweight girl undergoing extensive plastic surgery to become skinny. Following a vision in which Misha sacrifices a heifer to God, he begins to receive strange visions depicting the brands control over people. He returns to work and guided by these visions, Misha attempts to stop the growth of the brands in post-Communist Russia by encouraging the brand to attack each other in their advertising campaigns. There is some debate whether Misha believes that the worship of global brands is Idolatry and his visions depicting the brands are controlling people causing them to sin, or whether his belief is that monopoly is evil and his intention is to create a Western style free-market...

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Crack the code. Take back your mind.


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Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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7 September 2012 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$240,565 (USA) (7 September 2012)

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$353,468 (USA) (28 September 2012)
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The advertising campaign for the movie included 100 QR codes, four of which can be found on the movie poster. See more »

Goofs

In two shots we see the list of brands that Misha is crossing out, he crosses out "Burger" with two lines. Later, when he is crossing out other brands, "Burger" has only one line through it. See more »

Quotes

Bob: [getting drunk] It's not a real burger, Misha, if I can't have extra ketchup. It's just a fucking... it's a fucking facade. This whole country is just like one Hollywood back lot, fucking, facade. And it's a really shitty made one, at that.
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Spoofs Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (2003) See more »

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Written by Jacques Slade & Lamar Van Sciver
Performed by Jacques Slade
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Destined To Become A Cult Classic
14 October 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I just saw _Branded_ and came here to IMDb and was shocked at all of the negative reviews. Other reviews go into the plot and so forth, so I won't do that here. I guess I can understand some of the criticism: the pacing in _Branded_ is uneven, at times a bit slow, which probably doesn't sit well with contemporary movie audiences who want 90+ minutes of non-stop action. But if you can appreciate the pacing involved in telling a good story (think Kubrick or Lynch), then I think you'll appreciate _Branded_.

I think this movie will become a cult classic ala _Liquid Sky_, _Repo Man_, or _Idiocracy_ - it is that rarest of things, a film with an original tale that is well-told. I've not seen a trailer for the film, but I get the idea that the trailer does not accurately reflect the movie itself, which may lead some to disappointment. But if you watch _Branded_ with an open mind and just open yourself up to the story, I think you'll find it a memorable and enjoyable experience. I fancy myself to be something of a connoisseur of quirky science fiction and fantasy movies, and I thoroughly enjoyed this film.


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