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Saw the trailer a while back and thought it was cool. Watched the film today and it still is cool for a low budget Russian film.
The film lacks originality, look at it as Spiderman with a flying car(Volga to be specific) and a few bits of Iron Man action added towards the end. The story is pretty much Spiderman. But if you can look beyond those points it is enjoyable.
On the upside, all the unknowns did a good job especially the lead actor and the lovely leading lady. The CGI was above average taking into account the low budget of the film.
Overall it was cool to watch and enjoyable to a fair degree, had the story been more original I would've rated it higher.
Definitely not bad.
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