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Achim von Borries
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Granted, the movie does contain ideas and motives from other superhero movies, yet the Russian cast has managed to present the story in whole new light.
One thing that makes this movie more interesting is the fact that the action takes place at a different location - Russia (Moscow), not the well-known USA (Manhattan). Other things that differs from the majority of the created movies nowadays are the ways that characters express their emotions and the believes / principles they have.
On the negative side there are moments with poor computer graphic effects and impossible physics which has had a negative influence on my vote.
Overall this movie managed to keep me watching till the end. I can't say the same for other movies that seem to have higher ratings.
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