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August. Eighth (2012)
"Avgust. Vosmogo" (original title)

R  |   |  Action, Drama, Fantasy  |  21 February 2012 (Russia)
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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 »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Svetlana Ivanova ...
Kseniya
Maksim Matveyev ...
Lekha (as Maksim Matveev)
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Zaur / Dobryy Robot
Artyom Fadeyev ...
Tyoma
Aleksandr Oleshko ...
Egor
Aleksey Guskov ...
Kazbek
Khasan Baroev ...
Ilya
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Prezident
Yuriy Kutsenko ...
Izvestnaya persona (as Gosha Kutsenko)
Sergey Gazarov ...
Kirill Ivanovich
Anatoliy Belyy ...
Aleksey
Lydia Velezheva ...
Aza (as Lidiya Velezheva)
Vladimir Zaytsev ...
Ministr oborony
Konstantin Samoukov ...
Grishka
Aleksandr Petrov ...
Yashka, komandir tanka
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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 can be divided into two parts that alternate one with the other: one shows how in the eyes of a young boy the South Ossetian conflict transforms into a fantastic war story with super-robots, and the second shows the reality of the war situation and the journey of the main heroine. Written by Anonymous

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Август. Восьмого  »

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Most of the scenes of South Ossetia were shot in Abkhazia. The majority of the extras consisted of Abkhazians, but the characters who speak on Ossetian were played by North Ossetian actors. See more »

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Ksenia: Do you remember how we took away the Magic Dust from Darklord?... We have one more task! Absolutely super secret! We need to save a one very good boy, do you hear?... He lost in the dense forest and no one can help him, but me and you! We'll save this boy and then no Darklord with dragons and monsters won't be terrible to us! Only I can not do it alone...
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I've almost said "wow"
23 May 2012 | by See all my reviews

Frankly: current state of Russian cinema seems fairly low, you have to be real "patriot" to find any jokes in todays' Russian comedies or any fun in action movies (IMHO).

The bigger was surprise from "August 8th" - it got my 8/10 just for being able to watch it till closing credits and don't die from boredom. Bravo! I would even suppose that this movie would be suitable for international auditory, at least it's much more entertaining than any direct-to-video Seagal/VanDamme/Lundgren "product".

OK, Russian actors and script-writers still need to strive to reach any level of realism in dialogs which are are too long and non-convincing here and there, scene of "orgasm in elevator" bravely stolen from Harry & Sally (well, actually it's tribute, heroine has it on DVD), but mechanical, F/X and battle parts of the movie are almost perfect.

Frankly, I cannot even recall any recent movie where realism of the field battle was close enough to August 8th. "Battle Los Angeles" is probably being closest. Director is definitely big fan of hardware, almost 50 consecutive seconds of the movie we can see how a bus is being torn in pieces, including demonstration of all it's mechanical "intestines", really rare episode of this kind. For soldiers CRAWLING (not running) in houses, less than heroic (i.e. real world) deaths on both conflicting sides - for all this my big thanks to director and his military consultants.

Last but not least is that you can mark battle scenes as "based on real events" - unfortunately this sign today is often attached to movies with almost no ties to reality. Here, on the contrary, almost all battle episodes of the movie are based on actual events, including "big ambush" on one of convoys, "live shield" by tank without ammo and many others.

Watching those episodes is highly recommended even if you get a copy of this movie without dubbing, consider it "Black Hawk Down" in miniature.


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