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It looks like a feature film, it acts like a telenovela

3/10
Author: John The Smith from Smithshop
20 June 2013

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After the rather spectacular ending (considering the telenovela standards set by the Mexicans) in previous season of Larin Izbor, the production team pushed the limits of the forward momentum too far, and crossed the line into the area of bad cheese in a full fledged feature film. Why bad Cheese? Well, this is somewhere between the ridicule-cheese of the Latin telenovelas that we all know and are used too, and a boring attempt at creating a suspenseful crime(?) drama. If I sum the story up in short, it's about a couple, Lara and Jakov who after a long period of terrorism and multiple murder attempts by the male protagonist's half-brother Dinko, allegedly lost their child in a plane crash which was piloted by Dinko, as he kidnapped the boy. Now, after 5 years or so after the events, the heroine is living in a monastery, hiding from reality, and Jakov, her spouse, living as a small-time fisherman, down at the docks in some other town. As the story develops, we learn that Dinko, the protagonist's half-brother somehow survived the Plane crash in the middle of stormy seas, saved the kidnapped child, got away from the search area somehow, renamed himself as Viktor and became the leader (Mayor?) of the very same town Jakov is staying, and became super rich. huh. The story develops rather too expected, with Jakov joining forces with his boring friends he didn't see in five years, and persuading Lara to come with him to find their son and punish Dinko for all the tragedies he's caused. I may note that the actors feel forced into speech, which in turn itself was written dumb, and the child is oblivious to surroundings, which is pretty annoying, considering the child has a pretty important role. Well, the story from this point on is pretty bald, so there's nothing worth mentioning, apart from the ending. Dear Lord. Could it possibly be more dead? All the main characters are gathered on a yacht owned by Dinko, with the boy still kidnapped, together with Lara. As the yacht sails off into the open stormy sea yet again, Jakov manages to get on it, and after some casual fighting between the characters, manages to hit Dinko so hard that he is instantly blown into the stormy sea. And what does the boy do? The very same boy that lived with Dinko practically since he remembers, and was his only family he ever knew? Nothing. He has absolutely no expressions, neither before the fight, during the fight, or after the fight when Dinko was assumed dead. Nothing. He just hugs, or should I say is being forced into hugging complete two strangers, which are his biological long lost parents, as they are yet again cheesingly kissing. How charming.

Not.

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