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A very well made movie full of lies and propaganda.
This movie has probably been one of the worst things I have ever seen. What makes it even worse is that the technique is great. Most actors are strong and there is real emotion in the movie. The problem is with the idea behind it.
Unfortunately, there is no way to review this movie as purely artistic piece, since it is based on a very political agenda. The movie can be seen as the world according to Mikhalkov (who directed the film and starred in it in a role of wise, honest and so on "Russian officer"). All of the stories told by characters are very impressive, much more so than in the original Lumet film but each and every one of them is fake, an unreal, stereotypical look at the 1990s when the country actually experienced one of its greatest moments. But characters only seem to remember crime. All kinds of crime. The characters who would in real life be much more vocal and reasonable are portrayed as clowns or idiots. There is no place for them at this feast.
What makes itanother thousand times worse for me is that Mikhalkov lost the main idea of the original. The reasonable doubt. No. Here we know everything for sure. Of course it is obvious to the Russian officer who killed whom. But the point should have been that it is enough to doubt the evidence not to have evidence against someone else. And obviously the evil killer is the capitalist real estate company.
Most Western viewers will not see those inconsistencies within the movie. They will just again be scared of "this awful life in those uncivilised countries" and this "horrible, horrible capitalism and those poor Russians". Well, thank you. We are actually doing fine. Not all of us are losers, we did a great thing in the 90s and we don't need your lazy sympathy. But if you like it so much please, please take Mikhalkov away from us.