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During the bloody war in Chechnya, a British couple and two Russian soldiers are taken hostage by Chechen rebels. Two of the hostages are then released to bring the money for the British woman who is forced to wait for the ransom.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Ivan
Ian Kelly ... John
... Margaret
... Captain Medvedev
... Ruslan
Giorgi Gurgulia ... Aslan
... Ivan's Father
Ben Foster
Yuriy Stepanov ... Aleksandr Matrosov
Andrei Kormunin
Steve Jamieson ... (as Steve Jameson)
Lev Erenburg
Peter Wickham
Stanislav Stotsky ... (as Stas Stotsky)
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During the bloody war in Chechnya, a British couple and two Russian soldiers are taken hostage by Chechen rebels. Two of the hostages are then released to bring the money for the British woman who is forced to wait for the ransom.

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this is no "Brat-3", this is War

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Action | Drama | War

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14 March 2002 (Russia)  »

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In 1999, a video was published on the Internet where two Chechen soldiers killed a Russian hostage soldier by cutting his throat. The moment of his agony was used as audio footage for the scene where one of the two hostages was beheaded. See more »

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[first lines]
Ivan: So, I'm Yermakov, Ivan and he's John, so we're, like, namesakes. So, I met him in the summer of 2001. It was the second month that I'd been in the village of Verkhniy Iskhoy at Aslan Gugayev's place. Back then none of us knew him. Just... His detachment is small. There were three of us there at the time: me, Fedka and a Jew, a commercial one. From Vladikavkaz, I think... Uh-huh. Called Semyon. Yeah, me and Fedka were sawing up wood when they brought them in on a truck. There were ...
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Written by Timur Mutsurayev
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Hollywood rests

I expected this movie to be simply rubbish, instead i was won over by the quality of the acting (no thanks to Ian Kelly)and the authenticity of the setting. The cinematography was great too. Scenes of beautiful landscape would be contrasted by the gory shootouts as well as great shot of the 4x4 flying off the cliff, which upon meeting the bottom of the ravine was not met by a fireball. It is true that the firefights seem dull and even anticlimactic, however that is the whole beauty behind them. They didn't need to be sugar coated by big explosions and slow-mo deaths instead opting for a more realistic approach. Were some of the weapons real? In all this is a decent movie worthwhile watching because it allows you to take a break from the latest teen slashers and high octane Vin Diesel movies : )


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