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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
Evklid Kyurdzidis ... 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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The actors who played the two main Chechen characters are not Chechens: Giorgi Gurgulia (Aslan) is Georgian and Evklid Kyurdzidis (Ruslan) is Greek. 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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VOLKI
Written by Aleksandr Uman (as Shura Bi-2), Igor Bortnik (as Lyova Bi-2)
Performed by Bi-2
© (P) 2001 Sony Music Entertainment (RUS)
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Great movie. Realistic shootouts.
10 May 2008 | by See all my reviews

Some people complain of the "boring" action scenes, but this is not true. The scenes that occur in villages or other close-quarters situations really are interesting. Many people expect something out of Commando or Total Recall, but that is not how these battles happen. Even at relatively close range, there isn't much that a pinned down, wounded soldier can do. He can shoot back, hoping to hit something, but he is more or less immobile and probably less aware of his surroundings. The battles that occur at range are slow because, well, they are. When soldiers are closing in on a location from, coming over a mountain and moving around, there isn't much you can do, even with a relatively accurate machine gun. You can fire off rounds here and there, but mostly it is about killing at least one or two of them, while conserving ammo for the time when the enemies are closer. You are even worse off with an AK-47 when are long ranges. That's why it isn't so exciting. It is, nonetheless, an interesting and realistic plot. No, the cars don't explode because the hero fired a few rifle rounds from a huge distance.


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