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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.
I saw this on video in Toronto, my wife's ex was one of the crew and saw some it being filmed on location, so I was very curious to see it.
Apart from reading a familiar name in the credits, there was nothing else of interest.
Essentially it just goes out of its way to emulate every kind of US Z-grade action movie that goes straight to video, such as Delta Force 10, or whatever garbage, but instead is from the Russian perspective.
It didn't matter that it had the Russians as heroes as opposed to the usually stereotypical US view of the Chechnya conflict, and it should be noted that the US for bizarre reasons tend to side with Chechens. I personally regard the Russians as the good guys in this war: Chechnya is basically like a hardcore version of Afghanistan in terms of how medieval the society and customs are. It is barbaric, and there is no mercy shown to those who fall into the hands of the Chechens. The most gruesome forms of torture and death await them.
Going back to the film it shows an elite Spetsnaz unit of the Russian military being sent on various missions, it is actually a TV series, and I have seen 1-3.
If you wish to compare it to a Western equivalent, look at Ultimate Force about the SAS.
The problem with Spetsnaz is that just about every technical aspect is sub-standard even for this level, and the acting is amateurish, clown-like. The stories are just junk, no attention to plot, character development, to anything really.
Even the special effects are ropey.
It really is dreadful. I asked many Russian friends for their opinion, each one said the same four letter word beginning with S to describe it.
If you want to see a good film about Chechnya from the Russian side, see WAR, or VOYNA (Russian title).
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