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Newsmakers (2009)

Goryachie novosti (original title)
In Moscow, an enterprising female detective decides to turn a humiliating defeat experienced by her department into a reality-TV show in which the police prep for a counter attack.


Anders Banke


Hing-Ka Chan (screenplay), Sam Klebanov (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
1 nomination. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Andrey Merzlikin ... Smirnov
Evgeniy Tsyganov ... German
Maria Mashkova ... Katya (as Mariya Mashkova)
Sergey Garmash ... Killer
Maksim Konovalov Maksim Konovalov ... 'Kley'
Aleksey Frandetti Aleksey Frandetti ... 'Orda'
Pavel Klimov Pavel Klimov ... Kolyan
Sergey Vesnin Sergey Vesnin ... 'Kon'
Artyom Semakin ... Valera
Viktor Chepelov Viktor Chepelov ... Sanya
David Stepanyan David Stepanyan ... Gamlet
Oleg Chernigov Oleg Chernigov ... Mikhalych
Pyotr Rytov Pyotr Rytov ... Polyakov
Yuriy Shlykov ... Boldyrev
Pavel Sukhov Pavel Sukhov ... Adyutant Boldyreva
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A gang of crooks robbing cash collectors, run into a police surveillance team and the inadequate police response results in a gunfight. A TV crew on assignment in the area happens to capture this humiliation on camera, and this example of police incompetence is soon the lead story in every news bulletin. Public confidence in law and order now suffers irreparable harm. The head of the Moscow force welcomes a public search-and-destroy operation against these thugs, the brainchild of Katya, his PR director. She proposes that the capture of this dangerous gang be transformed into a live TV show of a kind never seen before. At this point she cannot know that the gang leader's life-and-death struggle with the police is destined to lead to a media duel. Besieged in a huge apartment block, the crooks hold hostage a father and his son and daughter. A massive special forces rescue operation is mounted but fails miserably. Undaunted by this setback, Katya and her team of specialists manipulate ... Written by Anonymous

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HK action, Soviet style.
5 March 2020 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

Newsmakers kicks off in ultra-ballistic mode with a squib-tastic shootout between cops and gangsters, like a Hong Kong heroic bloodshed movie, but instead of Chinese extras in white suits being despatched in bloody fashion, it's Russians in casual/sports wear (yes, there is an Adidas tracksuit). It's all a bit John Woo-ski. Indeed, I discovered afterwards that the film was based on a Johnnie To movie called Breaking News; I knew there had to be an HK connection somewhere.

The gangsters in the opening exchange of bullets make their escape in an ambulance and hide out in a concrete apartment building, but are soon rumbled by a local cop. Taking hostages, the criminals bide their time while sexy PR woman Katya (Mariya Mashkova) turns the situation into a media sensation to try and improve the public image of the police. Meanwhile, tough cop Major Smirnov (Andrey Merzlikin) disobeys orders to stand down and risks his life to bring the armed thugs to justice.

Blistering scenes of gunfire and explosions punctuate the movie at various intervals, but, for the most part, Newsmakers is less action and more of a wry swipe at how the authorities control the way that events are portrayed in the news, Katya distorting the truth to suit her needs and to please her superiors. All of this is reasonably absorbing, but to be honest, I would have preferred less critique of the media, and more of the blam blam, rat-a-tat-tat, and kablooey, 'cos director Anders Banke handles the action better than the drama (I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for his upcoming WWII movie, Enemy Lines).

5.5/10, rounded up to 6 for IMDb.

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Release Date:

7 May 2009 (Russia) See more »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)

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