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Branded (2012)

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In future Moscow, where corporate brands have created a disillusioned population, one man's effort to unlock the truth behind the conspiracy will lead to an epic battle with hidden forces that control the world.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Misha
... Abby
... Bob
... Marketing Guru
Mariya Ignatova ... Master of Ceremony (as Maria Ignatova)
Roman Petrenko ... Fast Food Executive #1
Anastasiya Nefedova ... Fast Food Executive #2 (as Anastasia Nefedova)
Nick Harvey ... Fast Food Executive #3
John Laskowski ... Fast Food Executive #4
Douglas A. Reno ... Fast Food Executive #5 (as Douglas Reno)
Gary Brierley ... Fast Food Executive #6
... Pavel (as Andrei Kaikov)
Viktoriya Popova ... Screaming Woman (as Viktoria Popova)
Jamie Bradshaw ... Mr. Johnson
... Yuri Nikolaevich (scenes deleted) (as Viktor Verzhbitsky)
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Storyline

The film starts with documentary-style flashbacks showing Misha's rise to a powerful marketing executive. Now in Moscow 2017, Misha is a powerful marketing executive working to spread Western brands, and like the businesses he works for nothing will stop him in his greed, until the imprisonment and death of an overweight girl undergoing extensive plastic surgery to become skinny. Following a vision in which Misha sacrifices a heifer to God, he begins to receive strange visions depicting the brands control over people. He returns to work and guided by these visions, Misha attempts to stop the growth of the brands in post-Communist Russia by encouraging the brand to attack each other in their advertising campaigns. There is some debate whether Misha believes that the worship of global brands is Idolatry and his visions depicting the brands are controlling people causing them to sin, or whether his belief is that monopoly is evil and his intention is to create a Western style free-market...

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Crack the code. Take back your mind.


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Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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7 September 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$240,565, 9 September 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$353,468, 30 September 2012
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The advertising campaign for the movie included 100 QR codes, four of which can be found on the movie poster. See more »

Goofs

In two shots we see the list of brands that Misha is crossing out, he crosses out "Burger" with two lines. Later, when he is crossing out other brands, "Burger" has only one line through it. See more »

Quotes

Bob: [getting drunk] It's not a real burger, Misha, if I can't have extra ketchup. It's just a fucking... it's a fucking façade. This whole country is just like one Hollywood back lot, fucking, façade. And it's a really shitty made one, at that.
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Spoofs When Harry Met Sally... (1989) See more »

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Big Hero
Written by Jacques Slade, Lamar Van Sciver & Frank Greenfield
Performed by Jacques Slade
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Thought provoking
19 October 2012 | by See all my reviews

The movie gives a clear message about current marketing standards. It is one of those must watch movies that speak about the society in general, things happening around people about which they are unaware of.

I would rate this movie more, but it was pretty slow and gets uninteresting in the middle. But by the end of it, you have something to think about and relate to the stuff happening around you. As for the movie itself, it is one of those "Dark" movies where you find yourself losing the appeal for the movie as it continues. But surely, characters have been sensibly selected and over all dialogue delivery is good too. However, it lacks witty dialogues which I was looking forward too seeing the trailers.


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