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A Moscow college student's gift car from his parents turns out to be more than anyone expects when it flies, which he uses to become both a city guardian and a speedy floral delivery boy.

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Grigoriy Dobrygin ... Dima
Ekaterina Vilkova ... Nastya
Viktor Verzhbitskiy ... Kuptsov
Valeriy Zolotukhin ... Perepelkin
Yekaterina Vasilyeva ... Romantseva
Juozas Budraitis ... Elizarov (as Yuozas Budraytis)
Ivan Zhidkov Ivan Zhidkov ... Maks
Sergey Garmash ... Otets Dimy
Ekaterina Starshova ... Tanka (as Katya Starshova)
Mikhail Efremov ... Alkogolik
Dato Bakhtadze Dato Bakhtadze ... Bakhram
Igor Savochkin Igor Savochkin ... Boris
Sergey Legostaev Sergey Legostaev ... Gena - okhrannik
Elena Valyushkina Elena Valyushkina ... Mat Dimy
Vitaliy Alshanskiy Vitaliy Alshanskiy ... Vasya
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Moscow, 2004, and wealthy entrepreneur Kuptsov drills deep beneath the city, trying to reach a huge diamond vein. Aware that his ruthless drilling will destroy the city and its denizens, it's a result he's willing to accept for untold additional wealth. Fortunately, his equipment lacks enough power. He needs the Nano-catalyst (developed years ago) to fuel his machinery, but its current whereabouts is unknown. Meanwhile, in another part of the city, college boy Dima dreams of owning a car and dating gorgeous co-ed Nastya. His wealthy friend Max has a Mercedes Benz and is flirting with Nastya, which frustrates Dima. On his birthday, Dima finally gets a car (from his parents) - a grungy, antiquated Volga of which he is privately ashamed; but, unbeknownst to anyone, the car - the recipient of "failed" Nano-catalysis - is capable of much more, and turns Dima into an unidentified crusader of justice known as Black Lightning. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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31 December 2009 (Russia) See more »

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Enjoyable if derivative
13 August 2013 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Black Lightning was a long way from perfect. The story is very derivative and does get rather predictable, while the ending is a little rushed and over-complicated(perhaps too much going on in the script and the action) and a lot of the special effects are rather hokey and more at home in the late 80s-early 90s. The script, while having some great ironic humour, can feel empty and awkward-sounding at times too. Black Lightning is slickly shot though, with a convincing setting. The Russian heavy-metal soundtrack pulsates through the film with great energy and is quite catchy as well, and the pacing is fine. The action is fun and exciting to watch if occasionally a little cheesy, and the ironic humour in the script is funny and endearing. The characters are derivative and clichéd like the story but still quite engaging, the hero and his love interest are likable and the villain(though his motivation does come across as rather silly) does give an aura of creepiness. The acting is good, especially from Grigory Dobrygin and Viktor Verzhbitsky, though Ekaterina Vilkova is visually gorgeous and at least adequate. All in all, derivative with some hokey effects and a rushed solution, but fun, slick and well played. Partially recommended but try not to over-think too much. 6/10 Bethany Cox


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