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Guardians (2017)

Zashchitniki (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Sci-Fi | 23 February 2017 (Russia)
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During the Cold War, an organization called "Patriot" created a super-hero squad, which includes members of multiple Soviet republics. For years, the heroes had to hide their identities, but in hard times they must show themselves again.


Sarik Andreasyan


Andrey Gavrilov (screenplay), Sarik Andreasyan (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anton Pampushnyy ... Arsus
Sanjar Madi ... Khan (as Sanzhar Madi)
Sebastien Sisak ... Ler (as Sebastyan Sisak Grigoryan)
Alina Lanina ... Kseniya
Valeriya Shkirando ... Major Elena Larina
Vyacheslav Razbegaev ... General-mayor Nikolay Dolgov
Stanislav Shirin Stanislav Shirin ... Avgust Kuratov
Aleksandr Komissarov Aleksandr Komissarov ... Viktor Dobronravov
Nikolay Shestak ... Fyodor
Elizaveta Polyakova Elizaveta Polyakova
Viktor Mishchenchuk Viktor Mishchenchuk
Polina Polyakova Polina Polyakova
Yuriy Pilyugin Yuriy Pilyugin
Svetlana Tulskaya Svetlana Tulskaya
Andrey Bobrov Andrey Bobrov


During the Cold War, an organization called "Patriot" created a super-hero squad, which includes members of multiple Soviet republics. For years, the heroes had to hide their identities, but in hard times they must show themselves again.

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Squad of Soviet Superheroes See more »


Action | Sci-Fi


Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

23 February 2017 (Russia) See more »

Also Known As:

Guardians See more »


Box Office


RUR 380,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,702,268 (Russia), 26 February 2017, Wide Release
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos


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Did You Know?


Made on a budget of 330 million rubles, which is equivalent to 5 million US dollars. See more »


Both times when Arsus morphs into a full bear, ripping his pants, he reappears in human form having a full set of pants and boots. See more »

Crazy Credits

In mid-credits scene, Yelena is transported in a back of a truck by two soldiers. When they open the door, she attacks them, killing one and subduing the other, who, when asked who sent them, says: "Ferrum". See more »

Alternate Versions

When the film was originally released in Germany, the dubbing was highly criticized for adding lowbrow humor. To rectify this, distributor Capelight ordered a new dubbing (which reflected the original tone of the movie) and the film was re-released (with both dubbings) on Blu-ray/DVD. See more »


Featured in Honest Trailers: The Oscars 2018 (2018) See more »


Written by Oleg Tsoy & Kseniya Vinogradova
Performed by Yuliya Tereshchenko
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User rating very harsh, there is a lot worse with a better score
15 April 2017 | by cjoshi-64841See all my reviews

Having come across the trailer 'Guardian' on the Internet, initially I was fooled into thinking it was one for the Galaxy sequel (the action scenes looked impressive), but to my surprise it was an apparent Russian blockbuster, but an even bigger surprise is the rating. Yes, the script is rushed, and the story is basic, heck some will argue it's a Russian 'Galaxy' but it's not as bad as the score suggests, it's a shame people have jumped on the bandwagon in helping the movie look worse than it is.

All major movie making countries are trying to make their own superhero films and they all have the same clichés and silly stories (including Hollywood) it just may be a little worse here. It deserves an average 5 just for some impressive action sequences though, on that front it's the best 5 million dollars you will ever see spent on an action film, it looks like a very impressive blockbuster and puts some Hollywood ones to shame in that respect, so hope people can view this as the popcorn film it's meant to be, and the unfair score improves.

Don't get me wrong there is a lot bad in terms of writing etc, but as an action movie it's watchable, maybe if only once so 3+ is an insult, 5-6 is a disappointing score for such a film but more realistic all the same, definitely better than The Asylum movies and even some of those currently they have a higher score and they have nothing going for them, at least the Guardians boasts some decent effects.

Don't go by the rating make your own choice.

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