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Earthquake (2016)

Zemletryasenie (original title)
Leninakan, Armenian SSR, USSR, 1988. After the devastating Spitak earthquake of December 7th, Konstantin Berezhnoy, a 50-year-old Russian, and Robert Melkonyan, a 28-year-old Armenian, work together to rescue the desperate survivors.

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Sarik Andreasyan

Writers:

Grant Barsegyan (participation) (as Hrant Barsegyan), Arsen Danielyan (participation) | 2 more credits »
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Credited cast:
Konstantin Lavronenko ... Konstantin Berezhnoy
Mariya Mironova Mariya Mironova ... Anna Berezhnaya
Viktor Stepanyan Viktor Stepanyan ... Robert Melkonyan
Tatev Hovakimyan Tatev Hovakimyan ... Lilit (as Tatev Ovakimyan)
Michael Poghosian ... Erem
Michael Janibekyan ... Misha
Sos Janibekyan Sos Janibekyan ... Senik
Armen Markaryan Armen Markaryan ... Armen
Arevik Martirosyan ... Marina
Asmik Aleksanyan Asmik Aleksanyan ... Ashkhen
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sabina Akhmedova ... Gayanz
Mikael Aramyan Mikael Aramyan ... Supen
Marjan Avetisyan Marjan Avetisyan ... Zhenshchina s rebenkom
Artyom Bystrov ... Kranovshchik
Arsen Grigoryan Arsen Grigoryan ... 'Ryzhiy'
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Leninakan, Armenian SSR, USSR, 1988. After the devastating Spitak earthquake of December 7th, Konstantin Berezhnoy, a 50-year-old Russian, and Robert Melkonyan, a 28-year-old Armenian, work together to rescue the desperate survivors.

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Drama

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Official submission of Armenia for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 89th Academy Awards in 2017. See more »

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Referenced in Vdud: Dmitry Nagiev (2018) See more »

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So much potential, yet ruined by Hollywood-style storytelling
1 December 2020 | by paulclaassenSee all my reviews

Based on the 1988 earthquake that devastated numerous villages and wiped the town of Spitak from the face of the Earth, 'Earthquake' should have been a dramatic account of those fateful events.

Instead, the director attempted to make this a Hollywood style movie by adding a comic relief character, characters with uncalled for attitude issues, and a gang of thieves to spice up the story, I suppose. The film would have done much better without the thieves. Sometimes the back stories overshadowed the issues at hand. What did the car accident in the beginning of the movie have to do with anything? They should have concentrated more on the earthquake itself, and the aftermath.

I didn't find the characters very compelling and they also didn't do a great job in introducing the characters in the first place. I knew straight away the earthquake would last about five minutes or so, that it would be impressive, and that the remainder of the film would revolve around the aftermath. I was right, and that's what I wanted to see. Pity the characters ruined much of the film. Some characters did the strangest things considering their circumstances, with unnatural dialogue. I wanted to see the characters unite in the face of a tragedy, as they would in real life, but they opted for Hollywood-style cliched characters and situations instead. Pity.

The film has a beautiful score, and there are some truly fantastic scenes. The earthquake was obviously CGI, but it was very well done. I'm not saying I didn't enjoy the film; I did. It just could have been that much better...


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Official Sites:

Mars Media [Russia]

Country:

Armenia | Russia

Language:

Armenian | Russian | French

Release Date:

13 September 2016 (Armenia) See more »

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Budget:

AMD1,460,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,910,254
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2.35 : 1
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