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The Scythian (2018)

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Not Rated | | Action, Drama, Fantasy | 18 January 2018 (Russia)
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These are times when one civilization is replacing another. A new era is about to begin in Central Eurasia. Scythians, the proud warriors, are all but gone. The few of their descendants ... See full summary »

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Rustam Mosafir
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Credited cast:
Aleksey Faddeev Aleksey Faddeev ... Lyutobor
Aleksandr Kuznetsov ... Kunitsa - aka Marten (as Alexander Kuznetsov)
Yuriy Tsurilo ... Oleg Svyatoslavovich - Prince of Tmutarakan
Vasilisa Izmaylova Vasilisa Izmaylova ... Tatyana - Lyutobor'sWife
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fomin Andrey Fomin Andrey ... Prov
Dzhelilov Eldar Dzhelilov Eldar
Aleksey Ingelevich Aleksey Ingelevich ... Berendey's Priest
Pavel Klimov Pavel Klimov ... Merchant's Guard
Viktor Konukhin Viktor Konukhin ... Troyan's Guard
Vitaly Kravchenko ... Yar
Saido Kurbanov ... Gonchak
Lakutsin Lukas Lakutsin Lukas
Vladimir Lukyanchikov ... Scythian
Rustam Mosafir Rustam Mosafir ... Kumay
David Muradyan David Muradyan
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These are times when one civilization is replacing another. A new era is about to begin in Central Eurasia. Scythians, the proud warriors, are all but gone. The few of their descendants have become ruthless mercenary assassins, the "waves of Ares." Lutobor, is a soldier with a difficult task at hand. He becomes involved in internecine conflicts and sets off on a perilous journey to save his family. His guide is a captive Scythian by the name of Weasel. Lutobor and Weasel are enemies. They pray to different gods but must embark on this journey together. They brave the wild steppes, moving toward the last haven of the Scythians, to what seems to be their inevitable demise. Written by CTB.ru

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Action | Drama | Fantasy

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Official Sites:

CTB Film Company [Russia]

Country:

Russia

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Russian

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18 January 2018 (Russia) See more »

Also Known As:

The Last Warrior See more »

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CTB Film Company See more »
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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The Scythian kills
18 January 2018 | by GrumphySee all my reviews

The Scythian

The story is fit for epic proportions, for the bards to sing songs and elders to tell tales for generations to come. Though perhaps predictable at times, it's a classic, in the sense of such myths as Jason and the Argonauts or even Odysseus for example. It is perhaps shadowed a little by somewhat forced dialogue at times. I am not entirely convinced though as I'm not that adept at Russian and don't know how solid or accurate were the subtitles, so the fault may lie in that as well.

Acting seems to fit for the most part. Nothing that feels overly awkward. As they are the men of action, they let their fists and daggers and swords and bows and axes do the talking for the majority of the film. The lead seems out of place occasionally and I can't put my finger on it why exactly, but it's really not a that big of a concern because the decent pace will not allow to linger on any particular scene too long.

Visually it has good with the bad. Set design and costumes are on point for the most part and feel authentic, but some the locations seem off. Fighting scenes and camerawork are quite well done, though editing seems a bit flimsy at times and therefore some key moments might fall a bit short. Literally even. Unfortunately it also seemed to be yet another retelling of not just the times when the men were Men, but when ugly was Ugly and beautiful was Beautiful. Which is pretty much every film since the invention of camera. A minor issue of course and most likely goes with the mythic theme, but still.

Music fits well and helps to emphasize the scenes, sound mixing is enjoyable though, and it might be the language barrier again, I think I detected some syncing issues, but it might totally be my own imagination. Otherwise the scenes' and scenic atmosphere is well created.

The adventure is engaging and despite some missteps, you'll enjoy the ride. The action is satisfyingly brutal and better than in many Hollywood's high budget projects. Perhaps mostly because the executives aren't as greedy to force PG-13 ratings on just to cash in slightly more dough. Irrelevant, but I bet that The Dark Tower, for example, would've produced completely different results without these utterly stupid restrictions. But I digress.

It's not going to be the best film of the year, but you will enjoy it. Perhaps even enough to watch it again sometime, should you catch it from the telly. It is a solid effort. The pace will carry you through before you know it. Perhaps even leaving you longing for more.


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