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I have watched it in Russian with English subtitles, and being a native Russian speaker I can say - whoever made the subtitles translation for this movie has no language proficiency whatsoever. Pathetic.
However, this is not this movie's biggest problem - it is simply a dull, talentless (talking about the screenwriters and film directors) mediocre mess. Big names, some good actors, Columbia pictures and all, and I felt simply embarrassed about my birth country producing such a wretched parody of a movie. To be fare, using big names and indeed very talented actors, who have delivered some solid acting for the movie, helped to offset some of its miseries. But the plot, the ideas, the pompous drama of the plot has turned it into a pretentious farce, a circus. Russia certainly has talent and creative potential to make good movies, it's a shame this one has been such a waste of good capable actors and such a disappointment for the viewers. If you pass on this film, you won't miss much.
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