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First of all, this is not a "War movie". If you want drama like in "Saving private Ryan", you chose the wrong title. This is action movie. And this a very casual, childish action movie, more like a computer game than real life.
I can't say it's bad. It's got some good sides to it. Like... it is quite spectacular, and stylish, too. Slo-mo, trick shots, inside-the-tank perspective... Some nice little details of the tank warfare, too (like: what the crew feels when a shell ricochets from tank's armor).
But I can't say it's very good, also.
First of all, the basic plot is secondary to an old soviet movie of 1965. The story is mostly different, but it's built upon the same plot. And if you try to compare, you will see how lame and casual this movie is.
Secondly, the personalities. No objections to the actors themselves, but the personalities they perform look false. Ivushkin and his adversary do not look like war enemies. They do not feel like that. They look like guys competing in a PvP computer game, really. And many other people also feel like one-note characters.
Thirdly, quite some plot twists are plain stupid. That is, if you know anything about nazis, and war, and tank warfare. And it is not the case of "alternative reality" (like in Marvel movies), it is a case of the wrong and overly simplistic perception of how it all works. As if makers did not dip into the epoch deep enough. And some other scenes and plot twists look like they're just plainly taken from the original 1965 title without any real need to it (beer scene, for example).
Fourthly, the CG in some scenes is absurdly bad (of tanks, in particular). You _see_ the CG! Although it does not happen very often, to be honest.
I can't give this "T-34" a rating above 6, I'm afraid. It's nothing special. You watch it once, and next day you forget it all (except maybe some funny in-tank camera angles).
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