I agree completely with your opinion of this film. If you have spent time in Russia in the 90's then this film will reach through the screen and drag you back there. The greatest Russian film of the 90's.
El personaje central es un joven justo e ingenuo que ingresa al mundo de la mafia como si se tratase de una aventura juvenil más. El filme tiene el mérito de construir una historia que navega al borde la inverosimilitud con un antihéroe que se vuelve en un justiciero por accidente.
Just downright gritty gangster flick about a soilder who turns to the criminal life. Great performance from Bodrov jnr (sadly passe away). The sequel loses the edge and grittness of this film but is well worth the watch even though Bodrov Jnr is nowhere near as good in the sequel as he is here.
A charming Soviet take on the American gangster-crime movie. Bleak, pallid shots of Saint Petersburg paint a very unique atmosphere for this story. The environments and blasé characters challenges whether the violence and corruption is understood and acceptable, or still shocking and brutal.
Best Russian film of the 90's. Gangster realism that only a Russian director could make. Great soundtrack too.
i don't know if anyone who lived not in Russia of 90s will ever understand this one. it has russian soul, russian spirit, russian mind. but it is amazing that the cinema can actually deliver mood of the film to anyone interested. great work, Balabanov. great work, Bodrov. и песни с этого фильма до сих пор звучат в моем плеере.
also thumbs for the really wonderful acting by Sergei Bodrov Jr. and for the great choice of the movie's musical score.
a good well done and executed film ........ what I like in Balbanov is that he has his own unique way , he knows what he want and how can he do it and this is clear in this film ..... its not a masterpiece , its theme isn't new and its plot is simple , however all the work and all the beauty here is in the very strong directing and creation of the atmosphere and in the character development which was really great.