I loved it, even the seemingly out of place stories. The original had far more annoying (and thus effective) antagonist characters, but I can relate to Russian social matters better than American ones. 12 also has style, very good editing, and those Stanislavskian Russian actors who really get to you. A provocative snapshot of a post-communist country.
Brilliant! Unexpected surprises are all around the movie and all cultural elements made this movie such an extraordinary remake ever made... Philosophical addings were speechless! Can't remember how I watched last minutes.