What an opportunity for a truly cinematic biopic ... sadly the best sniper scenes and most beautiful scenes are ruined by a clip like editing and pop music. Additionally these interruptions by the meeting with Elanor may be of a goodwill, as it shows her historic sinificance, but are murdering the dramatic potential of the film and of the great lead. :-(.
i started watching this movie because lyudmila pavlichenko is one of my favorite historical figures but turned it off because my vlc kept crapping out. all i remember is that the actress playing pavlichenko was phoning it in so i don't think i'll be revisiting it anytime soon.
A rare subject matter and a leading actress of great potential (Peresild is perfect as the stoic sniper heroine!) are squandered in this hot mess of a movie. Quality whiplash abound: visceral battle scenes crescendo with pop music, & genuinely poignant scenes are bookended by painfully trite ones. If you want an Ostfront flick with (halfway) decent story and characters, you're better off watching Enemy at the Gates.