An extremely realistic thriller about Soviet Russia in the 1980s. A crazy policeman introduces his own laws when he has to solve two important cases: the kidnapping of the daughter of a local party leader and a murder.
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Lacks a dramatic focus and it too scatterbrained in its ideology. Cargo 200 lacks sustained tension and never feels like it's heading anywhere. There are too many plot and character strands to properly build understanding and characterization. It also lacks momentum and emotion and is too dull to be a genre or comedic film, while its lack of pathos makes it undramatic. Cargo 200 just leaves you cold and indifferent.
[Spoilers] Yes, a horrifying portrait of late Soviet life, Walking Spanish to its bleak demise, but let's not rule out the blackest, laugh-in-your-face humour. What else in this context could explain a condemned man, a religious man, one falsely accused, saying that things will change soon just before he is shot in the head unawares? "Your fiance's arrived".
Completely engrossing and alienating at the same time - this film drags the viewer through increasingly bizarre tension until its ultimate collapse. The real beauty of Cargo 200 is the marriage of enigmatic and simplistic storytelling.
With this Balabanov goes much further than he ever did. The film is not aesthetically beautiful at all. In some moments it may seem repulsive but it gives a perfect image of Russia in the late 80s. It's a very symbolic film with laid-back but still realistic and harsh metaphors. Absolutely a must.
Las imágenes buscan una calidad estética contemporánea y moderna, aunque siendo fieles a su época, cautivan al espectador de la misma forma que su guión exponencial lo amarra al asiento. La película va creando tensión para luego explotarla en unas secuencias finales sorprendentes. Esta película es una muestra de lo que es realmente el cine, lo que ha sido, y lo que debe ser.
The crushing and disgusting story is pretty well delivered by the competent direction, cinematography and acting, but other than that, the movie's dragged down by the overly large set of characters and its insistence in just portraying the events, with no real urgency to it. It's a good movie, but it lacks emotion and, therefore, fails to inspire emotions in the viewer.