Such a disappointment after having read the book. Tom Hardy makes a good fist of his role as Leo Demidov, the main protagonist in the film (aside from his woeful accent). And the cinematography is great with the natural beauty of the Russian countryside providing a stark contrast to the grittiness of life in the immediate post Stalin era. However, the screenplay for the movie is substantially inferior to the book.
It's piles of loose thread of plots and side stories the movie wouldn't even bother to explain/finish, all jumbled into one big chaotic hairy ball. All the while, the movie keep trying to be as Rrrrusian as possible, even with that godawful broken English accent from the all non-Russian cast...
Wholly disappointing, despite the (usually) talented cast and great art direction. The Chiktailo-inspired story gets completely ignored in favour of very bloated tiptoeing around the idea that the Soviet Union was strict. What else is new? The pace was awful, and the thrills were too few and far between, and too kinetic - to the point of confusion. There were also horrible accents at every turn. Eyes were rolled.
Non và, non funziona proprio.L'ambientazione è curata e la messa in scena è di livello come si conviene ad una grossa produzione,ma lo script e la mano sono davvero poca cosa;si parla di omicidi di bambini come di sottovasi,la gestione della tensione è ridicola,tutto è sempre eccessivamente pulito e la matassa si dipana in 3 minuti....mattonazzo prolisso,in cui non vedi l'ora del The End.
A hot mess that veers close to disaster. The cast is beyond awesome but they are left with dodgy accents and shallow stereotypes. The production design is however very good. The direction is not very good since neither the story nor the acting reaches any sort of coherence so that the movie can gain some sorely needed narrative drive. And the action scenes must be the worst shot and edited ever commited to celluloid.