Run time: 103 min
Genres: Action | Drama | War
Director: Andrey Kavun
Writers: Andrey Kavun
Stars: Aleksandr Baluev, Yury Belyayev, Bogdan Benyuk
|Plot Keywords: escape, taliban, hostage, air crew, aircrew|
Release Date: 4 February 2010 (Russia)
Budget: $7,000,000 (estimated)
Awesome true story about the escape of Russian pilots after being taken hostage by the Taliban in 1996. Played superbly by all the actors with amazing realism, all the characters seem very real, each with their own way of dealing with fear and the unknown. The actors who played the Taliban are also so realistic you almost feel you are watching a documentary. From the moment the crew decided to trust each other, act together and try to escape to the end the tension builds up to the point where you are on the edge of your seat, heart pounding, willing for them to make it and saying it out loud. And because it all really happened it makes it all the more powerful. The setting is so realistic, you feel the atmosphere of the place, can almost smell the air, touch the sand, feel the flames, hear the sound of the engines. Absolutely superb.
Actually it's a documentary action movie. And a stressful one though you can wait for a happy end just like in "Flight of the Phoenix" (2004). Good make-up, good playing showing a war-time situation. Baluev did an outstanding job. Sound could be better, sometimes you even can't clearly hear the whispers of the heroes. The story takes place in a part of Afghanistan under Taliban control. Some moments of murder remind us that war is taking place there. This movie teaches that if you have an aim you must go to the end, otherwise you lose. And if you are a little group in surrounding of a majority, you should keep together. It's a very brutal movie, very truthful and realistic.
root – a real fact. a Russian plain is arrested on Kandahar airport. aircraft craw is prisoner of Talibans. the plant – desire of survive, conflicts with Afgans, fear, hope, memories, barefooted football match. fruit – force of each as part of a powerful team. it can be, at first sigh, a propaganda film. or an action film. in fact, it is only lesson about values. sure, Manicheic nuances no missing. but it is not a fight against good vs. bad guys. it is only slice from a war of others. and honest images about reactions of few prisoners. it is a film like a piece of plasticine. each viewer gives its verdict. because, each interpretation is correct. important – it remains a good film, regardless the public image about its subject.
It is a very decent movie/documentary. Void of unnecessary drama. Interesting tale, and one can relate to the story. There's a feel good tinge to it. There isn't the usual unnecessary gore associated with films of this genre. The visual effects were quite good too, sound could do with some help. Predictable ending but its one of those flicks you keep on watching though you know how it ends. Its nice to see the portrayal of the antagonists in a more subtle yet compelling light.I watched it in Russian which I do not understand, but was still worth my time. Enjoyed it, but will not watch it more than twice. I recommend it.