PLEASE NOTE That this is a Russian film,
and that the NATO Serbian war here is described seen from the Serbian-Russian
Ha, ha, ha, Yes, the Russians, the Serbs
and some Albanians are The Good Guys and the US, NATO and the Albanian
militia are The
Bad Guys. Something that could make all the viewers suffering from propaganda
by Hollywood and mainstream media ... a bit confused.
Great War Action, beautifully shot and with political
power as it decribes the events when NATO committed acts of war in 1998-99
with the not sanctioned by the UN terror bombings of i.a. Belgrade. This
because Kosovo demanded independence from Yugoslavia
and there was a race between the russian peacekeeping unit and the US/NATO
one to reach the Slatina Airport in Pristina, Kosovo.
The russians arrived first and furious US military decided to bomb the
russian troops but luckily changed their mind, to avoid a big
war (maybe the final one). But this film ends before that conflict and
with the russian peacekeeping troops arriving at the airport.
The film starts with a russian special unit group fighting
in the Bosnian war. The group is led by Andrei "Shatay" Shatalov
Pampushnyy) and consists of Oleg, the sniper Vera (Beautiful Uzbek Russian
actress Ravshana Kurkova), Rustam, Ilya and Beck
(played by always great actor Yuriy G. Kutsenko, seen in i.a. the very
entertaining Antikiller movies, and dozens of other).
After disobeying the orders from a US NATO officer the whole Shatalov
group is disranked and thrown out of the russian army.
This film is co-produced by Russia and it's Serbian brothers, and isn't
it cool to see a geopolitical incident and yet another bombing
war from another viewpoint than the usual Hollywood films promoting the
old CIA talking points ?
Ha, ha, ha, the only american officer in the film was delightfully unlikeable
and here's the mystery - how come russians in Hollywood
films always look slightly sub-human and as unpleasant nasty gorillas,
when in russian films the actors, the stars look beautiful ?
Yes, it's almost as if there were some agenda at work. Nothing much has
changed since Joseph Goebbels methods in the 1930's.
And, this great action film will surely
NOT be shown in any theatre near you (if you live in Sweden
or any other western country).
Vera The Sniper (Ravshana Kurkova)
This film has some documental footage inserted and we're
told that the Bosnian war ended in 1995 with the Dayton Agreement.
But in 1998 a new conflict broke out in the region when Kosovo albanians
demanded independence from Yugoslavia (from what was
left of it) and NATO started bombing Serbia and we get to see the bombings
of civilian targets in Belgrade/Beograd.
A doctor, Yasna (Milena Radulovic) manages to escape the burning inferno
with a small child, and later meet with Shatalov.
In Moscow, June 1999 a general tells Beck that the americans
and NATO plans to help The Albanian/Kosovo Liberation Army with
ethnic cleansing of serbians in Kosovo, and this under the guise
of "peacekeepers" and by using the airport in Pristina. (-Yes,
sure controversial about who clensed who, but this is a Russian-Serbian
film, and this is their view of what went on).
Beck is ordered to re-animate the Andrei Shatalov special combat group
and to take over the Slatina Airport and keep it until the
russian K-FOR "peacekeepers" led by Colonel Platov arrive from
their base in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and all in secret without
letting anyone know who they are. The mission is Top Secret.
The Andrei Shatalov Group has stayed in Serbia active in different types
of work, and their reward if they succeed with their top
secret assignment - "Take and Hold Slatina", they can return
home to Mother Russia.
Taking the airport may not be that hard but keeping it
from being re-taken by the Albaninan Militia led by the ultra brutal killer
super Bad Guy - Smook/Smuk (a great Aleksandar Svéckovic) will
be harder, and the second part of this film is all war fighting.
The elite squad members are of varied ethnicities, tatar, ingushian, uzbek
and russian etc. In the film russian, serbian, albanian and
english can be heard spoken. This is a very
well made and very entertaining war action and highly recommended.
Russia was at it's weakest during the 1990's with oligarks plundering
the country and with a weak president, and when a General
Somov in the film is ordered by president Boris Yeltsin to immediately
stop the caravan of tanks led by colonel Platov to take the
airport, he refuses as he will not take orders from a coward and a lapdog
to the west.
In a small role as a corrupt doctor Dmitriy Frid can be seen, more known
for his role as Detective Yukov Platonovich Shtolman
in the popular russian TV series "Detective Anna" (can be seen
on Youtube with english subtitles and in HQ).
The film, DVD or DVD-R, is presented in anamorphic widescreen
with russian etc. audio, no extras, region all
Russian film Rocks ! I'm
living in Stockholm, and I would love to have a Cinema here that showed
new Russian film as they are
doing it so well with also their entertainment commercial movies (not
just cineaste artmovies) as action, sci-fi, fantasy and WW2
films. Yes, i.a. Netflix do show some of these Russian films and TV series
on streaming video, but in a good old Cinema theatre too.
I would love if there were Cinema theatres in Stockholm (and in other
citys) that showed new Chinese film and Bollywood film.
Both Russia and China could surely afford it if they sponsored this cultural
type of events. Yes, due to the geo-political situation
in the world the anti-russian and sinophobe propaganda probably would
be harsh, but a new multipolar world is a-coming, so ....