Yeesssss! Finally! A Russian mainstream action thriller blockbuster
for me to see. Unfortunately i can't read or speak russian, so i need
english subtitles and not many of the russian films have any such if
the DVD or Blu-ray are released in Russia. I've had to buy mostly UK
releases of russian films and then mostly it's Art movies we're talking
about. OK, i love art movies and indie oddities too, but it's so
nice to be able to watch a regular russian Blockbuster now and then
as there's something special about them. They are almost always
entertaining, snappily made and with good actors. I want more russian
popcorn movies shown in the west, please release them with
english subtitles, please. Yeah, i know, you can watch them on the Net
and catch some fan subs, but i'm old school and to lazy for that.
So, a russian airplane disaster film and a re-make of
an old Soviet 1980 movie, could that be something to watch ?
The Answer was YES! Ekipazh was surprisingly entertaining
and suspenseful, yes, actually thrilling for real and that was some
for me to experience that when watching a movie. Also, the acting was
fine and .... maybe most important if a film as this will work or not,
the special effects looked GREAT. It was a blockbuster HIT and also
nominated for the Russian Oscar, The 2017 Golden Eagle Award.
This film consists of two parts, the drama build-up
part and the disaster action thriller explosions part, and both works
just fine and the
2 hours and 17 minutes goes by fast. Lyosha Gushin (Danila Kozlovskiy,
see pic above) is an ex-army pilot now doing cargo flights
with a Tupolev plane. He has a problem with authority persons and he's
something of a loose cannon, and during a stormy flight,
when he's told to dump cargo (childrens toys and such) but to save some
oligarch's expensive cars, then he .... dumps the cars.
Fired yet again from his pilot job his father Nikolai (veteran actor
Sergei Shakurov) manages to set up a flight simulator test for him
at some small but reputable airline looking for new pilots to their
Lyosha fails the test however and he thinks he's without
a job again, BUT there wouldn't be any film if that was the case. When
very serious pilot Leonid Zinshenko (the great
Vladimir Mashkov, see pic above) who overlooked the testings,
tries the hard, the very
hard flight simulator test himself, he fails too, and actually everyone
failed the test. And, voilá, Lyosha gets the test pilot job as
to Leonid, who has domestic problems with his rebellious slacker son
Valera (Sergey Romanovich). But this wouldn't be a disaster
movie if a role figure like that didn't get the chance of redeeming
himself later on.
And, handsome Lyosha (the female crew members seems to think that it
seems) gets into a erotic affair with female pilot Alesandra,
called Xasha (Agne Grudyte) to the irritation of the jealous steward.
So, the first part of this movie is a drama about the life of airline
pilots, and it's actually pretty engaging as that because of the good
acting. But, suddenly they're assigned to do a Special Mission .....
and the second part, the disaster part, kicks in.
They are to land on something called Kanwoo Island as
a rescue plane and to evacuate people suffering from an eartquake and
erupting volcano. Everything is exploding (in surprisingly well made
effects and the CGI wasn't shamefully cringy this time) and the
question is: Will there be a daring and crazy resque against all odds
? No, no, there couldn't possibly be .... or, could it ?
Final words: Great stuff and very recommended for lovers of hero disaster
airplane movies and for lovers of great russian actors
DVD had a 2.0 DD stereo russian audio with often hard
to read (understand) english subtitles and with a widescreen ratio