Sputnik

2020 [RUSSIAN]

Drama / Horror / Sci-Fi / Thriller

16
IMDb Rating 6.1 10 1834

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Uploaded By: FREEMAN
August 13, 2020 at 04:40 PM

Director

Cast

Oksana Akinshina as Tatyana Klimova
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1.02 GB
1280*534
Russian 2.0
NR
24 fps
1 hr 53 min
P/S 273 / 832
2.09 GB
1920*800
Russian 5.1
NR
24 fps
1 hr 53 min
P/S 363 / 1,192

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by kuarinofu 6 / 10

Felt this movie was weird? Let me explain

I know something about Russian cinema (I live near Russia and I speak Russian).

Let me explain why this movie is not what it could've been.

First of all, modern big-budget Russian cinema is desperately trying to copy Hollywood-style productions and franchises, they even borrow some scripts and ideas (which is fine, many European filmmakers do this). Indie Russian filmmakers mostly do other types of films and there are lots of great Russian films out there, like Durak (2014), Leviathan (2014), Zhit (2010), Zavod (2018) and many more.

This film is not an exception in terms of Hollywood copy-pasting. Up to around 1 hr mark, they just copy scenes and concepts from popular films like Annihilation, Venom, Gravity (opening scene), Arrival, After Earth, and Alien Covenant. This is a common practice since sometimes they just straight-up rip off scripts and whole films like Nochnye strazhi (2016) (MIB rip-off with vampires), Den D (2008) (Commando scene-by-scene ripoff), Voin (2015) (a rip-off of Warrior (2011) and many, many more.

They do this copy-paste pretty well, the cinematography is great, the 80ties Soviet-era setting works although they never really dive deep into it since this film was made for international release and most of the more complicated stuff just wouldn't be understood. In this film though they re-create those scenes not exactly knowing what they are meant to establish. Many scenes are supposed to be emotional but not in this film, they clearly misunderstood the tone of some of those since the music is heavily misused in this. Like the scene where the doctor is transported to the facility, which was taken from the Arrival, but they play military-style music which does not fit well into the "delving into the unknown" style of the scene, more like an action film build-up.

Right around 1hr mark, they run of these and just start making their own stuff up, making really big stretches in terms of the script. Since the premise was a mix of other films they didn't really know where to go with this and thus, the film transformed into a mess of unbelievable scenes and random unnecessary subplots. Character motivation is completely dropped and all the things the characters do make absolutely no sense, nobody knows what and why they are doing.

The kid subplot was so incredibly unnecessary and disconnected that removing it from the story would change absolutely nothing. I have absolutely no idea why it was even included (probably because of using this mix of ideas they didn't really know what genre the film is supposed to be, a sci-fi horror? a family drama? who knows).

The ending is very messy and kind of defeats the purpose of most of the unmotivated character actions, which is a staple of these types of films.

We will surely see more of these since foreign markets are very profitable, and since most of these big productions are co-funded by Fond Kino (Cinema Fund, Russian governmental organization), the creators are not really scared of losing money and are just trying to build up better visuals and more recognizable imagery to sell their product worldwide.

Even though this film was quite a mess, I still want to give props to the filmmakers (one of which is the son of a great Soviet director Sergei Bondarchuk (the author of many great films and even an oscar-winning Voyna i mir (1966-67), who plays the commander in this one) for achieving a technical level of a good Hollywood production.

Too bad they had no original concept or a general idea of what they are trying to show.

Hope this review makes it easier for foreign viewers to understand and appreciate this film for what it is.

Reviewed by sukrancetik5 7 / 10

At the end we can be able to see creature on action

As we can see in all the Hollywood examples, they generally made this kind of movies in the beginning stage. Not much of them try to go further. We had to watch bloody killing stages of the rest of the crew. After seeing a few examples of those films only boredom could accompany us through the end. Russians dare to go a bit further by starting on the second stage in similar kind of movies. We all have to thank them for it. Luckily we witnessed fresh stories and we all were able to think more creatively until they changed their mind to continue as Hollywood style. But still I have hope from them. After all going this far I am sure they may suprise us one day with more creative 3rd stage.

Reviewed by grivas15 6 / 10

not an Alien, but they tried

Set in the mid 1980s, two Soviet space pilots land in Kazakhstan, and one is dead, the other brings inside him something, that makes put him in a cage and study, calling a brain doctor from Moscow. No, it is not exactly a 25th exploitation of Alien topic, but somehow close. The first hour is indeed full of suspense as we are slowly told what creature is in Vyshnyakov' s body and how they coexist or try breaking the bond. Later it becomes more of a hit and run movies only to end up in, in my mind, only possible solution for symbiosis for such creatures, human and alien. Also there is an abandoned son of the spaceman whom Tanya, the brain doctor, tries to save to.

In general, a rather good, soberly colored attempt to the popular topic of alien vs human, watch it and you might be left satisfied. In the end, who knows, maybe this has already happened in any space mission?

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