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Black Lightning (Chyornaya Molniya)

Black Lightning (Chyornaya Molniya) (2009)


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Release Date: Dec 28, 2009 Wide

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As co-directed by Alexander Voitinsky and Dmitry Kiselev and produced by Timur Bekmambetov, the Russian-language science fiction thriller Black Lightning concerns a student, whose life turns a bizarre corner when he learns that the battered car he received from his father is capable of flight. He instantly assumes an alternate identity, as a crime-fighting superhero named 'Black Lightning,' and watches his reputation at school shift from outcast to Mr. Popularity, overnight. Meanwhile, villains

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A fun idea, but a lot rough around the edges. The flying car was very hoaky looking to me (while flying). This movie reminded me of an old Disney watching Chitty Chitty Bang Bang superhero style! The young actors did a really good job, and I was very impressed with the lead Grigori Dobrygin. I wouldn't be surprised if America got a hold of this story, and perfected those special effects...
August 7, 2012

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A young student happens upon an old automobile that was a prototype for a new energy source and uses its unique abilities to fight crime in his hometown of Moscow. There's one thing Black Lightning cannot be accused of and that's originality. A poor, dorky student vies for the affections of his sweetheart with his richer, more popular friend even though she harbours feelings for the masked hero, and he decides to fight crime after his do-gooder father figure is murdered by a mugger after his selfish actions make him fail to intervene. Stan Lee's lawyers must be rubbing their hands with glee. Add to that the fact that although the special effects are quite good and the aerial action scenes pretty well done, they are almost identical to those of Iron Man and Black Lightning's astonishing lack of imagination really begins to nettle. It's actually like a diluted, kiddified version of the two Marvel franchises, which considering those films are far superior and both rated PG 13 anyway makes this film seem utterly redundant. It's not an awful film by any means, but quite why anyone would choose it over Iron Man, Spider Man or even The Rocketeer, I have no idea.
July 11, 2012
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If you are a fan of "Night Watch" and "Day Watch" (as I am) then you were probably really looking forward to seeing this Timur Bekmambetov produced Russian superhero film. It has all the elements in place to fit right into that weird fantasy sub-genre along with "Wanted" and anything else that Timur gets involved with. Well, you'd think that until you realise whoever directed this (Dmitriy Kiselev and Aleksandr Voytinskiy) are certainly not in the same class at all.
To be honest, I was underwhelmed. On the the plus side it had three actors in it from "Night Watch" (Viktor Verzhbitskiy, Valeriy Zolotukhin, Sergey Legostaev), one from "Wanted" (Dato Bakhtadze) and a lot of pretty Russian TV stars. On the negative side, only Viktor "Zavulon" Verzhbitskiy had much of a role and he was typecast anyway. Everything was unevenly paced and there was just a complete lack of consistency about the leads, Grigoriy Dobrygin and Ekaterina Vilkova (who, of course, you've never heard of), that it was hard to tell if this was a serious film or simply a plagiarised parody of 2008's American batch of superheroes.
If you've ever watched a "Spider-man", "Iron Man" or "Batman" movie then you've seen all this before. In fact, the most memorable scenes of each are used in such a glaringly obvious way that this could be something made by the Asylum people rather than a big name like Universal.
To be really derogatory about "Black Lightning", it could be described as "Spider-man" without a radioactive spider bite mixed with "Iron Man" with a car instead of a suit mixed with "Batman" set in Moscow rather than Gotham. I think there was at least one scene lifted straight out of "Superman" too and the villain's car looks ridiculously like the DeLorean from "Back to the Future".
The funny thing is that if you've never seen any other superhero film then you will probably enjoy it. I liked it for the first half hour or so but the whole thing with the flying car was too silly especially as it was all done better in "Day Watch". All the product placement with the Apple iPhones soon got old as well especially as the same thing happened with the Nokia 7650 in "Night Watch".
The special effects were good enough for this kind of thing. I'm not sure how low-budget this film actually was because there was obviously a lot of work put into the effects even if they weren't all that convincing. I've got a suspicion that "Black Lightning" is really a kids' film anyway (and by "kids" I do mean really little kids) and they probably wouldn't notice all the flaws that adults do. When I was little I thought that "Star Wars" was really good but I can't even bear to watch it now so just envision a generation of Russian children adding this to their future nostalgia collection.
Having seen a few films meant for children over the years both as a child and as an adult, I won't say that this is the worst I've ever seen. I reserve that particular honour for "Stormbreaker" (2006) which I advise you all to watch just before viewing "Black Lightning" if you want to double your disappointment.
Timur Bekmambetov is supposedly going to direct the American remake of "Black Lightning". I don't know if that will improve things or whether it will turn out to be just a bigger budget version of all this childish silliness for the Summer but I'm sure we'll all find out.
December 29, 2010

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