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The 9th Company (9 rota) (2010)

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Fedor Bondarchuk, the son of noted Russian filmmaker Sergei Bondarchuk, debuts as a director with the harrowing and relentless military drama 9th Company, set between 1988 and 1989 at the tail end of the U.S.S.R. Afghani war (the Soviet equivalent of Vietnam). The picture opens in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, in late 1988, when military trainees Petrovsky, Ryaba, Chugun, Stas, Pinochet, Lyutev and Vorobyev are whipped into shape at a training camp by the brutal, sadistic commander, Warrant Officer

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Yuri Korotkov, Yury Korotkov

Aug 31, 2010

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The unquestioning lionising of Russian heroism is far from comfortable viewing, especially given the Putin regime's darkening human rights record.

February 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out | Comments (8)
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For all the grim reality of death and danger, it's mostly a paean to brotherhood, loyalty and honor in a lost cause, with a stock company of character types bonding under fire...

September 4, 2010 Full Review Source: Seanax.com
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So is the director's beef with the barefoot belligerent fundamentalist Afghans or the beefy bungling brass of the Soviet Union? Less likely any of the above, than a battle of the blockbusters showdown with Hollywood, as to whose got the bigger bull-ets.

August 14, 2010 Full Review Source: WBAI Radio
WBAI Radio

The characters are given life by the script and actors, while the mountainous terrain (provided by Crimea) adds novelty to the combat scenes.

February 19, 2007 Full Review Source: Sunday Times (UK)
Sunday Times (UK)

Tells a familiar story very well, thanks to a charismatic ensemble cast and boundless ambition when it comes to the scale.

February 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

It may not be a new subject but, as an update on bellicose jingoism, it's just right.

February 16, 2007 Full Review Source: thelondonpaper
thelondonpaper

It's beautifully shot and includes bravura set pieces from the front line. Unsurprisingly, it ends badly.

February 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph | Comments (2)
Daily Telegraph

It's all beautifully photographed and lit, using a bright palette that recalls old Technicolor, and exerts a cumulative power over its 130 minutes.

February 16, 2007 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

The film has no real thematic ambition beyond restating the old "war is hell" adage.

February 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Independent
Independent

Americanised macho-sentimental war movie about an isolated Soviet division.

February 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

To a man, the movie's impressive young Russian cast cover themselves in glory with some truly top-notch turns.

February 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Sun Online
Sun Online

With what's going on in Afghanistan today, 9th Company is nothing if not timely.

February 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

It isn't original and it isn't subtle, but this is an intelligent and well-made war film that hammers its point home with explosive force.

February 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

the movie's relevance to current events is inescapable - especially when underlined in dialogue like, "In all of history, no one has ever managed to conquer Afghanistan."

February 16, 2007 Full Review Source: BBC

Director Fyodor Bondarchuk handles the action sequences impressively but relies heavily on a bombastic orchestral score and slow-motion effects, while the film's nationalistic sentiments ensure the enemy remains faceless and fanatical.

February 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Full of good intentions and scattered with more than a few gob-smacking scenes, this could have really taken it to Hollywood if only it had a little more to say than "war is hell here too."

February 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
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Audience Reviews for The 9th Company (9 rota)

A excellent Russian Film based on a true story of a battle in the invasion of Afghanistan. See a group of young men from home town to boot camp to the war in Afghanistan. What we see what happens to these men, in the end Russia is a broke nation from a useless, senseless, life costly war. Does it sound familiar, one line in the war by a Sergeant Major, Afghanistan a nation that has never been defeated. So what did we learn from the Russians nothing. A very bloody story, would not recommend for any solider who has been in battle the past year. 5 stars
July 26, 2011
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Bruce Bruce

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In a word, FANTASTIC! This film is so well made, you would think it was a big budget hollywood flick. The dvd has both english & russian soundtracks. Don't sell yourself short by watching the dubbed version. The acting, directing, and screen writing is top notch. I got goosebumps watching this film. This is basically a story about the tail end of the Russian occupation of Afghanistan. The film tells of the gruesome nature of war, and it's lingering effects. The special effects, and action sequences, left me in awe. What a gem.
December 12, 2010
itsjustme2004

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A Russian Full Metal Jacket that takes us from the training of troops to their eventual tragic deaths. Set during the 80's conflict with Afghanistan you would expect that artistic parallels would be drawn. Unfortunately this is as much a Hollywood war film as Flags of Our Fathers or We Were Soldiers. It is filled with poor writing that leaves us with hollow characters personified by a single word. Artist and virgin being the two that spring to mind. You've probably guessed already that the artist is rather poetic and sees even the beauty in war while the virgin cries a lot and is scared. All these men are here by choice, we here about lives back home and they are offered a chance to not go to such a dangerous place. They all turn it down and here would be a perfect place to explore more of the characters. It never happens. The film goes on to spread a message we all know. Soldiers are heroes and fight for their countries no matter what the politics. Some nice artistic shots keep the film interesting and even exciting. One shot sees the drill sergeant denied the opportunity to go to go back into battle where all his friends died. He sits alone in a field of poppies silently crying. This one shot says more than the rest of the film.
November 7, 2008
kiriyamakazou

Super Reviewer

Poor man's 'Full Metal Jacket' which shows that the Russian filmmakers are well behind the West. Cliches flow thick and fast but with no wit or flair and some of the effects are anything but 'special'.
September 16, 2007
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