The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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Soulless, joyless and depressingly graceless, Alien Girl plays like an early Guy Ritchie knockoff without the jokes or Cockney accents.
In his feature debut, Bormatov doesn't much bother with things like character development, relying instead on raw brutality, profanity and sex.
From its title, "Alien Girl" seems to promise some kind of playful intergalactic adventure. That, it is not.
Is it too much to ask for a little character development and a touch of humor between the infrequent set pieces?
Alien Girl delivers wearisome brutality but little finesse.
[A] B-grade genre flick, which feigns interest in post-Communist Eastern European power dynamics but favors listlessly staged shoot-outs and heists devoid of emotional, psychological, or sociopolitical substance.
Alien Girl exudes a wearying, recombinant raison d'être; it's as if all the parts of a dozen American crime thrillers were distilled through a heavy sociocultural filter, reconstituted, and then aped in middling fashion.
Though it's aware of post-Soviet balkanization and the many terrible ways Eastern European men can behave, it mostly seems to unironically enjoy degradation.
Gritty and action-packed, but often contrived and monotonous while lacking enough of a heart and brain to be a truly suspenseful and engrossing Russian gangster film.
By-the-numbers crime thriller set in 1990s Ukraine, Prague and Bratislava, with a femme fatale and fatheads.
The narrative is as complex as a piece of dry white toast.
Sometimes the most useful way to critique a system is to plunge headlong into its putrid, stinking underbelly.
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