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Art house meets grind house in Cargo 200, Alexey Balabanov's morbidly compelling thriller set in the Soviet Union.
Regardless of intent, Cargo 200 is beautifully filmed and completely disturbing for its entire running time.
A grim grindhouse black comedy thriller that is a disturbing look at Russia before Perestroika.
This is not a movie for those with weak stomachs, but it is haunting if you can stomach the disgusting acts of sexual abuse and murder.
Mildly compelling, but, essentially, it's just another bland, tedious, pointless version of Hostel with much less blood-and-guts and ultimately leaves you with a bitter aftertaste.
The realism of the cinematography, the pull-no-punches style in the scenes that depict Russia's military as a disenfranchised bunch of thugs and the gumption to toss it into one pot all deliver a robust recipe.
Incredibly perverse and weirdly fascinating look at the Soviet Union in the pre-Glasnost era.
Balabanov has crafted horror setpieces as vile (and strangely aesthetically pleasing) as anything you might see in contemporary torture porn, but Cargo's slow-burn build give each act of rape, murder, torture and necrophilia that much more weight.
A depressing Russian thriller set in 1984 that paints a very unpretty picture of society.
Soviet lives are uncomfortable to watch here but as compelling as Richard Widmark's début in 'Kiss of Death' or Tarantino's more graphic one with 'Reservoir Dogs.'
Balabanov (Brother) writes and directs with an almost unnervingly naturalistic style, loading each scene with pitch-black humour
Balabanov imbues his uncompromisingly matter-of-fact horror show material with a shrewd politicized consciousness.
I still am uncertain what to think of this film, the previous Balabanov film was a comedic gem really taking black comedies in the direction you'd think they'd go. Known for his Tarantino-esque sense of humour and combining violence with laughs it was quite enjoyable. However, this story as gritty as it is and how true it may be is something entirely. There's maybe two people in the entire film that have anything close to a conscience. The perfomances are really believable and the violence is almost random acts of brutality. What you're gonna look at me in the wrong way? Fuck you buddy, the military's gonna beat you up. It's just really scary to see how far authority can go..or heck, how corrupt ANYONE could be. Really different, and definitely not for the weak stomachs, either. Although, I did particularly enjoy the political/philosophical debates over copious amounts of moonshine. A curious look into communist russia, for sure.
Brutal and criminally unknown film about interconnecting stories revolving around a police chief who as gone mad in 80?s Russia. Beautifully shot and directed with great performances by the whole cast. Downbeat, but a must see.
[font=Century Gothic]"Cargo 200" starts with Artem(Leonid Gromov), a professor of scientific atheism, drinking with his brother Mikhail(Yuri Stepanov), an army colonel, on a balcony in Leningrad in 1984. Artem leaves to visit their mother in Leninsk but his car breaks down along the way. Seeing a light in the distance, he goes to a cabin to ask for help and Sunka(Mikhail Skryabin), a Vietnamese national, fixes his car. A short time later, Valera(Leonid Bichevin) convinces Angelika(Agniya Kuznetsova) to go with him someplace secluded and nearby but they end up at the very same cabin where Valera manages to pass out drunk...[/font]
[font=Century Gothic]Based on a true story, "Cargo 200" is a nasty, dark and brooding tale set at a time when the Soviet Union was collapsing under its own weight as dead bodies were being returned in coffins from Afghanistan at an ever increasing rate as live bodies were going in the opposite direction, the powers that be trying to cover their tracks as best they could. And on a local level, authority was either alternately being abused or simply ignored. While all of this was going on, the older generation simply scoffed at the younger generation who they expected to fight their battles but instead just ignored the old orthodoxy.[/font]
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