Leviathan Reviews

  • Oct 02, 2020

    Quando si decide di ambientare un film così corposo in una remoto villaggio del Nord della Russia, è praticamente impossibile ottenere quel dinamismo narrativo che potrebbe caratterizzare un qualsiasi altro film con la stessa trama. Il regista, dunque, accoglie pienamente tutti i pregi e i difetti che il territorio raccontato porta con sé: un'esperienza cupa, tragica e degradante che funziona e travolge in un baratro ideologico senza fine.

    Quando si decide di ambientare un film così corposo in una remoto villaggio del Nord della Russia, è praticamente impossibile ottenere quel dinamismo narrativo che potrebbe caratterizzare un qualsiasi altro film con la stessa trama. Il regista, dunque, accoglie pienamente tutti i pregi e i difetti che il territorio raccontato porta con sé: un'esperienza cupa, tragica e degradante che funziona e travolge in un baratro ideologico senza fine.

  • Jul 29, 2020

    'Leviathan' is not just an "against the system" film. It is an epos, it is forceful, creative and incredibly engaging. Yes, it is a story of a man fighting against an oligarchic corrupted system, a tough, cruel fight against the unavoidable. But the film's breathtaking shots serve to strengthen this inevitable loss; he was never going to win anyway. His struggle against his fall does nothing but fool himself, while the cold scenery - which Zvyagintsev so masterfully reminds us - seems to pervade the film and the protagonists' life. Coldness is this film's essence because coldness is life's essence under corruption. All in all, it is not a pleasant film. It is dark, perhaps darker than it seems at first, it is bleak and bitter, but despite the drama it does serve its purpose: tell the story of a man who sees his life fail - because under corruption you can only fail, if you are not a part of it, that is.

    'Leviathan' is not just an "against the system" film. It is an epos, it is forceful, creative and incredibly engaging. Yes, it is a story of a man fighting against an oligarchic corrupted system, a tough, cruel fight against the unavoidable. But the film's breathtaking shots serve to strengthen this inevitable loss; he was never going to win anyway. His struggle against his fall does nothing but fool himself, while the cold scenery - which Zvyagintsev so masterfully reminds us - seems to pervade the film and the protagonists' life. Coldness is this film's essence because coldness is life's essence under corruption. All in all, it is not a pleasant film. It is dark, perhaps darker than it seems at first, it is bleak and bitter, but despite the drama it does serve its purpose: tell the story of a man who sees his life fail - because under corruption you can only fail, if you are not a part of it, that is.

  • May 27, 2020

    A movie about awful people doing awful things. There is not redeeming value no matter how well the actors do it.

    A movie about awful people doing awful things. There is not redeeming value no matter how well the actors do it.

  • Feb 27, 2020

    Très bon film, un peu dur à la fin tout de même. Très russe...

    Très bon film, un peu dur à la fin tout de même. Très russe...

  • Feb 03, 2020

    A movie about corruption, injustice and uncertainty. Zviagynstev loves uncertainty and keeping answers. Pacing was a big problem to keep invested at all times.

    A movie about corruption, injustice and uncertainty. Zviagynstev loves uncertainty and keeping answers. Pacing was a big problem to keep invested at all times.

  • Aug 19, 2019

    The pace is just a little slow but the performances and the teachings of life are overwhelming, is when people with missfortune ask about that God of them and sometimes it does not appers nothing except more disgrace, and the end is an irony but is part of the real life.

    The pace is just a little slow but the performances and the teachings of life are overwhelming, is when people with missfortune ask about that God of them and sometimes it does not appers nothing except more disgrace, and the end is an irony but is part of the real life.

  • May 16, 2019

    A bleak film but one with clever presentation and sound. The story material isn't the most exciting and can start to get tiring near the end - but it really started off excellently

    A bleak film but one with clever presentation and sound. The story material isn't the most exciting and can start to get tiring near the end - but it really started off excellently

  • Jan 26, 2019

    If you believe that evil rules everyone and everything on earth then this movie is for you. As 'dark' and depressing a movie as I have seen. This movie also shows that even foreign films have nothing but loathing and animosity towards Christianity. The movie is built around a corrupt mayor in cahoots with a pious, pompous catholic priest, who is anything but a Christian leader, who tries to justify the evil acts of the mayor with false scripture and interpretations in order to get a church built. Everyone is a drunk, immoral, selfish, self-centered, self-serving, or some other manner of deviant human being. Even the film title ï¿ 1/2~Leviathanï¿ 1/2(TM) and front cover are false misrepresentations. There are only two very short shots of the whale's skeleton and it has nothing to do with the movie. This is the outcome of communist/socialist/progressive governments/societies. If you want to feel bad about everything and everyone watch this movie.

    If you believe that evil rules everyone and everything on earth then this movie is for you. As 'dark' and depressing a movie as I have seen. This movie also shows that even foreign films have nothing but loathing and animosity towards Christianity. The movie is built around a corrupt mayor in cahoots with a pious, pompous catholic priest, who is anything but a Christian leader, who tries to justify the evil acts of the mayor with false scripture and interpretations in order to get a church built. Everyone is a drunk, immoral, selfish, self-centered, self-serving, or some other manner of deviant human being. Even the film title ï¿ 1/2~Leviathanï¿ 1/2(TM) and front cover are false misrepresentations. There are only two very short shots of the whale's skeleton and it has nothing to do with the movie. This is the outcome of communist/socialist/progressive governments/societies. If you want to feel bad about everything and everyone watch this movie.

  • Apr 27, 2018

    A sensitive portrait of one man's profound, frustratingly recalcitrant sadness. Delicately acted. Exquisite scenery.

    A sensitive portrait of one man's profound, frustratingly recalcitrant sadness. Delicately acted. Exquisite scenery.

  • Apr 08, 2018

    Andrey Zvyagintsev's Leviathan encapsulates the melancholy of Russia in the evocatively beautiful and lugubrious style which marks its most profound works. Synchronously paralleling the Story of Job and the corruption of Putin's Russia, the 72nd Golden Globes's Best Foreign Film achieves satirization without detracting from its artistry, drollery without degrading its sense of authenticity, and not insignificant predictability, for those aware of Job's trials or the Aristotelean definition of tragedy, without failing to commandeer the viewers's attention for but a moment. The conclusion is so poignant as to assail your emotional capacity with the lethality of a Siberian pit viper, injecting you with pure pensiveness regarding the injustice of this world, but more than anything, how this cosmic indifference can be so beautiful. Zvyagintsev has made his evocation of depression more desirable than the most intense rapture of any other director; it's as if he's performing Tchaikovsky on the strings of your heart. If you are seeking a allegorical drama with the depth of feeling that is so sorely lacking from the world of film, oversaturated with saccharine and formulaic features, Leviathan beckons, inviting you to purge the banality of your day, week, or year with cleansing sorrow.

    Andrey Zvyagintsev's Leviathan encapsulates the melancholy of Russia in the evocatively beautiful and lugubrious style which marks its most profound works. Synchronously paralleling the Story of Job and the corruption of Putin's Russia, the 72nd Golden Globes's Best Foreign Film achieves satirization without detracting from its artistry, drollery without degrading its sense of authenticity, and not insignificant predictability, for those aware of Job's trials or the Aristotelean definition of tragedy, without failing to commandeer the viewers's attention for but a moment. The conclusion is so poignant as to assail your emotional capacity with the lethality of a Siberian pit viper, injecting you with pure pensiveness regarding the injustice of this world, but more than anything, how this cosmic indifference can be so beautiful. Zvyagintsev has made his evocation of depression more desirable than the most intense rapture of any other director; it's as if he's performing Tchaikovsky on the strings of your heart. If you are seeking a allegorical drama with the depth of feeling that is so sorely lacking from the world of film, oversaturated with saccharine and formulaic features, Leviathan beckons, inviting you to purge the banality of your day, week, or year with cleansing sorrow.