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Newsmakers (Goryachie novosti)2009

Newsmakers (Goryachie novosti) (2009)

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Johnnie To's Breaking News gets a Moscow make over in this remake from Frostbite director Anders Banke. When footage of Russian police failing to capture a vicious gang of robbers makes the news, public confidence in the police plummets. Determined that the police can regain their reputation by broadcasting their hunt for the gang, business savvy PR director Katya convinces the authorities to turn the mission into a reality show. At first Katya's plan seems to work, but when the plan backfires and the police come up empty handed, editors manipulate the footage to make it look like the mission was a success. Enraged after seeing the falsified outcome of the conflict on television, the leader of the gang wages a media war by firing up his webcam and broadcasting the real story as it continues to unfold.

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Anders Banke's Newsmakers gives Russia a suitable enough entry into the crime drama genre.

Closely based off of the Johnnie To film, Breaking News, the story contains a little twist to the cops and robbers concept by heavily involving the media as a third player. This brings something different to the table, although the overall tone of the movie is disrupted by the way it is handled. There is a little too much emphasis on the use of "creating a show."

The action sequences are a positive. The shootouts are well-crafted, lengthy, and spread out throughout the entire picture. The sound effects for the guns also provide that extra kick to the battles.

The acting is acceptable all around, but a number of characters lack sufficient development to really mean anything. Mariya Mashkova probably gets the most build up, but she isn't entirely likable. Andrey Merzlikin and Yevgeni Tsyganov end up with the other notable characters of the film.

Newsmakers has the action and an interesting concept with the story. It doesn't come across as an extraordinary piece of work, but it is a watchable film out of Russia.

JY Skacto
JY Skacto

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