Obitaemyy ostrov: Skhvatka (2009)
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Fyodur Bondarchuk's conclusion to The Inhabited Island is a science fiction thriller with some features to be proud of.
This film being the second part of the Strugatsky brother's novel, makes viewing the first installment a requirement. There is a brief rundown of the story in the beginning of this picture, but it is not a substitute for the first film. It is more of a refresher.
The futuristic story contains plot holes, as there is not enough explanations for a number of elements throughout the 1 hour 40 minute picture. That isn't to say that the story is hard to follow. It just takes some effort, which can be frustrating.
There isn't anything out of the ballpark when it comes to the action. The explosive tank sequence looks good visually, while the hand to hand combat isn't too bad either.
Vasily Stepanov's cheerful disposition is a mixed bag. It brings confidence to the character; however there are times where it makes it difficult to take his character seriously. The rest of the supporting cast pass the test.
The Inhabited Island: Skirmish does bring closure to the story and while there is room for improvement, there is a bit of an epic feel to it all.
Part II finale of [Obitaemyy Ostrov (The Inhabited Island)]. Still big production (visually stunning), big scenes & confusing plots as its prequel. Apparent imbalance narrative between the first 2/3 part & the ending which makes the latter look being wrapping up in rush. Actually, this & the prequel should have been merged, with a lot of trimmings done, into 1 much tighter & more intensive piece.
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