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Effective space alien horror with a Soviet-era twist, Sputnik proves there are still some scary good sci-fi thrillers left in the galaxy. Read critic reviews

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Summoned to a secluded research facility, a controversial young doctor examines a cosmonaut who returned to Earth with an alien parasite inside of him.

Cast & Crew

Pyotr Fyodorov
Konstantin Veshnyakov
Oksana Akinshina
Tatyana Klimova
Anna Nazarova
Nurse
Anton Vasil'ev
Oleg Malovichko
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Michael Kitaev
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Maxim Zhukov
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Oleg Karpachev
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Mariya Slavina
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Critic Reviews for Sputnik

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  • As the scientist who becomes attracted to her patient, Akinshina gives a strong performance...

    October 8, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • "Sputnik" is a reminder of the mixed-bag experience that so many of them offer: It's an efficient, effects-driven ride with snippets of real ideas, but never quite willing to take them out of this world.

    August 21, 2020 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
  • Most of all, I recommend Sputnik for its monster, which will slither then stalk and snake into your brain...

    August 20, 2020 | Full Review…
  • I found this movie a little bit generic... I am really tired of these slithery things that just screech a lot. We really need new creature animation.

    August 18, 2020 | Full Review…
  • It has the sensibility of [Andrei] Tarkovsky, but it also has the rage and thriller aspects of Ridley Scott.

    August 18, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Sputnik sets its scene with a modicum of fuss and a healthy dose of ominousness...Sputnik nonetheless has a concept ideal for follow-up installments.

    August 17, 2020 | Full Review…
  • As the scientist who becomes attracted to her patient, Akinshina gives a strong performance...

    October 8, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • "Sputnik" is a reminder of the mixed-bag experience that so many of them offer: It's an efficient, effects-driven ride with snippets of real ideas, but never quite willing to take them out of this world.

    August 21, 2020 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
  • Most of all, I recommend Sputnik for its monster, which will slither then stalk and snake into your brain...

    August 20, 2020 | Full Review…
  • I found this movie a little bit generic... I am really tired of these slithery things that just screech a lot. We really need new creature animation.

    August 18, 2020 | Full Review…
  • As with any effective horror film, many scenes need no talk, which works well for those who dislike reading subtitles. Just sit back, watch, and occasionally jump out of your chair.

    July 19, 2021 | Full Review…
  • The problem isn't so much that Sputnik is made from parts of other, better movies as that director Egor Abramenko can't reconfigure them into anything interesting.

    June 5, 2021 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Sputnik

  • Oct 21, 2020
    If you watched the excellent "Life" sci-fi horror thriller, this is its spiritual sequel. A cosmonaut returns with an alien life form in this slow-burn Russian export.
    Mark B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 11, 2020
    Slow moving Russian tale about a cosmonaut that returns from space with an alien parasite living inside of him...one that the government thinks it can weaponize. In the meantime, the host is slowing dying. It took me awhile to get through the thing as its got a lot of soap opera style talky exposition and is somehow low on the action quotient. Yawn.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2020
    Like a lot of these kinds of thrillers the most obvious reference point is "Alien" however "Sputnik" finds some unique ways to shake up that movie's plot structure. Also, for the first time in a long while, the creature design matches the great concept.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 03, 2020
    The sci-fi, creature feature is normally cornered by the American market so it's encouraging to see a Russian take on things which adds a new level to low-cost B-movie making. Egor Abramenko's Sputnik starts very strongly and manages to maintain the intrigue and intensity for the majority of its running time. It's clever enough to know that taking its time and building the tension moment from moment is the best way to hold your attention. And it works. It's a solid sci-fi/horror that benefits from a strong story, engaging performances and impressive production value. It's just a shame, that in the final 20mins, it abandons it's methodical approach and the characters' motivations became silly and contrived. Despite this unfortunate unravelling, however, there's still much to recommend it.
    Mark W Super Reviewer

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