The 9th Company (9 rota) (2005)




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Fedor Bondarchuk, the son of noted Russian filmmaker Sergei Bondarchuk, debuts as a director with the harrowing and relentless military drama 9th Company, set between 1988 and 1989 at the tail end of the U.S.S.R. Afghani war (the Soviet equivalent of Vietnam). The picture opens in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, in late 1988, when military trainees Petrovsky, Ryaba, Chugun, Stas, Pinochet, Lyutev and Vorobyev are whipped into shape at a training camp by the brutal, sadistic commander, Warrant Officer Dygalo - prior to being sent off to the front lines. After several one-by-one dalliances with the local whore, Snow White, and a cautionary lecture on the history, geography and culture of Afghanistan (which most of the men sleep through), the trainees head off to battle - first to the Bagram air base, then to the Afghani province of Khost to secure supply lines. But nothing can begin to prepare them for the brutal devastation into which they are plunged, or the relentless tide of slaughter that scatters thousands of Soviet victims in its wake.
R (for sequences of strong, bloody warfare, pervasive language, some sexuality/nudity and drug use)
Action & Adventure , Drama
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Critic Reviews for The 9th Company (9 rota)

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The unquestioning lionising of Russian heroism is far from comfortable viewing, especially given the Putin regime's darkening human rights record.

Full Review… | February 13, 2007
Time Out
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For all the grim reality of death and danger, it's mostly a paean to brotherhood, loyalty and honor in a lost cause, with a stock company of character types bonding under fire...

Full Review… | September 4, 2010

So is the director's beef with the barefoot belligerent fundamentalist Afghans or the beefy bungling brass of the Soviet Union? Less likely any of the above, than a battle of the blockbusters showdown with Hollywood, as to whose got the bigger bull-ets.

Full Review… | August 14, 2010
WBAI Radio

The characters are given life by the script and actors, while the mountainous terrain (provided by Crimea) adds novelty to the combat scenes.

Full Review… | February 18, 2007
Sunday Times (UK)

Tells a familiar story very well, thanks to a charismatic ensemble cast and boundless ambition when it comes to the scale.

Full Review… | February 16, 2007
Times (UK)

It may not be a new subject but, as an update on bellicose jingoism, it's just right.

February 16, 2007

Audience Reviews for The 9th Company (9 rota)

A excellent Russian Film based on a true story of a battle in the invasion of Afghanistan. See a group of young men from home town to boot camp to the war in Afghanistan. What we see what happens to these men, in the end Russia is a broke nation from a useless, senseless, life costly war. Does it sound familiar, one line in the war by a Sergeant Major, Afghanistan a nation that has never been defeated. So what did we learn from the Russians nothing. A very bloody story, would not recommend for any solider who has been in battle the past year. 5 stars

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

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In a word, FANTASTIC! This film is so well made, you would think it was a big budget hollywood flick. The dvd has both english & russian soundtracks. Don't sell yourself short by watching the dubbed version. The acting, directing, and screen writing is top notch. I got goosebumps watching this film. This is basically a story about the tail end of the Russian occupation of Afghanistan. The film tells of the gruesome nature of war, and it's lingering effects. The special effects, and action sequences, left me in awe. What a gem.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

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A Russian Full Metal Jacket that takes us from the training of troops to their eventual tragic deaths. Set during the 80's conflict with Afghanistan you would expect that artistic parallels would be drawn. Unfortunately this is as much a Hollywood war film as Flags of Our Fathers or We Were Soldiers. It is filled with poor writing that leaves us with hollow characters personified by a single word. Artist and virgin being the two that spring to mind. You've probably guessed already that the artist is rather poetic and sees even the beauty in war while the virgin cries a lot and is scared. All these men are here by choice, we here about lives back home and they are offered a chance to not go to such a dangerous place. They all turn it down and here would be a perfect place to explore more of the characters. It never happens. The film goes on to spread a message we all know. Soldiers are heroes and fight for their countries no matter what the politics. Some nice artistic shots keep the film interesting and even exciting. One shot sees the drill sergeant denied the opportunity to go to go back into battle where all his friends died. He sits alone in a field of poppies silently crying. This one shot says more than the rest of the film.

Luke Baldock
Luke Baldock

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