Reviews

Sep 4, 2010
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...
Aug 14, 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.
Feb 19, 2007
The characters are given life by the script and actors, while the mountainous terrain (provided by Crimea) adds novelty to the combat scenes.
Feb 16, 2007
Tells a familiar story very well, thanks to a charismatic ensemble cast and boundless ambition when it comes to the scale.
Feb 16, 2007
It may not be a new subject but, as an update on bellicose jingoism, it's just right.
Feb 16, 2007
It's beautifully shot and includes bravura set pieces from the front line. Unsurprisingly, it ends badly.
Feb 16, 2007
It's all beautifully photographed and lit, using a bright palette that recalls old Technicolor, and exerts a cumulative power over its 130 minutes.
Feb 16, 2007
The film has no real thematic ambition beyond restating the old "war is hell" adage.
Feb 16, 2007
Americanised macho-sentimental war movie about an isolated Soviet division.
Feb 16, 2007
To a man, the movie's impressive young Russian cast cover themselves in glory with some truly top-notch turns.
Feb 16, 2007
With what's going on in Afghanistan today, 9th Company is nothing if not timely.
Feb 16, 2007
It isn't original and it isn't subtle, but this is an intelligent and well-made war film that hammers its point home with explosive force.
Feb 16, 2007
the movie's relevance to current events is inescapable - especially when underlined in dialogue like, "In all of history, no one has ever managed to conquer Afghanistan."
Feb 14, 2007
The unquestioning lionising of Russian heroism is far from comfortable viewing, especially given the Putin regime's darkening human rights record.
Feb 14, 2007
Director Fyodor Bondarchuk handles the action sequences impressively but relies heavily on a bombastic orchestral score and slow-motion effects, while the film's nationalistic sentiments ensure the enemy remains faceless and fanatical.
Feb 14, 2007
Full of good intentions and scattered with more than a few gob-smacking scenes, this could have really taken it to Hollywood if only it had a little more to say than "war is hell here too."