The 9th Company (9 rota)


The 9th Company (9 rota)

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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.

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Critic Reviews for The 9th Company (9 rota)

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (5)

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

    Feb 16, 2007 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

    Times (UK)
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  • 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 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Americanised macho-sentimental war movie about an isolated Soviet division.

    Feb 16, 2007 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • 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 16, 2007 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The unquestioning lionising of Russian heroism is far from comfortable viewing, especially given the Putin regime's darkening human rights record.

    Feb 14, 2007 | Full Review…
  • 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...

    Sep 4, 2010 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The 9th Company (9 rota)

  • Jul 23, 2012
    The Russian film the 9th company explores the Soviets war in Afghanistan. With nine soldiers you get a sense of what each one is like in it's superb character development. It has humor in the C4 scene and then it has an action scene for an ending. It was called Russia's Apocalypse Now, I wouldn't go that far, but I would say its a decent war film. In my mind a bit over extended with 140 minutes of footage, but on the other hand it had a lot to show. Like many war movies I preferred the boot camp part to the war part, but for me that's already to be expected.
    Daniel D Super Reviewer
  • Mar 14, 2012
    Now I've never seen any Russian movie before watching this movie. I got to say, it set the bar pretty high for future Russian for me to watch. The 9th Company is based on a true story of the 9th company during the Soviet invasion in Afghanistan in the 1980's. Now the writing is really good as the story gives us human characters as these soldiers react how any normal person would act in the military. There not just soldiers fighting for there country, there well developed characters that want more than pride for there country. The story is interesting throughout the movie, but it doesn't always keep your interest. Some parts slow down the movie or just feel unnecessary. One good thing about the story is that the soldiers in this movie aren't just on a bloody rampage, they have a purpose and it's clear what that purpose is. The direction spot on and it'll has the feel and look of big-budget movie. The actors give good performance, though none of them in particular stand out in that category. One thing I did enjoy was the score of the movie as it also help convey emotion into a scene with great effect. Now I will add that this movie doesn't exactly stand out in any particular way, but for it's production value makes it worth a watch. The 9th Company is a military movie that doesn't stand out from other movie like it, but it's a great and entertaining watch. It pays respect to the soldiers who fought in this war and certainly respect the viewer by giving a mature viewing experience.
    Caesar M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 26, 2011
    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 B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 12, 2010
    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 Super Reviewer

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