The 9th Company (9 rota) (2005)
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Critic Reviews for The 9th Company (9 rota)
The unquestioning lionising of Russian heroism is far from comfortable viewing, especially given the Putin regime's darkening human rights record.
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...
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.
The characters are given life by the script and actors, while the mountainous terrain (provided by Crimea) adds novelty to the combat scenes.
Tells a familiar story very well, thanks to a charismatic ensemble cast and boundless ambition when it comes to the scale.
It may not be a new subject but, as an update on bellicose jingoism, it's just right.
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
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.
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.
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