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Cargo 200 (2007)

Gruz 200 (original title)
A young woman is taken hostage by a police officer gone mad.

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Angelika
Aleksey Poluyan ...
Captain Zhurov
Leonid Gromov ...
Artem, Professor of Scientific Atheism
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Aleksey
Leonid Bichevin ...
Valera
Natalya Akimova ...
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Yuriy Stepanov ...
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Sunka
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Valentina Andryukova
Konstantin Balakirev
Aleksandr Bashirov ...
Skinny Alcoholic
Alyona Falaleyeva
Yuliya Glazunova
Dmitri Karpov
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A young woman is taken hostage by a police officer gone mad.

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Odinnadtsatyy film Alekseya Balabanova (Eleventh film by Aleksey Balabanov)

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Leonid Bichevin lied that he knew how to drive to be cast for the part of Valera. A stuntman from the crew taught him on the set. See more »

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Effective, but very dark
17 June 2017 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Balabanov considered this to be one of his best films.

Cinematically Cargo 200 is pretty solidly made, it is an effective period piece horror film laden with social commentary on the disintegrating Soviet system, just prior to its collapse a few years later. It discusses police corruption, alcoholism, the black market, the nepotism of the communist party, the Afghanistan war, and the party enforced 'scientific atheism'. It is likely not a coincidence that the key antagonist, played skillfully by Alexei Poluyan, resembles Stalin's head of secret police, Nikolai Yezhov (Poluyan had previously played the role of a ruthless Soviet secret police officer in Rogozhkin's "Chekist"), and that Felix Derzhinsky's bust figures prominently in one shot.

The characters are very real, performances are effective, the cinematic treatment is Balabanov's traditional medium to wide shot (with a more static camera than usual), accompanied by period pop tunes carrying the soundtrack. The drama is suspenseful, and what is implied off screen adds to it.

Personally I would have preferred if the story didn't enter horror territory (something Brother 1 and 2, and even War didn't do), that would make the social commentary more effective and broaden its audience (though Balabanov was a typical Russian director in that he didn't much care for public opinion). Having both combined in one is overload, although if you're a bonafide horror fan (which I'm not) your opinion may differ and feel free to add some more stars to my assessment.


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