The Guardians – Russia Sci-fi
I just watched The Guardians, a Russian sci-fi movie. If you put aside the fact all characters where in one or more ways “inspired” from Iron Man, Captain America, The Guardians of the Galaxy and The Avengers its really well made.
I was afraid it would just be a bad copy with crapy CGI but I was in many ways blown away. Both CGI, GUI and screen HUD`s was impressive. If you pick it apart you find some stuff here and there that is not consistent but it never ruin the experience.
The movie was made on a budget of 330 million rubles, which is equivalent to 5 million US dollars and directed by 29 years old Sarik Andreasyan. Special effects shots appear to include actual footage of cities and sets, rather than metropolises and laboratories constructed entirely within a computer.
Russia is for sure making its mark in the movie business and it was about time. They have had many movies in other categories but I always felt they messed up when it came to hight standard Sci-fi. The movie was actually almost banned by Russian news casts and given bad critic’s.
In The Guardians they have got it right. The plot is During the Cold War, an organization called “Patriot” created a super-hero squad, which includes members of multiple soviet republics. For years, the heroes had to hide their identities, but in hard times they must show themselves again.
Jerry Bruckheimer may have convinced producers to destroy Chicago with flying robots. But Sarik Andreasyan will be the director that gives us a bear-man with a gatling gun. I can`t wait to what both Sarik and other Russian directors come up with.