Zashchitniki [Guardians] – ***Spoilers*** Review
This article has mild spoilers, so if you don’t wish to proceed further turn back now, but trust me you aren’t missing out on much.
Let’s be honest here, Marvel has set a benchmark for all superhero movies in the last 9 years since their “Phase 1” began. Since then a lot of big budgeted production houses (yes we mean you Warner Bros.) tried to replicate the same but haven’t seen the same success.
Then comes along this small budget Russian movie Zashchitniki (also known as Guardians elsewhere) directed by Sarik Andreasyan (also known for American Heist) that looks promising in the first three trailers, but that’s where it all stops.
Bad dude Backstory
The movie starts off with a military demonstration gone wrong. A number of futuristics tanks are taken over by this superhuman who goes by the name August Kuratov (Stanislav Shirin). Back in the Russian military headquarters, Gen. Nikolay Dolgov unfolds Kuratov’s backstory. He was a scientist recruited, with several other scientists, during the war to experiment on Animals and Humans to make super-weapons. His efforts failed, while another scientist got all the plaudits. Fueled by jealousy and rage, Kuratov sets up a secret lab to do illegal experiments on humans, the government tries to shut it down but Kuratov blows up the labs with him inside and then turns into this …
The Russian government tasks Maj. Elena Larina (Valeriya Shkirando, who’s like the Nick Fury of Marvel, just sexier) with finding all the super-humans Kuratov created and convince them to join forces to stop the mad scientist. The whole sequence of finding them is rushed and tries real hard to showcase their super powers. Lernik/Ler(Sebastien Sisak) who can control rocks and make projectiles out of them is now a hermit in the countryside and agrees too easily, Temirkhan/Khan(Sanzhar Madiyev) who is fast and has mad sword skills, Arseniy/Arsus (Anton Pampushnyy) is part man and part bear with a ginormous machine gun and last but not the least Kseniya (Alina Lanina) who’s Invisible girl with mad kung-fu skills.
The Villian, if you haven’t got it by now, can control technology and uses some really tall buildings to magnify his powers to control a Soviet Space station called Hammer, to take over the earth. Guardians go into battle him twice, the first battle ends in Ler getting his back broken “Breaking the Bat” style with the other team-mates getting captured. The other one ends with the Guardians combining their powers “Power Rangers” style and knocking Kuratov’s ass off the building and defeating him. He goes down in the much familiar “Villians fall to death” fashion.
Much was expected from the “American Heist” Director, but the movie fails in a lot of avenues. The editing is choppy, bad VFX & dubbing doesn’t help either. The soundtracks during the fight scenes don’t get your adrenaline going. The story is unimaginative and predictable. Overall the movie seems like a school project and at times like an Asylum movie. Still, there’s a positive, the costumes are great especially the Man-Bear and Khan’s swords, but sadly that’s it. I think the low budget and the haste to get it out hinders this from being a complete package.
Men of Comics Ratings: (1.5 / 5)
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