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The story is a complex and dangerous tale involving a race to find the illegitimate son of Stalin. It is a wild idea that somehow seems almost possible and certainly is filled with exciting possibilities as the story unfolds. All involved in this film do their very best to make it work and in the end they succeed.
Daniel Craig is just wonderful in his role as the Dr. Kelso, a bookish expert on Stalin and communist Russia who is drawn into an adventure of a lifetime during a conference in Moscow. Released just a year before "Casino Royale" Mr. Craig shows his range in this early foray into Bond like territory. His performance is as solid to the bone as it is captivating and even at times, moving. He carries the film with ease, and draws another memorable character in his impressive list of credits. .
The only disappointment for me was that "Archangel" being made for British television is not presented in widescreen. If you are a fan of Daniel Craig's you are in for a treat, if you are a fan of adventure, action, and mystery this is a must for your DVD collection
Chrissy K. McVay - Author
I fell in love with Yekaterina Rednikova. She reminded me of some of the wonderful interpreters I had on my many trips to Moscow and the interior. Daniel Craig was lifelike. Just like you or me. (No Schwarzenegger, Pierce Brosnan, or Bruce Willis here). Gabriel Macht was an irritant. A necessary fool.
The story, based on the book by Robert Harris, played up to the world's fascination with Stalin, Hitler and the like. Okay, but not as good as Snow Wolf by Glenn Meade. The movie played up to my fascination with Russia and its people. I was not disappointed.
Starring Daniel Craig and Avtandil Makharadze as Joseph Stalin.
A Harvard historian, in Post Soviet Moscow for a historian convention, is approached by the last surviving Russian to have witnessed the death of Joseph Stalin and is soon hot upon the trail of what appears to be the lost Diary of the Communist monster.
He soon.......to his utter horror.........learns that he is mistaken and the secret he is pursuing is one that could have catastrophic consequences for Russia.........and then the world.
Without giving too much away, the film is very similar to THE BOYS FROM BRAZIL only sans the Science Fiction/horror elements.
However one is not at all reticent to give away that this a surprisingly(considering the year, subject matter and star) excellent film in nearly every respect. It is superbly directed with a solid sense of pace. The dialogue is very good. The acting is mostly extremely good. The fellow playing Stalin could be better. The usually constipated Craig's presence does not muck it up since his character is not especially proactive and really a sort of witness to all that transpires so it makes no real difference what he does or how well or not Craig plays his part.
What makes the film truly exceptional is its handling of history. The picture is entirely comfortable with its subject and this is the type of movie---where in spite of being fictional---gives its audience a workable knowledge of the history involved without being didactic and more.......using the history to add to the suspense and power of the story. There is even a scene where someone wonders why knowing history is important and is promptly told why.........Read more ›
In the next four days Kelso finds the box has been dug up and is missing.Read more ›
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I enjoyed this one a great deal. Sometimes a movie is just that, a movie. I enjoyed the way that the mystery slowly unraveled and the end was something of a jolt. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Gary Gilfoy
Very well acted, kept my interest with good narrative and pace. Better than 90% of this genre. Ending is (barely) plausible.Published 12 months ago by G Locke
Got this to see Gabriel Macht - he isn't in it much - mostly f'fwd'd through it and just watched his scenes.Published 12 months ago by Nanci Casad