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Danila (Sergei Bodrov, Jr.) returns from army service to a St. Petersburg transformed into a casual culture high on music and consumerism. The chaotic atmosphere, carefully depicted by Balabanov's moody camerawork, easily invites the smug, belligerent Danila into a world of crime. Soon the youth is accompanying his brother Viktor, contract killer for the Russian underworld, on violent escapades where wads of cash and a well-gripped gun are the ultimate symbols of power. Bodrov's cynical, brutal performance, reminiscent of tough-guy roles from countless Hollywood mob movies, further conveys the sense that 1990's St. Petersburg is not a far cry from the blood-strewn Chicago of the late 1920s. And like Bogart and Cagney, Bodrov makes his morally challenged hero strangely likeable.
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between competing sections of the Russian mafia.
Into this steps a young man fresh out of Army service, who comes to stay with his older
brother who (as it turns out) is himself a hit man. Before long, the younger brother has
taken over for the older, and is coolly and efficiently killing off targets and double crossing
Sort of a combination art film and gangster action film, this never does much more than entertain,
and there's a certain phony James Bond quality to some of the violence.
But it's never dull, and has some nice subtle touches, wry commentary on the ruthlessness
of capitalism and the 'free market' taken to the extreme, and solid performances.
So sorry we lost Sergei Bodrov Jr. so soon. He had a magnetic quality so rarely found in modern film actors.
"WARNING POSSIBLE SPOLIERS"
It starts out with Danila he wonders onto a movie set, he gets into trouble for it. As it turns out, he recently returned from the war. And his mother seems to admire his big brother more then him. Well anyways he goes to St. Petersburg to live with his brother. There he meets all sorts of people. He makes friends with a homeless German, with a female drugee, and he makes love to a married woman, who not only becomes his misterss, but whose husband also abuses her. He also likes music a lot too. See there's some redeming qualities right there!
Well anways back to his brother, his brother isn't so innocent. His brother hires him to kill a Chechnian warlord for him. Well sooner or later, he kills mercifulessly the people sent by the Chechnian warlord. And at the end well I won't tell you the end, just watch it and see.
Not recommended for children at all!