One review on 26 Nov 2023

Russia 2020

Running time: 113 mins

Sputnik

Director : Egor Abramenko 

Setting: USSR Kazakhstan 1983
Original language: Russsian
Summary: Returning cosmonaut survives an incident on re-entry but with a passenger.


Cast:

  • Oksana Akinshina  Tatyana (the psychogist)
  • Fedor Bondarchuk  Colonel Semiradov (the head of the facility)
  • Pyotr Fyodorov  Konstattin (the cosmonaut)


Aspect Ratio: 2.35 (anamorphic)

Colour: Colour

Sound: Stereo


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First Seen: Sun 26th Nov 2023
Catalogued: 28th Nov 2023

Synopsis

Rengade pschologist Tatyana is drafted in to assess the mental state of the reurned cosmonaut as he has no memory of what happene at the end of the mission - he was found half dead in the capsule and his colleague was very dead.

She quickly discovers that all is not as it seems and he is actually infected with an alien life form that emerges at night to feast on the fear of its victims. 

The authorities are trying to control and weaponise the alien, but Tatyana wants to help the cosmonaut. 

This is not going to end well.

Reviews

by rogerco on Sun 26th Nov 2023 DVD proj @ home (Subtitled)

Good Psycho Sci-Fi

Summary

Somewhat derivative (Alien) but very competently done

Full review

The narrative develops well as Tatyana, and we, uncover the truth of what is going on and has to deal with it. Special effects of the Alien (reference intended) very good. As often with aliens HP Lovecraft has a lot to answer for - tentacles and slime! The three lead characters all very solid.

Also interesting to see a Russian film looking back to the late Soviet period - bare corridors and lightbulbs, paranoia and little rebellions against pervading authority - so different to Russia today, and more like England today.

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