An extremely realistic thriller about Soviet Russia in the 1980s. A crazy policeman introduces his own laws when he has to solve two important cases: the kidnapping of the daughter of a local party leader and a murder.
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Lacks a dramatic focus and it too scatterbrained in its ideology. Cargo 200 lacks sustained tension and never feels like it's heading anywhere. There are too many plot and character strands to properly build understanding and characterization. It also lacks momentum and emotion and is too dull to be a genre or comedic film, while its lack of pathos makes it undramatic. Cargo 200 just leaves you cold and indifferent.
Completely engrossing and alienating at the same time - this film drags the viewer through increasingly bizarre tension until its ultimate collapse. The real beauty of Cargo 200 is the marriage of enigmatic and simplistic storytelling.
With this Balabanov goes much further than he ever did. The film is not aesthetically beautiful at all. In some moments it may seem repulsive but it gives a perfect image of Russia in the late 80s. It's a very symbolic film with laid-back but still realistic and harsh metaphors. Absolutely a must.
I forgot how to breathe while watching this movie.Absolutely brutal presenation of cruelty and alienation.Some scenes were hard to watch. It shows the nasties side of humanity,full of anger - disgusting and very unpleasant.
The crushing and disgusting story is pretty well delivered by the competent direction, cinematography and acting, but other than that, the movie's dragged down by the overly large set of characters and its insistence in just portraying the events, with no real urgency to it. It's a good movie, but it lacks emotion and, therefore, fails to inspire emotions in the viewer.