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134 Ratings

Red Army

Directed by Gabe Polsky
Russia, United States, 2014
Documentary, Sport


Red Army is a feature documentary about the Soviet Union and the most successful dynasty in sports history: the Red Army hockey team. Told from the perspective of its captain Slava Fetisov, the story portrays his transformation from national hero to political enemy.

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Red Army Directed by Gabe Polsky
Polsky relies too heavily on subtitled exposition laid over gimmicky imagery of newspaper clippings, bombarding with graphics and facts. None of this is helped by Christophe Beck’s score (he of Frozen fame, now a go-to composer for ice-related feature films), which jockeys the film along at an uneven pace, dramatically under-scoring the film’s already-unbalanced and hyperactively edited emotional beats.
October 12, 2015
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Red Army starts off unpromisingly… Fortunately, director Gabe Polsky has a personal relationship with his subject, which helps him to settle down and tell a rich and highly engaging set of stories.
October 02, 2015
As Soviet communism reached a dead end in the 1980s, Soviet ideals remained alive and well in the form of the nation’s hockey team, the Red Army, who were world champions for most of the decade. This engaging documentary provocatively suggests that the team succeeded in large part because of communist indoctrination. Trained to think as a collective, the team was unbeatable…
February 04, 2015
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