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Dark Planet [DVD]

2.4 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Vasiliy Stepanov, Yuliya Snigir, Pyotr Fyodorov, Sergey Garmash, Yuri Kutsenko
  • Directors: Fedor Bondarchuk
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Russian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Bulldog Films
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Feb. 2015
  • Run Time: 118 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00Q6PFAUS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,547 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Russian sci-fi action film. In 2157, Maxim (Vasiliy Stepanov), a pilot on a misson in deep space, crash-lands on an unknown planet after colliding with an asteroid and losing his ship. Maxim finds the planet Saraksh to be similar to Earth some 100 years previous - being torn apart by social problems and devastating wars. He is appalled by the totalitarian dictatorship that governs the Fatherland and resolves to help the repressed population form a rebellion to overthrow the powerful regime, aided by native Rada (Yuliya Snigir) and her brother Guy (Pyotr Fyodorov). But Maxim's revolution proves more difficult when he discovers those in charge, known as the Unknown Fathers, have the technology to control their citizens' minds...

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By Rowena Hoseason HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 6 Sept. 2015
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This tangled Russian dystopia is going to baffle most viewers with its bizarre mix of steampunk futuristic comic-book style, naïve plotting, pseudo-Matrix fight scenes, superficial characterisation and multiple layers of morality where it appears that the uprising of the oppressed is actually counter to their own best interests which lie in being subjugated (by mind rays, no less) by the evil state apparatchiks who are constantly at war with their mutant neighbours*.
If that sentence didn't finish you off, then you might actually enjoy it.
We did, but then we like weird foreign-language subtitled films which don't make a whole lot of sense. Especially when they show three minutes of a spaceship with tentacles.
1/10 or 8/10, depending on your perspective

*who possibly represent Ukraine, but we might have misinterpreted that bit
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By Euromancer TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 28 Aug. 2015
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This is a review of the Bulldog edition DVD of 'Dark Planet' (barcode number 5060105722417). I'm including this detail as (1) we all know about the irritating habit Amazon have of conflating reviews of different editions of a work together, and (2) because there are non-UK region blurays and possibly even 2 -part versions of this film out there. On the second point, I'm not certain, but as there is at least one entitled 'Dark Planet: Inhabited Island' and hints of another entitled 'Dark Planet: Revolution', this implies a version that expands over 2 discs. Who knows?

Onward. 'Dark Planet' is based on the Russian SF novel "Prisoners of Power" by Arkady & Boris Strugatsky, brothers who were almost certainly the bestselling and best-known SF writers from that country in the last 50 years. Many of the novels they wrote have been filmed (in Russia), most notably "Roadside Picnic" (filmed as 'Stalker' by Tarkovsky, who also filmed the original version of Lem's "Solaris") and "Hard to be a God" (filmed twice, once around 1987 and again in 2013 - the newer version is due out on disc in the UK in September 2015.There are also films of "The Ugly Swans", "Monday Begins on Saturday" and others, with different titles and varying degrees of fealty to their source texts.

'Stalker' and the new version of 'Hard to be a God' are arthouse, lengthy films that the critics adore but that most lightweight SF fans who think that 'Dr Who', 'Star Trek' and 'Star Wars' make good SF ignore, don't know about, have never seen, or wouldn't like.
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It does go on a bit in places, judders from soap opera to epic to morality tale, but somehow it all hangs together. It is worth watching, but if you want standard Hollywood fare, you won't get it here.
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Surprisingly good - I can't say that I loved it because I wasn't sure what was going on half the time, but it's certainly very watchable indeed.

But I loved the cartoon storyboard and the spaceship scenes at the start of the fillm as these were excellent, just a shame that the rest of the film didn't quite live up to my expectations. But that's not to say that the film was a disappointment as it certainly wasn't - it's a great attempt, and it's really encouraging to see Russian film-makers competing with the more established studios in the West, and with dialogue in the Russian language too. I like learning about different cultures, which is one of the reasons that I watch foreign language films, and it's great to see things from a different viewpoint. The lead actor, Vasiliy Stepanov, was excellent and the supporting cast were very good too. I thought it was a strange hybrid of several science fiction movies, but there was quite a bit of originality on display too so it didn't become predictable and boring at all.

Overall, it's well worth watching and good for brushing up your Russian language skills too, although the subtitles aren't great. If you want to find it on IMDB then look for "Obitaemyy ostrov" rather than "Dark Planet" (if you search for the latter then you'll probably start looking at the somewhat less entertaining 1997 film of that name...)
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I wasn't sure what to expect of Dark Planet, being a Russian science fiction epic. Clocking in at just under two hours this isn't a 'battles in space' film but rather a steampunk version of a 'hero liberates a downtrodden, mind-controlled population' story. Very ambitious, the production values are just high enough to pull it off with some fair to middling CGI and lots of enthusiastic acting. It all move along at a brisk pace and ties up quite neatly in the end. It was obviously subtitled by a Russian as the phrasing is not always done in the manner that would be done by a person who uses English as a first language. And you sometimes need to be quick as they flash constant streams of dialogue very quickly. I actually found the subtitles often took my attention away from what was happening on screen as I was so busy reading the lines. A very 'different' film - not great cinema by any means but very interesting and very different to your typical American production.
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