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- Apr 4, 2017
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For those of you paying attention, yes you have seen this cover photo before. Shout Factory actually released the film on DVD (which I reviewed HERE ) almost 3 months ago to the day. Naturally the writeup for the film will be identical (and just as hilarious) with the technical specs getting a nice boost to HD and an included digital copy from the boutique label as well.
Ahhh yes, Russian film making. If you’ve never watched a Russian action, sci-fi or superhero movie you’re in for a real treat. There’s nothing quite like them in the world, and while The Guardians looks like it’s one of those Asylum knockoff films of Guardians of the Galaxy, it’s actually a bizarre superhero movie that rips off countless Marvel movies in it’s insane rush to their own version of a blockbuster. If you haven’t seen their sci-fi films, be warned that they use plenty of cheap CGI, and weak acting, but it looks leagues better than most of the DTV sci-fi films from the U.S. due to them putting a lot of effort into them (despite the lack of a worldwide theatrical run). The Guardians is one of those movies that feels like an amalgamation of Guardian’s of the Galaxy, Captain America, The Avengers and a weird take on The X-MEN while mixing in a healthy dose of Russian stoicism to make one of the most awful, hilarious, and incredibly entertaining sci-flicks I’ve seen in a while.
Well, there’s really not THAT much of a plot here. At least a plot that we haven’t seen before. The film starts out with a historical flashback that sets the background for what’s about to happen. A Russian super soldier program was created back in the 1970s under the direction of Dr. Avgust Kuratov (Aleksandr Komissarov), but things went horribly awry. Dr. Kuratov was working on a device that would allow someone to control all things electronic with his mind when a terrible explosion injures him during an experiment. The explosion altered the twisted Dr.’s DNA, making him incredibly strong, and a bit of a sociopath. Escaping into the night the super secret project (titled PATRIOT) is shut done, but years later the mad Dr. comes back into the limelight. Stealing military equipment in the present day, and in possession of his completed electronic controlling device, Kuratov plans to take over the world. A goal that the Russian government can not allow to happen.
Putting Major Elena Larina (Valeriya Razbegaev) in charge of PATRIOT, the government clues her in to the fact that Kuratov is not the only super powered being. He had created a host of other mutants who have vanished off the face of the earth and it’s up to the Major to find them and form them into a fighting force that will be able to take down the mad scientist. Bringing together the 4 that she can find (A werebear named Arsus, Lernik the telekinetic rock man, an invisible woman by the name of Kseniya , and a Khan, a super fast ninja with speed near teleportation levels). Together they have to find a way to control their powers and take revenge on the Dr. that created their curse so many decades ago.
Not Rated by the MPAA
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• New Interviews with Cast and Crew
The movie is NOT good, but The Guardians is so ridiculous and hilariously serious that you just can’t help but giggle along. The special effects are pretty solid for a DTV film from a nation that is NOT known for making high quality films, and the acting stiff and wooden. Remember, in Russia, Superheroes Movie YOU! Ok, you get the idea by no. This is a completely crazy flick that really isn’t going to win over many people, except those willing to just have fun with the insanity. I have no idea how Shout Factory got ahold of this one, but I’m actually rather glad they did (supposedly the Blu-ray is being released in December), as it was a great change of pace from the indie flicks and standard fare blockbusters that have been saturating my review cycle the last month or so. While I can’t recommend it on a technical level, The Guardians is a fun watch that really must be seen to be believed. Audio is ok and Video very solid, and there’s even some fun little interviews with the cast that are worth checking out if you can get your hands on the disc.
Starring: Anton Pampushnyy, Sanjar Madi, Sebastien Sisak
Directed by Sarik Andreasyan
Written by: Sarik Andreasyan, Andrey Gavrilov
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 AVC
Audio: English: DTS-HD MA 5.1, Russian DTS-HD MA 2.0
Studio: Shout Factory
Runtime: 89 Minutes
Blu-ray Release Date: December 5th, 2017
Recommendation: Hilariously bad/awesome Watch