Tycoon: A New Russian - The reason behind watching this movie was actually to get acquainted with the lifestyle of my future yet-to-find husband.
Anyways, after watching The Island (no, not the shitty one with ScarJo and Ewan McGregor), I immediately wanted to get on Lungin’s other movies, but never actually got around to do it. Finally, I got Олигарх and though this would be a perfect place to start. As you can probably tell from the title, it depicts the rise and downfall of the wealthy class of businessmen created after the collapse of the USSR.
Even though it showed the essential timeline of their success in a true manner, starting from the Gorbachev era, it wasn’t particularly exciting or original. A classic mob story with a Russian flavor added to it. Another thing I didn’t like is how they portrayed the group of criminals as a bunch of likable, fun-loving dudes who were just looking for a way to make a buck. Also, the plot definitely dragged out in the second half of the movie, and the ending was kinda weak.
The casting was alright, led by the awesome Vladimir Mashkov (Niko Belic, HOLLA). I wish we’d seen more of that ‘I-don’t-give-a-flying-fuck-about-anything’ detective throughout the movie, though. Oh well, can’t have it all - for a modern Russian movie, I guess this one was pretty mediocre.
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