Rent Sputnik (2020)

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1h 54min
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At the height of the Cold War, a Soviet spacecraft crash lands after a mission gone awry, leaving the commanding astronaut as its only survivor. After a renowned Russian psychologist is brought in to evaluate the astronaut's mental state, it becomes clear that something dangerous may have come back to Earth with him.
, , , , , Anna Nazarova, Aleksandr Marushev, Albrecht Zander, , Vasiliy Zotov
Egor Abramenko
Aleksandr Andryushchenko, Alexander Andryushenko, Fedor Bondarchuk, Pavel Burya, Vyacheslav Murugov, Murad Osmann, Ilya Stewart, Mikhail Vrubel
Oleg Malovichko, Andrey Zolotarev
Horror, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
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Run Time:
114 minutes
Russian Dolby Digital 5.1, Russian Dolby Digital Stereo
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.39:1

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Loved it - Sputnik review by KC

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What is it about Russian sci fi? My first introduction donkeys years ago was Solaris, which was a bit slow but oh so atmospheric, and for me ticked all the boxes, having earlier fallen totally for Stanislaw Lem's masterpiece as a teenager.

This is not exactly in same same style as Tarkovsky, but what a great story, with and with some original twists on the Alien we all know so well - well told, great character development and very well done effects.

If you don't like subtitles, well all I can say is you're missing out. I highly recommend this and would add it to my collection.

2 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

FORWARD TO THE PAST - Sputnik review by Frank TALKER™

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Unusual film-genre hybrid which looks like it might be an ordinary horror-movie, given the general cinematographic and psychological doom-&-gloom of the entire proceedings, but which is actually a suspenseful science-fiction conspiracy thriller.

The conspiracy here is that old movie-chestnut about any government automatically-desiring to weaponise a recently-discovered alien creature, à la mode de The Andromeda Strain (1971) or Alien (1979).

The well-titled "Sputnik" (Russian for 'travelling companion') is shot-through with references to the main characters' past and is even set in the Soviet Russia of 1983. In this way, the Soviet Union becomes a metaphor for a past which must be laid-to-rest in order to ensure any kind of viable future, but which is often stubbornly not allowed to die in its very-real affect upon the film's present.

From a Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder-stricken cosmonaut abandoning his son in an orphanage to join the Space Race; a brilliantly-intuitive psychiatrist raised in an orphanage, herself; &, an extra-terrestrial symbiote unknowingly-brought back to Earth, the physical and emotional connectedness of these characters is shown in a low-key manner; eschewing jump-scares and focusing on their inter-relationships, value to each other, their personal weaknesses & their intellectual strengths.

The psychiatrist here actually develops a somewhat-maternal relationship with her cosmonaut patient and even with the creature, itself; despite it literally needing the bodies of other animals to survive, thrive & grow - and in spite of the cortisol produced in human brains (resulting from a quite natural fear of the sputnik's behaviour) being its sole form of gory nourishment.

The birth (& rebirth) scenes are superior to the one in an obvious movie-progenitor like Alien (1979), since the idea isn't just immediately thrown away and is actually central to the underlying theme of healthy parenting.

The male host survives each rebirth and we are left with a salvageable-yet-substitute family-unit; albeit one presented as a recurring nightmare since the creature only appears while its paralysed host sleeps. And yet this particular family is as ultimately- and as potentially-destructive of all families as is the child-murdering convict briefly seen at the secret military-facility early-on in the film; hinting at what usually goes wrong in dysfunctional families.

The structural problem with this movie is that the flash-backs to the psychiatrist's orphaned childhood are unclear. She had difficulty walking, was inevitably obsessed with running shoes & yet somehow now walks fine. Her cure is implied to be the result of a spinal operation; while her being in the orphanage in the first place is never explained.

These flash-backs conflate the son of the cosmonaut she is treating with herself as a child, since the former has been abandoned in an orphanage by his guilt-ridden father. This subjective dramaturgical-confusion somewhat spoils an otherwise subtle and clever drama by partly-disturbing its suspense and pacing.

As always, Oksana AKINSHINA is a standout performer, surrounded by men whom are either quite cowardly or extremely cynical, à la Sigourney WEAVER's situation in Aliens (1986). She heads a talented cast whom make the most of admittedly-underwritten roles, yet all of whom help to create the moodiness of the oddly-dank, curiously-underlit & dungeon-like atmosphere of a secluded scientific/military-facility deep in the middle of nowhere.

AKINSHINA's feminine charisma helps propel the narrative in the way that a male character could not, since she is not prone to much leaping-into-action, but to intellectual introspection and emotional nurturing, instead - especially in being the only character to attempt to form an emotional bond with the alien.

A somewhat bleak yet satisfying ending makes this movie about good, responsible parenting a winner.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

Unusually thoughtful and effective creature feature - Sputnik review by Alphaville

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A cosmonaut returns to earth with an alien lifeform inside him. In an isolated installation in Kazakhstan our heroine doctor struggles to save him, herself and everyone else. Director Egor Abramenko keeps the direction tight and focussed, relying more on tension than Hollywood-style cgi set pieces. The creature itself is very effective, prompting some gruesome sequences more befitting a horror film. And the icing on the cake is a beautiful twist dénouement (no spoilers) that’s impossible to see coming.

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