I have a superhero movie fatique. I really do. When I needed superhero comic movies they were nowhere to be found, but since Hollywood found out that it makes lots of money they sure did their best to ram it down our throats. Now, if they were at least all enjoyable I could live with that, but most of them were utter crap. Not because they didn’t follow the original storylines, because they Disnefied it. Fox gets crapped on a lot, but at least their movies weren’t Disneyfied. Now, if Fox would get their shit together I would love it.
However, when I read Russia made a superhero movie, my curiosity was piqued. I was convinced it would not be Disneyfied and I was convinced the vibe would be totally different. I am glad my feelings were confirmed.
The Guardians was made for 5 million dollars and had some kickass special effects. The movie had very interesting characters and definitely some violent scenes. Take Khan for example. That was one badass motherfucker slicing and dicing through opponents.
Other characters included Ursus, who definitely reminds me of Marvel’s Ursa Major. Or Ksenya, who is an invisible woman for example.
Then there is Ler. He doesn’t need a fucking hammer or an iron fist to make the ground shake.
The story in a nutshell is that the heroes were all created in an experiment and years later had to go in hiding. When of those heroes gains extra powers, he wants to rule the world and turns against the rest. The rest have to come out of hiding to stop him and save the world. Ok, it is not a big storyline, in fact it is a simple comic storyline. The interesting thing about this movie,though, is that it is visually interesting and that the characters are very likeable. I would recommend this movie to anyone who wants to see something different. A different vibe and heroes, that are not Marvel or DC. I hope there are more sequels to come.
I was surprised how much special effects they could squeeze out of 5 million dollars. Imagine what they could do with a 100 million budget. Movies like this give me evidence that it is still possible to make interesting movies and that Russian cinema should not be underestimated.