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T500FC, 494th: Kray [The Edge] (Alexei Uchitel, 2010)

February.17.2011

There were notable World War II related films in the past decade. There’s the 2004 post-German, post-Hitler film, Downfall by Oliver Hirschbiegel.  2002 gave us with something really depressing, an Adrien Brody starrer The Pianist directed by Roman Polanski. And then there is the 2001 cat and mouse film, a Jean-Jacques Annaud film Enemy at the Gates. Then, 2010 came; Russia came out with an interesting film from their country set in their own homeland, The Kray, directed by Alexei Uchitel.

Over the years, I have become fascinated with the subject of war especially with what the directors are projecting it. Leaving the boring part a pursuing its higher art though sometimes overacting but the point is still there so it doesn’t matter anyway. Kray wasn’t what I expected, I hoped for a more visual and more bravado-ish type of film. It wasn’t the case; it pursued itself dramatically but without severing the emotions. So basically, it looked just like a story but it had sense.

It starts off with a Soviet hero who fought in the Second World War. It gives us the story of what had happened after, part of it was the healing of its inhabitants, though you wouldn’t really notice it since war made the people stronger. Aside from its people, one of its main highlights included a train race and yes, more trains in the subsequent scenes. And its real main highlight is how a half-German’s life is in the land of the Russians.

In what seemed to be a contender in the 83rd Academy Awards, vying for the best foreign film, it failed the cut; though it could’ve followed the footsteps of the past winners that portrayed war. It was quite understandable as the film didn’t really prove to be the best among the rest but instead it looked simple that encompasses the complex quality of humans that thrived during the sad hours of our history.

Quick suspense was also provided especially in the train scene that is apt in the film. Who would’ve thought of such movie can provide something that looked modern, blaming it on the 2010 Tony Scott film Unstoppable. One reviewer of this film in IMDB also mentioned Buster Keaton’s The General and I agree with her.

The film may not be fantastic, as the opening credits might not suggest it though, but it proved a lot of ideas, showing the basic human conflict may not just end in a peace pact, mob rule may it represent leaving the audiences asking for more.

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