Guardians – ★ ★ ★ DVD Review
At the height of the Cold War the Soviet Union developed a top secret program to give them an edge in what they thought would be the future of war; they were tasked with creating superhumans in Project Patriot. A scientist involved in the project goes rogue and creates a clone army and tries to take over the world, so it’s up to these superhuman operatives to come together and stop him; they are the Guardians.
The bonus features on the DVD told a lot about this movie. First, comic books (and comic book superheroes) aren’t big in Russia, so this movie was not trying to compete with the Marvels or the DCs of the world, and they weren’t trying to compete with a $300 million movie, they were just trying to make the best movie they could with the budget they had. As a superhero movie, it was definitely a B, maybe even a C, but justified by those previous statements, they get an A for effort. The special effects were quite good, there was a lot of CGI in the film for obvious reasons. The characters were not fleshed out very well, but the powers they gave them and way they used them were quite interesting. You had Arsus (Anton Pampushnyy), the were-bear with a mini-gun; Khan (Sanjar Madi) with razor sharp sickles, and he was either really fast or could teleport, it was a bit confusing at times… Kseniya (Alina Lanina) has no memory of how she got her powers of invisibility; and Ler (Sebastien Sisak Grigoryan) who seems to be the elder statesman and leader of the team can control rocks. The whole project is overseen by Mayor Elena Larina (Valeriya Shkirando). Quite a few of the command staff of Project Patriot seemed to be sexy Russian women….not necessarily a bad thing.
Arsus looked really cool, and would evolve into different degrees of were-bear-ness…. The mini-gun was a fun touch. I really liked how they used Ler’s powers over rocks (I suppose that would be geokinesis). At first he just threw them at people and levitated them, but then he started to attract them to his body, making rock armour, giant rock fists like the Thing from the Fantastic Four. Loved it, that was super original! Things like that made up for a few of the flubs they made on the script. At one point the team is walking across a bridge structure and are being shot at by snipers, why not have your girl turn the team invisible before walking out in the open like that? They already explained that was in Kseniya’s power-set… I think this is where the lack of exposure to these types of stories hurt their film.
I could see this becoming a minor cult classic because it’s quirky, fun, decently made, and they tried. I can’t stand it when someone tries to force their film into cult-classic status by purposely making a bad movie. A great number of cult classics may be bad, but they truly intended to make a good movie. Guardians was a good movie and a fun watch; not the best, but it wasn’t trying to match up to the best.
Bottom Line: It may not have been a big time super hero movie, but it did adopt the tradition of an after the credits scene. I’d certainly watch a sequel if they made one.
Posted on 17-09-11, in 3 Star, Comic Book Movies, Movie Reviews and tagged after the credits, Alina Lanina, Andrey Gavrilov, Anton Pampushnyy, Sanjar Madi, Sarik Andreasyan, Sebastien Sisak Grigoryan, The Guardians, Valeriya Shkirando. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.