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Summary: A cosmonaut returns to Earth with an alien creature attached to him that leaves the experts baffled.

Year: 2020

Cinema Release Dates: N/A

VOD Release Dates: 3rd November 2020 (Australia)

Country: Russia

Director: Egor Abramenko

Screenwriter: Oleg Malovichko, Andrey Zolotarev

Cast: Oksana Akinshina (Tatyana Klimova), Fedor Bondarchuk (Colonel Semiradov), Aleksy Demidov (Kirill Averchenko), Pyotr Fyodorov (Konstantin Veshnyakov),Alexander Marushev (Convict Ruben), Anton Vasilev (Yan Rigel), Albrecht Zander (Convict Seryj)

Running Time: 113 mins

Classification: MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK)

OUR SPUTNIK REVIEWS

David Griffiths Sputnik Review:

There is a hidden gem inside the cinematic world that most film lovers have no idea even exists. It is the world of Russian cinema – or to be more accurate the world of Russian blockbuster films. I have had the privilege of exploring this world full of amazing films due to the Russian Film Festival that is held annually in Melbourne… and to be honest it is something that I look forward to ever year. Thanks to that festival I have had the joy of discovering Russian blockbusters like Metro and August. Eighth – blockbusters that I have to say could teach Hollywood a thing a two about how to make well-written, brilliant looking epics.

Now comes Sputnik – a Russian sci-fi horror with real bite. A film that I enjoyed from start to finish o much so that I am already looking forward to a second viewing. Directed by Egor Abramenko (The Passenger) Sputnik takes us back to the 80s with the space race still in full swing. Cosmonaut Konstantin Veshnyakov (Pyotr Fyodorov – The Blackout) is a national hero, but all that changes when he is the only survivor after an accident in space and he disappears from the public eye.

Now Konstantin finds himself being kept prisoner while a team led by Colonel Semiradov (Fedor Bondarchuk – Stalingrad) investigate the ‘alien being’ that has latched itself to him. With the team lost for answers they call unconventional psychiatrist Dr. Tatyana Klimova (Oksana Akinshina – The Bourne Supremacy) to work on Konstantin and see if she can ascertain exactly what has happened.

To me Sputnik is not only set in the 1980s it also takes me back to a time when directors like Ridley Scott were giving us decent sci-fi horrors rather than the films that are served up today that are light on horror and light on comprehensible or entertaining storylines. Plot-wise Sputnik is as basic as it comes, despite added storylines in there revolving around Konstantin abandoning his son etc, yet somehow it is still better than films like Prometheus that were so complicated it felt like they were trying to change human history. There is nothing convoluted about Sputnik and the result is an enjoyable sci-fi that also doesn’t hold back on the horror element. It has you on the edge of your seat and has a plot that you can really sink into it – at the end of the day you really can’t ask for much more from a genre film.

My biggest hope after watching Sputnik is that someone gives Abramenko a ticket to Hollywood and his pick of what film he would like to direct. His style of directing here shows that he has all the skills that made directors like James Cameron and Steven Spielberg so exciting when they were young and creating edgy sci-fi that didn’t hold back on gore and originality. Abramenko is an untapped talent in mainstream cinema and it is about time we got to see what he could do with an international cast and a budget with a few extra zeroes on the end of it.

What I also enjoyed about the film was the fact that the screenplay allows for some interesting interactions between the characters without everything being an intense horror scene. Some of the moments where Tatyana is interviewing and treating Konstantin are just as intense as the ones where the creature is on the loose. This type of filmmaking should really be a staple in every film but sadly it is becoming a lost art so it is nice to see it resurface in films like this. Dark, foreboding and intense Sputnik is a welcome throwback to the films of the 80s and 90s that made me fall in love with genre films in the first place. This is a brilliant piece of cinema that hopefully a wide audience can discover.

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Trailer:

When a band is made up of members of other bands such as Dimmu Borgir, Morgoth, Nile, Napalm Death and Susperia you now the term super-group is something that probably should be used. That is certainly the case when it comes to Insidious Disease who have been toiling away over the past few years on their new album After Death. Silenoz found time away from the band and his heavy Dimmu Borgir schedule to talk to us about the new album.

“Yeah it was 2011 about a year after the release of Shadowcast when we started dabbling with some new ideas,” explains Silenoz as we begin to talk about the creation of After Death. “Obviously we haven’t spent seven or eight years working on the album – it has been on and off but a lot of the ideas on this album are from 2011 and 2012. As far as the song-writing process goes I think this has been a good thing for this album because when you spread your song-writing process over so many years it is bound to end up having good variety. That is definitely the strength I see of this album.”

He laughs slightly as we talk about having the process last for so many years. “There is a downside to it as well,” he adds. “The downside of it is that you can keep going back and wanting to change things. We all had to agree very early on that when we decided a song was finished that we would leave it be… we didn’t want to go down that rabbit-hole of wanting to change things all the time because that way you could really fuck things up royally. But yeah it feels good now being able to go back and listen to the album now that it has been away ourselves for awhile. The strength, at least from my perspective, is the variety.”

After Death will be released through Nuclear Blast Records on the 30th October 2020.

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Not only do you get all your latest pop culture news but the boys look at how The Lone Gunmen could be brought back and then they cast their own new Resident Evil and Cut movies. 

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