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Target (2011)

Mishen (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Sci-Fi | 30 June 2011 (Russia)
In 2020, a group of wealthy Muscovites traveling to a complex of abandoned astrophysics, where rumors say they have enough power to stop the aging process.
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Cast

Credited cast:
Maksim Sukhanov ... Victor
Justine Waddell ... Zoe
Vitaliy Kishchenko ... Nikolay
Danila Kozlovsky ... Mitya (as Danila Kozlovskiy)
Daniela Stoyanovich Daniela Stoyanovich ... Anna
Nina Loshchinina Nina Loshchinina ... Taya
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alexandra Bogdanova Alexandra Bogdanova ... Olya
Anton Khabarov ... Andrey
Evgeniy Knyazev ... Culinary politician
Natalya Kolyakanova
Vitaliy Mikhaltsov ... Al Faed
Svetlana Novikova Svetlana Novikova
Alyona Pol'kina Alyona Pol'kina ... Inga
Oleg Yagodin Oleg Yagodin ... Tai's fiance
Igor Zolotovitskiy ... Cooking show producer
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In 2020, a group of wealthy Muscovites traveling to a complex of abandoned astrophysics, where rumors say they have enough power to stop the aging process.

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In the year 2020, a group of wealthy Moscovites travel to an abandoned astrophysics complex, rumoured to have enough power to halt the process of ageing

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Drama | Sci-Fi

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Not Rated
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Official Sites:

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Country:

Russia

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

30 June 2011 (Russia) See more »

Also Known As:

Cel See more »

Filming Locations:

Altay, Russia See more »

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$73,153
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Ren Film See more »
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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For her role in this film, Justine Waddell learned the Russian language from scratch. See more »

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A party in your mind

There's a scene in the original version of Rollerball (1975), where a group of wealthy revellers take some sort of ray gun to a stand of tall trees, burning, they light up the dusk. The atmosphere of this scene, a sort of unchecked wilfulness, a blithe feeling of supremacy and elitism, infuses much of Alexander Zeldovich's new film Target. The word ambitious has been floated around a lot to describe it, a critical euphemism for a film that overreaches, and yet I think it's a long, complex and excellent film that repays analysis and is definitely one to view several times.

The most obvious commentary in this movie, set in Russia of the future is about wealth distribution and squandering of assets. In 2006 a survey reported that the richest three people on the planet have more wealth than the poorest 48 countries. This was a phenomenon that maybe hadn't permeated its way back into Russia until perestroika, and the advent of the robber barons *ahem* I mean oligarchs. The peers of this realm revel in their situation, Roman in their outlook, gratified by the disparity. This is set out in a couple of particularly elegant scenarios (nets and earrings if you've seen the film).

Four of the privileged head off to a remote location where a gigantic quantum sieve, a relic of the space age, collects some sort of zero point energy that's meant to halt the ageing process. This is does, but it also seems to accentuate the trajectories of each character's fate. My thought at the end was that it's really a movie about love, but you have to work to get to that. I suppose it depends on whether you think Solyaris is a movie about love or about a strange shiny planet. I don't think the comparison is a bad one either. It's very boring to read almost every film on the festival circuit being labelled Tarkovsky-ian, but I very much felt that Target is cut from the same cloth as Solyaris.

There's a lot going on in the movie, action, science fiction, political commentary, romance, quotes from Lermontov. It's a colourful movie mostly filled with upbeat music, and three hours of it still felt short to me.


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