A young pilot is fired from military air force after disobeying an absurd order. He gets a job as a co-pilot with a civil airline. During a flight to Asia his crew receives a distress message from a volcanic island and makes a decision to attempt a rescue mission. The movie revolved around bravery and self-sacrifice and the true power of nature. The Crew is the first Russian film to be released in India and inspired by the 1979 Soviet film ‘Air Crew’. This is Directed by Nikolai Lebedev.
CASTS: Danila Kozlovsky, Vladimir Mashkov, Agne Grudtye
GENRE: Action, Adventure, Violence, Catastrophic
WHAT I LIKE?
The Crew is actually a decent B-movie among the roaster of disaster films produced locally and lucky enough to have an International release. First of all, the movie spent a lot in the airport scenes so the set-up was actually impressive as a whole. This also includes the simulation area which somehow added to the film’s realistic approach and respect to its main formula. Aside from that, the movie’s visual effects were great. Loved the explosion scenes on-ground and even the thrilling moments at sky. It is one of those rare disaster movies on a plane that has somehow pulled off great sky scenes. Some parts were thrilling and at some point gives nail-bite suspense. Action sequences were executed well. If you are in for some adrenaline-pumping underrated disaster movie, you might find The Crew worth-watching at some point.
WHAT I DON’T LIKE?
Oh well! This Russian film is English-dubbed and I think that is for me the film’s major downfall. A find the dubbing to be a little bit awkward and not fit as a whole. For me, it decreased the intensity of the characters and their emotions specially during thrilling scenes. How I wish they have it on subtitles instead. Also, the plot was a little bit incoherent and consistent. I find the first 40 minutes to be useless and disconnected. The director failed to establish strong foundation enough to make it a disaster film considering its thematic design. Also, there were a lot of inconsistencies especially on the scene of the airport during the volcanic eruption. I find the scenes to be lame. In as much as I would love to enjoy the thrills on major scenes but it was just too unrealistic for me. Also, the supporting characters especially those people who were saved by the rescue mission lack intensity and impact a disaster film should bring you. I did not feel them being shocked with the tragedy. The very good aspect of visual effects and production design seems to be somehow pulled down by the film’s major loopholes.
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