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2008/ 2009 | 15 | DVD
Originally titled Obitaemyy Ostrov ( Inhabited Island), Dark Planet is the most expensive movie ever made in Russia. Released in its homeland in two parts, it sees an insipid superhuman pretty boy crashlanding on a dystopian planet and inciting a revolution. The original films had a combined running time of 215 minutes. This version’s nearly an hour shorter, and feels exactly like edited highlights.
It lurches in style and tone all over the place. One scene looks like Metropolis, the next Starship Troopers, the next Brazil. It’s all not- held- together by a pitiful lead performance from a Hayden Christensen lookalike with the constant expression of a baby who’s just spotted an incoming breast. Certain scenes have visual splendour, but the cumulative effect is like psychological warfare.
Extras: None. Dave Golder