Guardians is Russia’s attempt to create a superhero movie, but will it be any good?

Published by Jeremy Ryans on September 8, 2016 12:04 pm
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Guardians is Russia’s attempt to recreate success of Hollywood superhero films, but will it be any good and what do we know so far?

It’s been a little over two weeks since the first trailer for Guardians, Russia’s attempt to create a superhero movie, was made available. Some people loved it, others weren’t quite sure. But, what do we really know about it so far?

The first thing to note is that Zashchitniki – which is its original Russian name and translates into ‘Guardians’ in English – is being produced by Enjoy Movies, Argunov Studio and Renovatio on a budget of 330 million RUB, of which equates to roughly $5 million.

That’s a fraction of the amount it cost Marvel to produce 2012’s The Avengers, which totalled more than $220 million. Yet, the results – as seen from the trailer – are looking mighty good, to say the least – with CGI and visual effects to compete with the very best among Hollywood.

Written by Andrey Gavrilov and directed by Sarik Andreasyan, Guardians will feature cinematography by Maksim Osadchiy, with a cast that includes Sebastien Sisak, Sanzhar Madiyev, Anton Pampushnyy, Alina Lanina, Valeria Shkirando, Stanislav Shirin, and Vyacheslav Razbegaev. Don’t recognize the names? We’re not surprised. But – that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Who knew Daniel Radcliffe before he was cast as Harry Potter?

The plot for Guardians follows the typical superhero movie formula, in which an organization – known as ‘Patriot’ – creates a squad of elite warriors to defend humanity in times of crisis. It’s set at the height of the Cold War in Soviet Union-era Russia. Standard stuff – and yet – there’s a half man, half bear wielding a freaking chain gun. How much more bonkers and over-the-top can you get than that?

Though it’s not set to hit cinemas until next year, filming was wrapped up in July of 2015. It’s quite interesting that despite the movie has yet to even hit Russian cinemas – and with the production company having not seen its success as of yet – that a sequel is already planned, with Turbo Films, who’ve lined up to distribute the film in China, even having signed on to co-produce.

As of the moment, there’s currently no release date for the United Kingdom or the United States, but Guardians will arrive in Russia on February 23, 2017. Is this one film that you’ll be keeping a close eye on? Let us know in the comments below. Can it possibly come close to Marvel’s level of quality in the superhero realm?

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