Guardians (2017) Movie Review By Steven Wilkins

GUARDIANS

Director: Sarik Andreasyan
Writers: Andrey Gavrilov (screenplay), Sarik Andreasyan (story)
Stars: Anton Pampushnyy, Sanjar Madi, Sebastien Sisak

From Russia comes a superhero story from director Sarik Andreasyan starring Alina Lalina, Anton Pampushnyy, Sanjar Madi, Sébastien Sisek, Valeriya Shkirando and Stanislav Shirin.

This movie overall is fun, cringy, very formulaic and cheesy.  The action kicks off pretty much from the start and let’s up only to toss is some character backstory. The action itself is good, not great.  The CGI is actually pretty good as well, aside from one glaring use which comes in the form of one of our heroes.

With that said, our heroes are 4 modified humans given abilities during the Cold War.  Kseniya (Alina Lalina) is gifted within visibility, Ler (Sébastien Sisek) has control over rocks (an Earthbender if you will), Khan (Sanjar Madi) is the most visual treat, given super speed and then there’s Arsus (Anton Pampushnyy) who can turn into a bear which is where the glaring CGI use and absurd continuity issues come into play.  

Each transformation has his tearing through his clothes but upon reverting to human form, said articles of clothing are present again.  Laughable at most but easily forgettable.

Our villain, August Kuratov (Stanislav Shirin), is a steroid jacked being capable of “talking” to tech hell bent on world domination. Again, formulaic, but it all works.

This isn’t a must view, nor does it really have any replay value but it’s a solid view and has a good bit of potential.

There is a bonus scene after the credits…which made not a bit of sense (or it did within the film and I just missed it) but it’s there and I assume pertains to a potential sequel.  Either way, enjoy

Rated: B

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