With all the brouhaha going on in the USA – the home of the superhero – concerning alleged Russian interference in the recent Presidential elections, it is interesting to consider Guardians, a superhero movie made in Russia.

The plot is simple :

During the Cold War, a secret organization “Patriot” gathered a team of Soviet superheroes, altering and augmenting the DNA of four individuals, in order to defend the homeland from supernatural threats.
The team includes representatives of the different nationalities of the Soviet Union, while each one of them have long been hiding their true identity. In hard times, they gathered again to defend their homeland.

From that basic premise, an action-packed movie is produced – light on story it might be, but there are enough epic super-powered fight sequences to keep the casual movie goer fairly satisfied.

At times, Guardians is unintentionally campy and one wonders whether it would have been more artistically successful if the producers went full satire mode with this one! Maybe that’s too much to expect, even if the villain did look a little like Putin on steroids!

In the final analysis, this is not any worse that some of the inane blockbuster excesses of the Transformers franchise or the recent Independence Day sequel/soft reboot. Not the most glowing of assessments but hey, that’s show business!

Guardians is now showing at Cathay, Eng Wah & Filmgarde cinemas.

… still there’s more … 

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