NV19: Why Don't You Just Die!

1 h 35 min  |  Action, Thriller, Night Visions  |  Release Date: 20.11.2019

Rating: 16

"Kirill Sokolov's debut feature is a roaring rampage of revenge with a biting comic tone. --- It is smarter and wittier than its pulpy setup initially seems to suggest, keeping viewers on their toes with ironic asides, shock reversals and tricky non-linear plot swerves. There are echoes of early Quentin Tarantino, Danny Boyle, Sion Sono and even Sam Peckinpah mixed in among the cheerfully nihilistic chaos. Sokolov also invokes Sergio Leone's spaghetti Westerns in his tightly shot gunfight scenes, reinforced by an eclectic score from Vadim QP and Sergey Solovyov, which repeatedly detours into mock-heroic Ennio Morricone pastiche. ---

Why Don't You Just Die! can and will be read as a caustic commentary on Putin’s rotten Russia, but it is more unapologetic gross-out thrill ride than profound sermon on the human condition. Leaving nothing to the imagination, the film's original title translates as Daddy, Die!, which is subtle as a shotgun blast to the face. But on this evidence, Sokolov is a more arch and artful filmmaker than he may first appear."

- Stephen Dalton / The Hollywood Reporter

Directed by: Kirill Sokolov; Cast: Aleksandr Kuznetsov, Vitaliy Khaev, Evgeniya Kregzhde, Michael Gor, Elena Shevchenko

Russia 2018

Language: Russian, subtitles in English

    

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