For more than 10 years, Russian police forces have tried to stop the country’s smartest and most wanted serial killer. But even when he gets caught, nobody can prove his guilt. As the manhunt intensifies, the investigation grows increasingly personal between the detective and the suspect.
No pun intended - I have no idea how close this is to the reality, the real man this surely was based on. I also never saw the "Vdud" movie this apparently is referenced in. So I watched this without any previous knowledge and can tell you: the movie works for itself. The suspense that is being built is more than enough.
Also the acting is good - that said, I understand if some people have issues watching movies from Russia at the moment. I would say do not let the artists suffer for what goverments are doing. But it is up to you and what makes most sense to you. Just do not put your opinion and likings on others - you've been warned and all that. Something the victims would have been grateful for ...
Reviewed by gab-6759910 / 10
What A Great Movie!
Going into this movie I only knew it was a murder\mystery that was it! This movie delivered so much more! This was a true adult movie so I would suggest no kids around when you see it. Get ready for a crazy 2 hours. This was one of those movie that didn't feel long because something was always going on. If you do not mind reading subtitles, this really was worth the watch. It reminded me of that all Spanish subtitle movie called The Invisible Guest. That was an equally good movie and I highly recommend if you like crime thrillers. Just be ready to be ping-ponged between 1990's and 1980's.
Reviewed by wotsonurmind8 / 10
If you're a fan of Nordic Noir or Dark Korean films - this one's up your alley!
I had seen both hollywood versions of the real story - both movies were a bit dull. This one though is on the veins of Nordi Noir and the real story the main spine of the story but there's more. The movie is dark,violent,talky,twisty and will hold your interest till the end provided you don't mind subtitles. Attention is needed at every stage as the story telling jumps beteen years but rest assured almost every question is answered by the end. It's a bit relentless although there were at least 3-4 occasions of dark humor. A lot of inspirations can be percieved in the movie from cinematography to camera angles,locations,etc with even a subtle but clear nod to the Korean 'Memories of Murder' (a VHS of the movie is shown as part of the story),Seven,Marshland, I saw the Devil,etc but that can only be a good thing considering the quality of those movies.
No hesitation in recommending this movie if you're into Nordic Noir or even dark,violent Korean films of the genre. Of the three movies based on the real Russian killer - this one ...for me ..hits the mark and stands independently as a very good thriller. Expect it to become a cult favourite.