Russia 2019. dir. Aleksey Sidorov. 139 mins.

Available on DVD

Reviewer Ed Farolan

Good timing to celebrate D-Day with this Russian version of WWII. In 1944, a courageous group of Russian soldiers managed to escape from German captivity in a half-destroyed legendary T-34 tank.

The title references the T-34, a World War II-era Soviet medium tank used during the invasion of the Soviet Union. The film narrates the life of Nikolay Ivkushin, a tank commander who gets captured by the Nazis. Three years later, he begins to plan his ultimate escape, alongside his newly-recruited tank crew. It stars Alexander Petrov as Nikolay Ivushkin, with Viktor Dobronravov, Irina Starshenbaum, Anton Bogdanov, Yuriy Borisov, Semyon Treskunov and Artyom Bystrov.

I like this WWII film in that we see a Russian version of the last world war. Rareley do we see films like this one. Usually, it´s the British or American films we watch seeing the Germans defeated by the Allies.

© 2019 Ed Farolan