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Guardians
Directed bySarik Andreasyan
Produced by
  • Sarik Andreasyan
  • Gevond Andreasyan
  • Vladimir Polyakov
  • Max Oleinikov
  • Nikita Argunov
Written byAndrei Gavrilov
Starring
  • Sebastien Sisak
  • Sanzhar Madiyev
  • Anton Pampushnyy
  • Alina Lanina
  • Valeriya Shkirando
  • Stanislav Shirin
Music byGeorgiy Zheryakov
CinematographyMaksim Osadchiy-Korytkovskiy
Edited byGeorgiy Isaakyan
Distributed byTurbo Films
Release date
Running time
89 minutes
CountryRussia
LanguageRussian
Budget$5.4 million (320 million RUB)
Box office$15.1 million

Guardians (Russian: Защитники, romanized: Zaschitniki or Zashchitniki) is a 2017 Russian superhero film[1] directed by Russian-Armenian filmmaker Sarik Andreasyan and starring Sebastien Sisak, Anton Pampushnyy, Sanzhar Madiyev, Alina Lanina, Valeriya Shkirando and Stanislav Shirin.

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The film tells the story of a team of Soviet superheroes created during the Cold War. The team includes representatives of the different nationalities of the USSR. Each of the protagonists' superpowers reflect the strengths and traditions of the people of the USSR.

Guardians was met with strongly negative critical reception in Russian media,[2] with many considering it to be one of the worst films ever made. It debuted at the top of Russian box office, however its gross quickly dropped,[3] and Guardians is believed to be a box office bomb.[4]

The film was released as an english dub on US home media by Shout! Factory on 5 December 2017.[5]

Plot[edit]

During the Cold War, a secret organization known as 'Patriot' gathers a team of Soviet superheroes, altering and augmenting the DNA of many selected individuals throughout the former state's territory, in order to defend the motherland from superhuman threats. The team includes representatives of the different nationalities of the Soviet Union. Arseniy, codenamed Arsus , can change into a huge, incredibly strong bear-man. Temirkhan, codenamed Khan, has super-speed and wields a pair of curved swords. Lernik, codenamed Ler, has the ability to control earth and stone. Finally, Xenia has the power of invisibility and can transform her body into water.

The program succeeds where a second program called Module-1 fails. This prompts Professor August Kuratov (Stanislav Shirin), creator of Module-1, to flee to the remote wilderness, away from Soviet authorities, to continue working on his experiments. When the military is summoned to arrest him, he bombs the Patriot laboratory, surviving because he was covered with some chemicals. He rebuilds his damaged body making himself into a cyborg. This gives him the power to generate electricity and control machines. He also created an army of clones of himself, and sets out to prove to the world that he is a genius. After the explosion, Arsus, Ler, Khan, and Xenia go into hiding for years.

In the present day, several walking robots used in a training exercise turn against their supervising officials and kill them. This leads to the Ministry of Defence holding a meeting and deciding to revive the Patriot organization under the leadership of Major Elena Larina and to locate their missing super agents. She finds Ler spending his time meditating in the Khor Virap Monastery in Armenia; Khan living on the steppes of Kazakhstan; Arsus in a remote cabin on the Putorana Plateau in northern Siberia; and Xenia performing stunts in a circus in Moscow. Their first task is to raid Kuratov's laboratory within an old factory, but they are captured.

Kuratov offers the Guardians a chance to join him but they refuse. This angers him and he keeps three of them trapped within a magnetic force field and injures Ler. He later goes to a military facility at Noginsk to take control of the tanks and other vehicles stationed there. Using them, he launches an invasion of Moscow and makes preparations to use the Ostankino Tower and the Federation Tower for his Module-2 Project. He intends to transmit a signal through an old Soviet satellite, which will then be sent to every other satellite orbiting Earth, and use it to seize control of all technology in the world. He uses a force field to protect his beacon-tower and destroy several jet fighters that are sent to stop him. When a collaborator within the Russian military, Major-General Nikolai Dolgov, asks Kuratov for a reward for his help, Kuratov strangles him to death.

While Ler recovers, he reflects on the fact that his superhuman abilities prevent him from aging normally. He has stayed the same age while his wife and grandchildren have grown older and died. Afterward, Major Elena frees the other team members from Kuratov's laboratory. She sends Kuratov's former rival to study one of Kuratov's clones. Unfortunately, the real Kuratov releases poison gas to kill him. Arsus and the other Guardians are trained in the Patriots' facility and are given suits and weapons.

The Guardians go to Moscow: Xenia and Arsus advance through the streets, Ler defeats several soldiers patrolling an underground car park, and Khan uses an airplane to try to fly above Kuratov's force field. The three Guardians enter a shopping mall, and begin crossing an iron bar linking it to the tower-beacon, but are shot at by more of Kuratov's troops on another pipe. Khan jumps from the airplane swinging on a grapple line to slice the pipe, causing Kuratov's troops to fall.

While the other Guardians try to figure out a way to destroy the power source for Kuratov's beacon, Xenia grabs the power source to short circuit it. She is injured but this does temporarily disable the beacon's transmissions causing the force field to collapse. The Guardians battle Kuratov again on the platform at the top of the tower but fail to defeat him. Khan uses his super speed to tie all of the Guardians to a grappling rope and attach it to an airplane to escape. Kuratov interferes with the plane's controls, but Khan cuts the grappling rope and they fall into a river before the plane crashes.

As they emerge from the river, they consider going back to Kuratov's beacon to destroy it and kill Kuratov, but Major Elena arrives and commands them not to. She tells them that as superhumans, they can also pool their energy and release it as a blast, but doing so might be fatal. The Guardians touch each other and generate a blast of energy, much akin to a Genki-Dama AKA Spirit Bomb, that destroys Kuratov's tower, and the skyscrapers supporting it causing Kuratov to fall to his death. Major Elena says that, while Kuratov boasted that he created the Guardians, they really created themselves.

The Guardians recover, rendezvousing with Major Elena on a bridge in the rebuilt Moscow. Although they choose to go back to their normal lives, they also consider continuing their service to the Patriot organization. As they walk away, Elena tells them that 'we found other Guardians.' In a post-credits scene, Elena is seen attacking a soldier after his truck stops. When she questions the soldier, he tells her that 'Ferrum' has sent him as part of an unspecified mission.

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Cast[edit]

  • Sebastien Sisak as Ler; Ler's English voice: Ray Chase (լեռ, Armenian for 'mountain'; found in Khor Virap Monastery, Armenia).
  • Anton Pampushnyy as Arsus; English Voice: Grant George (found in Putorana Plateau, northern Siberia)
  • Sanjar Madi as Khan; English Voice: (found in southern Kazakhstan)
  • Alina Lanina as Xenia; English Voice: (found in Moscow)
  • Valeriya Shkirando as Major Elena Larina, the head of the secret organization, codenamed 'Patriot'.
  • Vyacheslav Razbegaev as Major-general Nikolai Dolgov.
  • Stanislav Shirin as August Kuratov.

Production[edit]

Filming[edit]

Filming began on April 27, 2015, in Moscow while the casting process was concluded earlier that year. Filming was continued in Moscow Oblast and in the Crimean Peninsula, and was wrapped on July 14, 2015.

Reception[edit]

The reception of Guardians was overwhelmingly negative. The film was almost universally panned in Russian media,[2] such as Meduza,[6]Afisha[7]Rossiyskaya Gazeta,[8]Mir Fantastiki,[9] among others. It was mainly criticized for having a derivative plot, bad acting and direction, cheap CGI, plot holes and overall low quality, as well as comparisons of the film to Fantastic Four, another film that was critically panned. Critics outside Russia were only slightly kinder to Guardians; however, the reviews in Times of India,[10] Birth Movies Death[11] and Mid-Day.com[12] were negative. In November 2017, RIA Novosti placed Guardians at the top of their list of the worst films of all time.[13]

Box office[edit]

Guardians was released February 23, 2017, on a public holiday in Russia, Defender of the Fatherland Day. On its first day, the movie grossed 83 million RUB,[14][15] and 213 million RUB in first four days, below early expectations, but still at the top of the weekend box office.[16] On its second weekend, Guardians box office dropped 90% down to 21 million RUB, and fourth place.[3] The gross kept dropping by 90% every weekend, and Russian media[17][18][19] presumes that Guardians became a box office bomb.

In July 2017, Enjoy Movies, the production company behind Guardians, filed for bankruptcy,[20] while Cinema Foundation of Russia, which provided part of the budget, sued the company, demanding return of the investment.[21]

Canceled sequel[edit]

Initially, long before the premiere of the original film and in case of success, a sequel was announced, in which it was supposed to add another superhero from China.[22] Prior to this, the release date of the second part has not yet been announced. Later, Guardians 2 has been approved, with Turbo Films, the Chinese distributor of the first film, as a co-production company.[23] It will reportedly be partially shot in China and have some Chinese characters.[24]

After the critical and commercial failure and declaration of bankruptcy by 'Enjoy Movies', director Andreasyan said that the continuation will still be, stating also that with their team they are discussing 'Who from the superheroes will die'.[25] However, the film will also be filmed in conjunction with the 'Big Cinema', also founded by the brothers Andreasyans.[26]

On December 20, 2020, in an interview with “Bubble Comics” Sarik Andreasyan was asked why “Guardians 2” never came out and the latter explained that “Deadpool 2 was to blame for everything.[27]Mr casino games.

Tie-in media[edit]

Prior to the release of the film, a prequel comic was freely distributed at Comic Con Russia in 2016, titled Guardians: Book 1 and containing the story Guardians: The Broken Curtain and lacking any author credits. The comic depicts the Guardians trying to stop a supervillain named 'Manowar' from assassinating Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev. Despite several thousand copies of the comic being published and distributed in promotion of the film, suggesting an official release, Andreasyan later claimed via Twitter that the comic was a non-canon fan release.[28] Instead, Andreasyan officially sanction another prequel comic book, which was later published, titled Guardians: A Comic of the New Superhero Universe.[29] Both comics were negatively received by critics, who found the story, the dialogue, and especially the artwork to be sub-par.

A tie-in prose novel titled Guardians: The Reflection was published as well. Written by multiple authors, it contained several separate stories focusing on the main characters of the film.[30]

An iOS game titled Guardians - Defence of Justice was released, in which players fight off hordes of attacking enemies.[31]

References[edit]

  1. ^Brown, Todd (10 August 2015). 'Russia gets a superhero team of their own with 'Guardians' (Защитники)'. Screen Anarchy. Retrieved 27 August 2016.
  2. ^ ab'Рецензии на фильм Защитники / Zashchitniki (2017), отзывы'. Критиканство. Retrieved 3 July 2017.
  3. ^ abКассовые сборы в России и СНГ за уик-энд 2 – 5 марта, 2017 - Новости Кинопортал Кинобизнес сегодня
  4. ^''Защитники': история одного провала'. Retrieved 3 July 2017.
  5. ^Teferra, Semone (2017-06-28). 'Shout Factory Bringing Russian Superhero Flick Guardians to Disc - THE HORROR ENTERTAINMENT MAGAZINE'. THE HORROR ENTERTAINMENT MAGAZINE. Retrieved 2017-07-01.
  6. ^'Фильмы на неделю: патриотические (и ужасающие) 'Защитники', а также 'Джеки', 'Тони Эрдманн' и 'Слишком свободный человек' — Meduza'. Retrieved 3 July 2017.
  7. ^''Защитники' Сарика Андреасяна: наш ответ Говарду-утке'. Retrieved 3 July 2017.
  8. ^''Защитники' Сарика Андреасяна: насколько это плохо'. Российская газета. Retrieved 3 July 2017.
  9. ^''Защитники' — идиотическая четвёрка - Кино - Мир фантастики'. 24 February 2017. Retrieved 3 July 2017.
  10. ^'Guardians - The Superheroes Review {2/5}: Stay home and do a Marvel marathon instead'. The Times of India. Retrieved 3 July 2017.
  11. ^GUARDIANS Review: Russia’s Underwhelming Avengers Birth.Movies.Death.
  12. ^''Guardians: The Superheroes' - Movie Review'. Retrieved 3 July 2017.
  13. ^Самый худший фильм: какие картины последних лет разочаровали зрителей (in Russian). RIA Novosti. November 28, 2017. Retrieved March 3, 2019.
  14. ^'Предварительная касса четверга: 'Защитники' уверенно выиграли в национальный праздник'. www.kinometro.ru. Retrieved 3 July 2017.
  15. ^Касса четверга: «Защитники» стартовали на уровне отечественных «миллиардеров» — Новости на Фильм Про
  16. ^Кассовые сборы в России и СНГ за уик-энд 23 — 26 февраля, 2017 — Новости Кинопортал Кинобизнес сегодня
  17. ^'Бокс-офис РФ: 'Логан' рвет конкурентов'. 7 March 2017. Retrieved 3 July 2017.
  18. ^Григорьева, Таисия. 'Эксперт рассказал, как спасти российские 'ответы Голливуду' от провала в прокате'. Retrieved 3 July 2017.
  19. ^'Следим за судьбой картин. 'Вурдалаки' в пролёте, 'Защитники' пикируют - Nalin.Ru'. www.nalin.ru. Retrieved 3 July 2017.
  20. ^Компания Enjoy Movies приготовилась признать себя банкротом — новости на КиноПоиске
  21. ^Фонд кино потребовал 51 миллион рублей у продюсеров «Защитников»: Кино: Культура: Lenta.ru
  22. ^In the continuation of the film 'Guardians' may appear Chinese superhero
  23. ^Kozlov, Vladimir (February 23, 2016). 'Russian Cold War Superhero Film to Get China Release Under Import Quota'. The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 26, 2016.
  24. ^Ryan, Fergus (January 16, 2017). 'China, Russia Team up to Take on 'The Avengers' with Communist Superheroes'. China Film Insider. Retrieved January 17, 2017.
  25. ^Sarik Andreasyan and the team are discussing the sequel to the 'Guardians'
  26. ^Andreasyans brothers will do only 'Big cinema'
  27. ^''Guardians 2' by Sarik Andreasyan Didn't Happen Because of the Movie 'Deadpool 2''. geekcity.ru. December 28, 2020.
  28. ^Youtube review of the Comic Con prequel comic (in Russian)
  29. ^Elena Yakovleva, Lenin, Yevtushenko and Superheroes. Guide to events 'Library Night 2017', the announcement of the event 'Library Night'
  30. ^Guardians: The Reflection page on a Russian online bookstore 'Labirint'
  31. ^Google Play page of the iOS game
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External links[edit]

Nikita Guardians Movie

  • Guardians at IMDb
  • Guardians at Rotten Tomatoes
  • (in Russian)Official page in Enjoy Movies website

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