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Blu-ray Review: ATTRACTION

ATTRACTION is the latest film from renowned Russian filmmaker and actor Fedor Bondarchuk from a screenplay by Andrey Zolotaryov and Oleg Malovichko that stars Irina Starshenbaum, Alexander Petrov, Rinal Mukhametov and Oleg Menshikov.

A sinister unidentified flying object plummeting to Earth changes our view of humanity and life beyond our planet. Moscow finds itself on the brink of destruction after a mysterious spaceship crash-lands in the center of the city. While the government seeks to find out what the ship’s passengers want and how to protect the local population, the rest of the city residents break into conflicting factions. Some view the aliens as a threat that should be extinguished, while others hope that the visitors are peaceful and offer an opportunity to learn more about the world beyond. When a young woman finds herself torn between her seemingly normal life and the alluring promise offered by one of the all-too-human extraterrestrials, the fate of the entire world is left hanging in the balance.

A mysterious alien spaceship is damaged during a meteor shower and ends up crash-landing in Moscow. The Russian Government considers it hostile but when Yulia (Irina Starshenbaum) helps Hekon (Rinal Mukhametov), the injured visitor from the space craft, she learns that he’s from a technologically advanced humanoid race who’s simply been orbiting the Earth for research purposes. Without spoiling too much let’s just say that water plays an important part to the story. Hekon quickly learns why his people was never supposed to make contact with humans and it’s because of our violent nature and destructive ways. Yulia and Hekon find themselves hiding and on the run from the Russian government, led by Yulia’s over-protective father Colonel Valentin Lebedev (Oleg Menshikov), as well as Yulia’s bullyish, no-good boyfriend Artyom (Alexander Petrov) who really doesn’t like the fact that his girlfriend has the hots for this peaceful alien visitor that has also taken a liking to her.

What happens is, the more time Yulia and Hekon spend together, the stronger their unique bond grows which allows them to learn so much about each other and Yulia not only sees how peaceful and advanced Hekon’s race is but how violent her own actually can be. It’s a race against time for Yulia and Hekon who try to get back to his ship so he can leave before something really bad happens. Standing in their way is Artyom who’s ready for a fight against this peaceful vistor who ultimately sacrifices himself to save Yulia’s life when she’s struck in the line of fire. In the end, the spacecraft is able to leave the Earth but things will never be the same for Yulia and the rest of the humans that encountered Hekon and this unforgettable first contact event.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, an image and list of special features. The reverse sleeve features an image from the movie. The Blu-ray disc also features its own individual artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, I’d been keeping up with Attraction ever since I shared the first trailer that released back a few years ago and after watching this impressive Russian sci-fi extravaganaza all I can say is “WOW!” and that it didn’t disappoint at all. Sure, the story treads a little on familiar territory with the whole alien crash lands on Earth and falls for a pretty girl but we haven’t gotten it from a Russian point-of-view before, until now. Director Fedor Bondarchuk has constructed an ambitious sci-fi adventure with a lot of heart that fits right in with fan favorite movies like Independence Day and Skyline. The movie has its dramatic moments but there’s lots of action to go along with it that’s brought to life by some incredible state-of-the-art special effects and highly-detailed production design. I had a blast watching this impressive import from Russia and can’t wait for the sequel we’ll be getting sometime in 2019. Attraction will make its Blu-ray debut in the U.S. on December 4th.

Distributor: Dark Sky Films

Run Time: 133 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.39:1)

Blu-ray Audio: Russian Dolby Atmos / English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (dubbed)

Subtitles: English

Special Features: The extras include two making of/behind-the-scenes featurettes that include interviews with some of the cast and crew, a promo reel, special effects breakdown, trailer and teaser.

  • Young Actors (02:17)
  • Superstars (02:02)
  • Promo Reel (03:00)
  • VFX Breakdown (09:15)
  • Trailer (01:57)
  • Teaser (01:35)
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