Movie Review: FURIOUS (Blu-ray Combo Pack)

FURIOUS (aka Legenda o Kolovrate) was directed by Ivan Shurkhovetskiy in his feature debut, and stars newcomer Ilya Malakov, along with Alexander Ilyin Jr., Yuliya Khlynina, Alexey Serebryakov, Timofey Tribuntsev, Polina Chernyshova (in her feature film debut), Alexander Tsoi, Igor Savochkin, Andrey Burkovskiy and Vladimir Proskurin.

In the 13th century, Mongol warrior hordes control most of the known world.  Terrified by the ruthless invaders, most of the Russian princes surrender their lands on enemy terms, until a knight leads the charge to avenge his love and his homeland. A story of a legendary battle, where seventeen fearless warriors defend their land against an army of thousands of well-trained soldiers. In the 13th-century, Mongol warrior hordes and their leader, Batu Khan, control most of the known world. As the Mongols move towards Europe, they invade the last Russian principality standing in their way. Little do they know, their plans are about to be ruined by a small detachment of heroic men led by a mysterious warrior. This is a story about courage, endurance and self-sacrifice for the sake of one’s country. This is the story of Evpaty the Furious.

The movie follows this mysterious young man who is a part of a small group of Russians that go up against the massive Mongol threat that’s been wiping out entire populations in their conquest. The young man suffers from memory loss everytime he wakes up because of a Mongol ambush that left him traumatized as a child. There’s also something special about the brave young man that is slowly revealed as the journey slowly unfolds. The Russians meet with Batu Khan, the Mongol leader, to try and find some kind of peace between their two people but soon afterwards they find out that their entire village has been destroyed leaving all of their loved ones dead, so they’re left without a home to call their own and on the run from their powerful enemy.

What happens is, the Russians come up with a plan to save some orphaned children they run across during their retreat. They even get a little surprise help in the form of a giant bear during their fight for survival but in the end there’s no way they can stop the massive numbers of the Mongol threat. The odds were against them but the small group of Russians were able to save the children. In the end, the mysterious young man died a warrior’s death and earned the respect of Batu Khan who ordered his men to build the fallen warrior an honorable grave. What the Mongols didn’t know is that there would eventually be more brave warriors set for revenge and they’d be coming in massive numbers.

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, some images and list of special features. Each 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 the high-definition disc were crisp and clear. The picture and sound quality for the standard-definition disc were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Furious was as epic as it had been described even though it borrowed a little from the blockbuster 300. The story was interesting but it did feel kind of familiar because of the similarities between the two films. The cast did a great job with their characters and show a wide range of emotions during this action-packed adventure. The sets were all grand and the mixed locations and scenery looked beautiful. The movie features some stunning cinematography that is easily one of its strongest points. This first time director did an impressive job capturing how differently the two sides lived during this extremely dangerous time. I have to add that this is one of the best action movies like this to come along in a while because of its well executed direction, grand scale and fantasy elements that were thrown in. This Russian historical epic will make its U.S. debut when it arrives on Blu-ray+DVD Combo Pack on June 19th.

Distributor: Well Go USA

Run Time: 120 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.35:1)

Blu-ray Audio: Russian DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 / English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

DVD Video: Anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1)

DVD Audio: Russian Dolby Digital 5.1 / English Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English

Special Features: The only extras included are some trailers for the release.

  • Russian Trailer (01:59)
  • English Trailer #1 (01:59)
  • English Trailer #2 (02:04)

 

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