Gruz 200 (Cargo 200) (Freight 200)
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Brother director Alexei Balabanov takes the helm for this over-the-top black comedy concerning the clash between a sadistic police captain and an atheist university professor. The year is 1984, and power-abusing police Captain Zhurov (Alexei Poluyan) lives in a modest Leninisk home with his incoherent, alcoholic mother (Valentina Andryukova). Existing in stark contrast to the corrupt urban policeman, grain alcohol slinger Alexei (Alexei Serebryakov) lives in a remote country shack with his wife Tonya (Natalya Akimova). One night, on his way to visit his mother, local academic Artem (Leonid… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Art house meets grind house in Cargo 200, Alexey Balabanov's morbidly compelling thriller set in the Soviet Union."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"A grim grindhouse black comedy thriller that is a disturbing look at Russia before Perestroika."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The realism of the cinematography, the pull-no-punches style in the scenes that depict Russia's military as a disenfranchised bunch of thugs and the gumption to toss it into one pot all deliver a robust recipe."
‑ Matthew Nestel, Boxoffice Magazine
"A depressing Russian thriller set in 1984 that paints a very unpretty picture of society."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Balabanov imbues his uncompromisingly matter-of-fact horror show material with a shrewd politicized consciousness."
‑ Nick Schager, Slant Magazine
"Regardless of intent, Cargo 200 is beautifully filmed and completely disturbing for its entire running time."
‑ Vadim Rizov, Village Voice
"This is not a movie for those with weak stomachs, but it is haunting if you can stomach the disgusting acts of sexual abuse and murder."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"Incredibly perverse and weirdly fascinating look at the Soviet Union in the pre-Glasnost era."
‑ Lewis Beale, Film Journal International
"Soviet lives are uncomfortable to watch here but as compelling as Richard Widmark's début in 'Kiss of Death' or Tarantino's more graphic one with 'Reservoir Dogs.'"
‑ Donald J. Levit, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"so bleak and horrifying that you might think Francis Bacon served as DP"
‑ Christopher Null,
"Alexey Balabanov's gruesome little charmer of a black comedy -- a goth cousin to Delicatessen -- is set in the gray, decaying environs of Leninsk, essentially a more depressing version of Pittsburgh."
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"Mildly compelling, but, essentially, it's just another bland, tedious, pointless version of Hostel with much less blood-and-guts and ultimately leaves you with a bitter aftertaste."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"Balabanov has crafted horror setpieces as vile (and strangely aesthetically pleasing) as anything you might see in contemporary torture porn, but Cargo's slow-burn build give each act of rape, murder, torture and necrophilia that much more weight."
‑ Karina Longworth, SpoutBlog
"Balabanov (Brother) writes and directs with an almost unnervingly naturalistic style, loading each scene with pitch-black humour"
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"You're likely to leave this movie wondering what you've just watched, as if you've been abused worse than the poor kidnapped girl."
‑ Edward Douglas,
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