Gruz 200 (Cargo 200) (Freight 200)
Gruz 200 (Cargo 200) (Freight 200) (2007)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 28, 2009
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79%
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75%


Critic Score: 79% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

Art house meets grind house in Cargo 200, Alexey Balabanov's morbidly compelling thriller set in the Soviet Union.

Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

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.

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Lewis Beale
Film Journal International

Incredibly perverse and weirdly fascinating look at the Soviet Union in the pre-Glasnost era.

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Vadim Rizov
Village Voice

Regardless of intent, Cargo 200 is beautifully filmed and completely disturbing for its entire running time.

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Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

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.

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Karina Longworth
SpoutBlog

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.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A grim grindhouse black comedy thriller that is a disturbing look at Russia before Perestroika.

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Matthew Nestel
Boxoffice Magazine

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.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A depressing Russian thriller set in 1984 that paints a very unpretty picture of society.


Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
Bannan instant enigma- just add water
I still am uncertain what to think of this film, the previous Balabanov film was a comedic gem really taking black comedies in the direction you'd think… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"Cargo 200" starts with Artem(Leonid Gromov), a professor of scientific atheism, drinking with his brother Mikhail(Yuri… More
Christopher Brown
Brutal and criminally unknown film about interconnecting stories revolving around a police chief who as gone mad in 80?s Russia.  Beautifully shot and directed… More