Victory Day (NR)

Drama 99
By F.x. Feeney
Producer, director, co-writer and star Sean Ramsay tackles an ambitious premise here, but his efforts are crushed by his wearing too many hats. The film works hard to dramatize, in action-adventure terms, the collapse of post-Soviet democracy and the reasons behind it. Ramsay�s physical presence � big, closely cropped hair; long jaw; lean build � sufficiently brings to mind Jason Statham of the Transporter series to justify casting himself in the lead. That the film exists at all is testament to his capacities as a producer. However, the parade of weak and over-the-top performances that afflict Victory Day offers conclusive proof that Ramsay should have delegated the directing. Nearly ever word out of the characters� mouths is either an arch piece of exposition or a clanging, nail-on-the-head expulsion of emotion. Blasts of shopworn action and fogs of narrative amnesia afflict the movements of the plot from scene to scene. (The damsel being distressed by the villainous Russian oligarch loses sight of her loyalty to Ramsay�s rescuer at one key point; then the movie loses sight of her wavering.) These are sad facts to report, because the greed of post-Soviet oligarchs is a tragedy worth lamenting, and despite his many self-made obstacles, Ramsay does at least communicate the sincere intensity of his concern.
Sean Ramsay Natalie Shiyanova, Sean Ramsay, Milan Kolik, David Fellowes, Brian Caspe, Gordon Truefitt, Sirena Abdrakhimanova, Lubova Bammatova, Ashley Elizabeth Barrett, Irina Belkovskaya Sean Ramsay, David Fellowes


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