Movie Review: Guardians
Updated: May 27, 2019
‘During the Cold War, an organization called "Patriot" created a super-hero squad, which includes members of multiple soviet republics. For years, the heroes had to hide their identities, but in hard times they must show themselves again. ‘
IMDb rating 3.9/10 Rotten Tomatoes 24%
I recall seeing a trailer for this movie what feels like the beginning of the year and the trailer looked pretty solid. A Russian superhero movie? Alright I will give that a watch. The trailer looked decent enough the action scenes appeared good enough. The heroes depicted were a were-bear that managed to get a chain gun, a teleporter with crazy curved blades and another that could control and manipulate stone. The fourth one you don’t really get a good idea of what she can do but you do find out that she’s the Russian version of Invisible Woman kind of.
Now the trailers were dubbed in English but the copy of the film I managed to find was subtitled which I don’t mind at all, I’ve watched my share of anime in the past. But whoever did the subtitles didn’t do the greatest of job in the translation. I saw pronoun changes mid-sentence amongst a couple of other errors and had to translate the subtitles a little bit. I don’t think it would have made any difference to me whether it was dubbed or subtitled to be honest.
Story wise the film is rather linear and pretty lackluster. I guess after seeing the trailers I was expecting a little more action in the film throughout. It jumped right into the gathering up of the superheroes to fight against the scientist that created them in the first place who has gone rogue in an effort to get this take over the world (Shocker!!). You get a little insight to the heroes and aside from their vengeance motivation but I still found the character development on the weak side.
There is a pretty well expected double-cross that seems to appear in most of these kinds of films and this one doesn’t disappoint of course. The writing and script in between the action scenes felt very forced and the actors didn’t emote very well. Maybe that is something that is typical in Russian films compared to Hollywood but I just didn’t get invested into the film I just felt like I was watching it from the sidelines as opposed to taking a vested interest in what was going on.
The action scenes are solid in the film but is far from a saving grace for the film. The kill scenes involving Khan with his crazy curved blades and teleportation/speed power are quite good and the effects are Nightcrawler-esque. At one point Kuratov (the villain) severely injures Ler the manipulator of the earth and appears to break his back but manages to heal quickly and is able to fight again another day. At first I was thinking he was dead but apparently not and in no time was back up and into the fray with his Guardian colleagues.
For a film with only a $5 million budget I really don’t think it was that bad. The production value was pretty well maximized for what they had to work with. It fell just short in making its budget back in the theaters with around $4.7 million worldwide. Of course as with most superhero films they left in wide open for a second film saying right towards the end that they found another Guardian and they were going to find them. So we may see another film in this franchise. Let’s hope that they improve in the script aspect going from this film to the next if they in fact make another one.
Do I recommend a viewing of this film? I would have to say no. The ratings that it did get are right in the same area as to what I will probably be giving the film as well. You may enjoy it however if you are into foreign films. But if that is the case I would recommend a number of other foreign films before this one and one of those being Battle Royale. I would recommend it to anyone to be honest. Guardians is an below-average movie with a higher independent film budget. I hope they don’t make a second one because I am more than likely going to have to watch it for a comparative to see if they improved from the first but most sequels don’t. Yes I know there is the odd exception like The Godfather Pt 2, Wrath of Khan and Empire Strikes Back but for the most part the sequels fall pretty flat.
2 Beards out 5