(July 16, 2017) Original
July 21, 2017
From IMDb: “Fleeing from the Russian secret police, a young Estonian fencer is forced to return to his homeland, where he becomes a physical education teacher at a local school. The past however catches up and puts him in front of a difficult choice. ”
Poster Rating: C / C- / C
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Review: (#1) There really isn’t anything to see here. You definitely get the vague idea he’s a fencer, but that’s all there is to it. That isn’t enough. (#2) It might have been better with some revisions, but as it stands, the design tries far too hard to be distinct and doesn’t accomplish it. (#3) Taking the inset image from poster #2 and making it more distinct makes for a better visual impact, but the grainy overlay putting that focused image at the character’s heart, doesn’t work that well.
Trailer Rating: C+
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Review: The trailer creates the image of a conventional narrative told with small elements that could be compelling. Unfortunately, the whole thing feels furtively generic in the process.
It was submitted for consideration at last year’s Oscars. It was not nominated, so it would be eligible this year; however, there are no categories where it’s likely to compete.