‘Dangerous Roads’ Overview: A Wartime Anthology

When Nataliia Vorozhbyt’s fashionable battle drama “Dangerous Roads” was chosen because the Ukrainian submission for finest worldwide characteristic movie for the 94th Academy Awards again in September, it did not make sufficient of a dent with Oscar voters to earn a nomination. However occasions have modified, and the anthology movie, taking part in now in theaters and on digital cinemas, has garnered renewed consideration for its large launch throughout the ongoing Russian invasion.

Viewers in search of exact commentary on present occasions might be dissatisfied, although that is hardly Vorozhbyt’s fault. Quite, the 4 wartime tales in “Dangerous Roads” fall brief on delivering any significant perception into the character of battle, relying as a substitute on moments of lackluster pressure and shock worth that tremendously overstay their welcome.

Probably the most memorable vignette of the movie, for higher or worse, is its third, the place a feminine journalist (Maryna Klimova) is held hostage by a sadistic soldier (Yuri Kulinich). The phase drags on interminably as the girl is overwhelmed, tortured and humiliated by her captor whereas attempting to attraction to his humanity, earlier than the entire depressing ordeal is lower brief by a brisk act of violence. The tidy ending makes the lead-up really feel, regrettably, like a waste of time.

The opposite tales in “Dangerous Roads” really feel undercooked at finest, even when they could current a compelling premise. The movie’s opening vignette, which depicts a tipsy college headmaster (Igor Koltovskyy) attempting to get by means of a street checkpoint with out a passport, reveals how the collision between battle and civilian life can produce outcomes which can be each brutal and laughably nonsensical. If solely the remainder of the movie dared to have interaction with the identical complexity.

Dangerous Roads
Not rated. In Ukrainian and Russian, with subtitles. Working time: 1 hour 45 minutes. In theaters and on digital cinemas.

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