Monday, October 24, 2011

Gorky Park (1983)

Synopsis: Peace-loving, proletarian policeman encounters dissident wreckers and running-dog lackeys in heroic effort to solve barbaric crimes obviously committed by imperialist oppressors of the toiling masses.

Blurb From the VHS Jacket:Gorky Park opens with the discovery of three mutilated bodies buried in the snow in Moscow’s Gorky Park. Arkady Renko (William Hurt), the Chief Investigator of the Moscow Militia, is assigned to unravel this horrific crime, but he is confronted by an uncooperative and corrupt KGB.”

What Did I Learn?: If you’re going to shoot three people just beyond a crowded skating rink in the middle of Moscow, you might want to wait until the loudspeakers get to the cannon shots in Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture.

You Might Like This Movie If: You’re nostalgic for this guy.

Really?: Rodents. Everybody was killed over a bunch of rodents.

Rating: Gorky Park is an engaging thriller with solid performances from Hurt, Lee Marvin and Brian Dennehy. It’s also a strange time capsule from a very different period; it’s fascinating to watch elements of civil society (in this case, honest cops) attempt to navigate through a system dominated by the Communist Party and the KGB. 8/10 stars.

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