Monday, 29 March 2010

Buslov: Boomer (2003)

"None of them wanted to kill. None of them wanted to die," we are told in the advertising blurb for Boomer, one of the most intensely advertised Russian films in recent memory. At first glance, truth in advertising seems to be characteristically absent inasmuch as aggressive violence comes as naturally to the four young heroes of this film as does eating and drinking. On closer examination, however, the description has the ring of truth. These four could not possibly want to kill, because they truly cannot want anything. "Want" is not a relevant category in this film in which human desire plays absolutely no motivating role.
Petr Buslov, the young director of this, his debut film, makes no attempt to hide his deliberate decision to make a genre movie. Whether one considers Boomer to be "road movie" or "gangster film," the plot and the characters follow the rules of the genre perfectly. Despite what one might well have expected, the title character of the film, a sleek and imposing BMW 750 IL, becomes neither the "real hero" of the film nor some kind of demonic spirit leading its occupants to their doom. It is, at the level of plot, no more and no less than their car, a most necessary component for this road movie. Nor is their anything particularly innovative about their social position. They are petty bandits without any characterization that would allow any one of them to distinguish himself from the general type, writes Gerald McCausland in KinoKultura

Photos from the shooting of the film "Boomer" here.

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