Why Don’t You Just Die?

Kirill Sokolov’s Russian-language, violent action film places itself squarely in the mould of Tarantino and it does a great job of it. The stylised violence is done with more than a hint of humour and the fast paced story develops and tweaks the story as more depth is given to different characters.

When Matvei (Alexandr Kuznetsov) arrives at his Olya’s parents’ (Vitaliy Khaev and Elena Shevchenko) apartment, with a hammer in hand, he is prepared to do the unthinkable at Olya’s (Evgeniya Kregzhde) behest.

The violence and style of the action in this opening scene is superbly done and completely sets the wonderfully playful and violent tone for the rest of this film. From here on out anything could, and more or less does, happen.

Ludicrousness alongside excellently inventive fighting brings a smile to your face as a lot of this is played for humour rather than shock value. Utilising a few well constructed flashbacks adds more depth to the key characters and also gives a slightly different meaning to events, twisting the story to keep you on your toes.

This is a total blast of a film and had me smiling and laughing multiple times alongside a few authentic turn away/squirm moments (including one which made the entire screen groan with disgust).

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