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Mafia: Survival Game
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by Jay Seaver

"What"s worse than movies based on videogames? Ones based on thẻ games."

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SCREENED AT THE 2016 BOSTON SCI-FI FILM FESTIVAL: Nearly every time I see a movie based upon a Clip game, I can"t but help but phản hồi about how directly translating that medium"s structures và mechanisms khổng lồ film creates something incredibly awkward. That is nothing, however, compared to lớn watching "Mafia: Survival Game" slavishly stiông chồng to lớn the tiệc ngọt thẻ game that inspired it và fundamentally miss what makes something a watchable movie.It reimagines this game as the most popular television show in the year 2072, where 12 people - some of them prisoners who will be freed if they win - compete for a pot of a million dollars that will be split among muốn the survivors. This is meant quite literally - at the kết thúc of every round, the participants vote, và whoever is voted off is sent into lớn a virtual reality simulation of his or her worst fears, & if you die in that... Well, you know.This is the point where I would normally menu out those contestants, but it"s very cthảm bại to lớn pointless, especially since I only managed to get eleven down while taking notes. They have, in theory, been chosen like the contestants on an actual reality show, with clashing personality types và folks with connected backstories, và there are some potentially interesting ideas in there - ballerina Maria (Natalya Rudova) competing against her stalker Ari or one of the prisoners (Artyom Suchkov) being on death row because the oligarchs convinced hyên lớn take the fall for a friend"s drunk driving - but with twelve of them to lớn cram into lớn 96 minutes, và occasional forays into lớn the control room with the show"s creator (Viktor Verzhbitskiy) that certainly feel like Ed Harris"s scenes in The Truman Show, there"s just not enough time for any of them to be anything but shallow.(It also doesn"t help that the version screened had what certainly seemed like a bargain-basement dubbing job. The festival director claimed that this was the only way it was available, and maybe that"s how the film"s Russian producers figure it can make headway in America. For something so obviously VOD-bound & needing festival word-of-mouth, you"d think they"d go with something that didn"t make the movie look ridiculous.)The big problem is that, at least as presented in the film, Mafia is a terrible game. I don"t just mean that a million dollars seems like a pretty paltry sum - it"s what The Amazing Race gives out today và that show doesn"t guarantee that some of its participants will die. Maybe if its future Moscow felt more dystopic and desperate, that would be one thing, Andrey Gavrilov"s script doesn"t have sầu that sort of edge, at least as it"s dubbed. No, it"s a game where the contestants are assigned "Mafia" & "Civilian" status in what is apparently random fashion, & then expected to lớn figure out who is who based upon how they respond to lớn each other"s questions. It makes no sense, and renders every "round" completely arbitrary, as well as being static because everybody is basically strapped into lớn chairs. It makes for a truly terrible movie, since the characters contribute nothing lớn the outcome, and feels lượt thích it would make terrible television for the same reason. There"s no discernible difference between civilians & mafia, no way for the characters khổng lồ figure it out, and no satire about just how meaningless the distinction is.So those rounds just count down to the VR kills, và I"ll give director Sarik Andreasyan some credit here - even though the outcome is basically pre-ordained, he and the cast members vị a surprisingly good job of making the viewer feel lượt thích there may actually be some way out, or at least communicating the despairing panic of the situation. Some of the effects aren"t terrible, either, although the film does rely on a lot of CGI that doesn"t exactly make it look lượt thích the giải pháp công nghệ of digital image creation has advanced much in the next 55 years. To be fair, the visuals were not helped at all by the presentation (not only is the film clearly built for 3D, but the festival screened what looked like a DVD-chất lượng image file on a Clip projector that couldn"t handle its dark hues), but it didn"t seem khổng lồ be obscuring greatness.I suppose that there"s a bright side in that "Mafia" is instructively awful; it"s a great tool for teaching the difference between earned tension và arbitrary conflict. It"s a terrible movie lớn actually sit down and watch, though, a bunch of poorly-conceived và unmotivated scenes strung together that aren"t even outrageous or ineptly shot/performed enough lớn be an eye-drawing trainwreông xã.


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Directed bySarik AndreasyanWritten byAndrey GavrilovCastVadim TsallatiVioletta GetmanskayaVenyamin SmekhovViktor VerzhbitskiyOlga TumaykinaAleksey Grishin


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