The Trailer for the Russian Film ‘August Eighth’ Looks Like A Military SciFi Blockbuster Worth Seeing

Coming out of Russia is the August Eighth, which looks to be a big budget military science fiction cross between Transformers and The Iron Giant. At least that’s what I think is happeneing. The English subtitled version of the trailer tones the SciFi elements waaaaay down…

Here’s the English sutitle version (click the CC/Closed-Caption button)

[via Quiet Earth]

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  1. Thanks for posting this, otherwise I probably wouldn’t have heard of the movie at all. Is there anything thing in the film that _doesn’t_ get blown up?

    > The English subtitled version of the trailer tones the SciFi elements waaaaay down…

    It sounds like the SF elements may be purely fantasy, dreamt by the little boy in the film. The Russian wikipedia article says that the movie is about the South Ossetia War in 2008, and (roughly), “The story is about a young single mother who is compelled to make her way at risk of her life to South Ossetia, where her son is, whom she had sent there on the eve of the conflict. The film can be divided into two parts that alternate one with the other: one shows how in the eyes of a young boy the South Ossetian conflict transforms into a fantastic war story with super-robots, and the second shows the reality of the war situation and the journey of the main heroine. (Сюжет рассказывает о молодой матери-одиночке, которая, рискуя жизнью, вынуждена пробираться в Южную Осетию, где оказался её 7-летний сын, которого она отправила туда накануне конфликта. Фильм можно разделить на две части, которые чередуются между собой: одна демонстрирует, как в глазах маленького мальчика южноосетинский конфликт превращается в фантастический боевик с супер-роботами, вторая показывает реальность военной обстановки и путешествие главной героини.)

    In this case, the SF would not be treated as reality but rather as illusion. The special effects may be good anyway, of course.

    The wikipedia article also states, “This is the third film ever on this theme. As opposed to the preceding _Olympus-Inferno_ and _5 Days in August_, this film is not advertised officially as “The Struggle for Truth,” although it also was sponsored by the government.” (Это третий в мире художественный фильм на эту тему. В отличие от предыдущих «Олимпиус инферно» и «5 дней в августе» этот фильм официально не рекламировался, как «Борьба за правду», хотя и тоже был проспонсирован государством.) “Sponsored” probably means “subsidized,” here, although it’s a new word for me, so I am not sure.

    As the film comes out next week in Russia, I suspect there’s a great deal of discussion on Internet already. And it will be interesting to see how people react to it.

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