Russian Inhabited Island trailer online
The subtitled trailer for the Russian science fiction film Inhabited Island (Obitaemyy ostrov) has arrived online, finally. It was earlier in the year that I first saw the trailer (which I thought I had posted but obviously haven't) but without subtitles it was a string of shots and special effects which looked really strong but had no sense of story.
Now though the subtitled trailer has arrived, and while it seems just as complicated to understand, it does make a little more sense. Let me give you the blurb as well which might help things along.
Fyodor Bondarchuk previously made the hugely successful Russian film 9-ya rota (9th Company), and now he's adapted the novel by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky called Prisoners of Power also known as The Inhabited Island.
A quick overview of the plot from Wikipedia article tells us that the story is based in the 22nd Century with man having achieved interstellar travel. The society is pretty much stable without a need for anything, and are focused on scientific research and space exploration. One of the more controversial projects has created a group of people whose role it is to embed in less developed humanoid civilisations and help encourage rapid development, these people are called the Progressors. They do this by protecting scholars and scientists, overthrowing governments, etc.
The blurb through Quiet Earth, who have this new trailer, goes like this:
The year 2157. The blossom times for the human civilization. Pilots of the Freelance Search Group enjoy interstellar traveling. A Russian spacecraft, piloted by a 22 year old Maxim Kammerer, crashes on the distant inhabited Saraksh planet. After long years of a nuclear war, an environmental crisis reigns over the planet, the society is overburdened with social problems, and the established peace is quite shaky. The brave astronaut will explore a mysterious land governed by the Unknown Fathers who are five anonymous rulers manipulating the inhabitants consciousness using special emitters. There Maxim will meet new friends, make enemies, find his love and, after getting through dangerous trials, hunger, mortal hazards and losses, will lead a rebel movement challenging the five greedy rulers.
It sounds rather epic and looks like it too, although some of the effects do look a little too CGI, such as the tanks. However the film is expected to go down rather well and is apparently heading for DVD. Have a look at the trailer.