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Burnt by the Sun 2 (2010)

Utomlennye solntsem 2 (original title)
A look at the horrors of the Eastern Front of World War II from the points of view of repressed soldier of penal battalion and his young daughter, who stayed behind enemy lines.

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Nikita Mikhalkov
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nikita Mikhalkov ... Kotov
Oleg Menshikov ... Mitya
Nadezhda Mikhalkova ... Nadya
Sergey Makovetskiy ... Lunin
Dmitriy Dyuzhev ... Vanya
Artur Smolyaninov Artur Smolyaninov ... Yurka
Andrey Merzlikin ... Mayor-tankist Nikolay
Maksim Sukhanov ... Stalin
Evgeniy Stychkin ... Starley-saper
Evgeniy Mironov ... Izyumov
Andrey Panin ... Kravets
Sergey Garmash ... Beznogiy serzhant na barzhe
Viktoriya Tolstoganova ... Marusya
Artyom Mikhalkov Artyom Mikhalkov ... Sazonov
Valeriy Zolotukhin ... Pendyurin
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Epic film about WWII, a sequel to Burnt by the Sun (1994). Evil Stalin is terrorizing people of Russia while the Nazis are advancing. Russian officer Kotov, who miraculously survived the death sentence in Stalin's Purge, is now fighting in the front lines. His daughter, Nadia, who survived a rape attempt by Nazi soldiers, is now a nurse risking her own life to save others. In the war-torn nation even former enemies are fighting together to defend their land. People stand up united for the sake of victory. The deadly war comes at very high cost: the Nazis are killing people, burning villages, raping women, bombing churches, destroying bridges. Hoping to survive, Kotov and his daughter are having visions of each other, but their dreams fade amidst massive bombardment. Fire and smoke eclipses the sun. The land around becomes lifeless, defenseless and littered with the dead. Then the dead are covered by snow. Life is over. Only a butterfly is flying above the weapons and corpses, alluding... Written by Steve Shelokhonov

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German leader Angela Merkel saw the movie in Russia during the 2010 St. Petersburg business forum and had a special meeting with director Nikita Mikhalkov See more »

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Still a Watchable War Drama
28 May 2012 | by ronchowSee all my reviews

Granted, Burnt By the Sun 2 is not as good as the original, but as an anti-war film it is still watchable. I think rating it one star out of ten is excessively and unjustifiably harsh on the film and director Mikhalkov.

I have no way of gauging the historic accuracy of the film, so I will avoid looking at it from that angle. As a war film, expensively done - some scenes of destruction are stunning - and at 3 hours, I enjoyed watching it. The jumping back-and-forth within a period of 3-4 years was not done properly, nor was it necessary in my opinion. This makes the story a bit hard to follow for viewers like me. The blood and gore in battle scenes did not turn me off, and it did to some, and I have no issue of Mikhalkov taking an extra step in depicting the horror of war and the physical damage done to human bodies. War had never been pleasant.

Keep and open mind and watch this film. Brush aside its shortcomings. One can still find a decent film in BYTS2.


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Country:

Russia

Language:

Russian | German

Release Date:

22 April 2010 (Russia) See more »

Also Known As:

Burnt by the Sun 2 See more »

Filming Locations:

Azov Sea, Russia See more »

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Budget:

$45,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,266,778
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2.35 : 1
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