What do you get when you mix absurd humour with Tarantine’s violence?

Why not just die, the latest feature film by the Russian writer and director Kirill Sokolov. The film opens with the young man standing behind the door with a hammer in his hand. Matvey (Aleksandr Kuznetsov) keeps ringing at the door, banging on his chest and accelerating. Although the audience does not know the context behind this scene, it is easy to imagine things moving in a violent direction.

Finally the door opens and we meet Andrei (Vitaliy Khaev). He’s a great man, and Matvey’s presence bothers him. Matvey says he’s a friend of Olia (Eugenia Kregzhde), Andrej’s daughter. He reluctantly invites him; when Matvey enters Andrej’s house, he sees that his wife Tasha (Elena Shevchenko) is there too. Andrei immediately suspects Matvei’s intentions (especially if his hammer accidentally falls to the ground). After a while, when an unpleasant tension appears in the air, they start to relieve it. We found out that Olga Matvei had asked to kill her father because he had done her a great injustice.

From the moment Matthew and Andrei start fighting in eternal hell, WYD turns into total chaos. Between all the fighting and the growing drama, the film looks like a rock sliding down a hill on its way to an inevitable and gigantic catastrophe. Although in the case of WWYJD, this accident is damn interesting. What starts out as a fairy tale of revenge becomes something more.

The tension is increased by a series of funny characters. Among them are Andrey, his partner Evgeny (Mikhail Gore) and Olya, more attractive characters. However, the rest of the main gear is in the back seat. While Tasha talks here and there, she is usually shy and cool in the background; Matvey is usually there to cushion the blows.

Just like Pulp Fiction, WWYJD plays with perspective and time. Over time, the audience begins to learn more about each character. Each change of perspective reveals important details, such as Andrei’s inaccuracy as a corrupt detective and how the recent decision about his fate will affect future events. Little by little, from all angles, the audience becomes familiar with the context of the highfalutin bloodshed that is taking place.

And wow, this movie is cruel. From being thrown against the wall to being inserted into his leg with an electric drill, this guy was brutally beaten. But in most cases there is so much comic violence that many elements of the film go beyond the call of duty, and all this plays to his advantage. From cheerful music to movies and intense character interaction, WWYJD goes hand in hand. It’s wonderfully funny when increased aggression in noisy moments leads to laughter.

However, the film is in fact a serious element, which works in contrast to the comic aspect. In the director’s statement, Sokolov explains how the film is conceived as an emotional roller coaster ride that reflects life in Russia, modern relationships and social attitudes. As the emotional component of the story develops, the roller coaster vibrations begin to roll. The film succeeds in taking the viewer to stupid climbs and dark waterfalls. By clinging to concepts such as greed and despair, WWYJD carefully balances its duality: ridiculous action and heavy emotion.

Why don’t you just die! It’s a total blast, worth it if you have to hurry. From funny characters to crazy stories, the film supports an exciting flow to the end. For those viewers who appreciate the cruelty of Tarantino’s work, you’ll appreciate it. Sokolov and his actors did a good job with this film and offered us a lot of laughter and blood so that we could enjoy it.

The film will be aired from the 20th. It will be available nationwide on HD and VOD platforms in April.

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