Russian cinema, after the fall of Soviet Union, usually took rather blindingly obvious propaganda as the main theme in their movies, especially war movies. There was nostalgia for communism, there was nostalgia for the times when Russia was a superpower, there was nostalgia for the patriotic spirit in society. But since World War 2 Russians, just like Americans, did not have many chances to show their power and show that they are the good guys. Just like Vietnam War for Americans the Soviet-Afghan War was the turning point, but while in USA the political direction have changed, Soviet Union ceased to exists after the war.
Young recruits are about to join the military service leaving behind their homes and families, while they travel to Uzbekistan, where they will be training for their duty in Afghanistan. They came from different environments, but now they have to look for each other and build a trust that will increase their chances of survival in the war zone. Their officer in the boot camp is veteran Dygalo, whose scarred face is the reminder that war is not a picnic. His brutal methods of training seem unnecessary for them, but this is the way Soviet Army was preparing their soldiers for decades - through their pain they he hopes to see them return alive from the hell of Afghanistan.
Russians are not great in facing their own past, yes they love to remember the World War 2 when they beat the Nazis, but when it comes to their involvement in other conflicts or interference in other countries they usually get sudden amnesia. 9th Company was a refreshing change from that pattern - not only Fedor Bondarchuk faced the Russian demons of the war in Afghanistan, but also he managed to grasp the spirit of that time - their country was on a verge of collapse, the war was pointless and bloody, yet the young soldiers did their duty that had no real meaning any more for anybody.
War movies blog - the best war movies in history (or sometimes the worst). We search the war movies from around the world - not only classic American war movies or British war movies, but also those less known or just less interesting films from other countries. Each of them presents the different face of the war - some concetrate on soldiers and most important battles in history, but others present the suffering of the civilians and the trauma of the men involved in the fighting.
Story of the Zone