A loose remake of “12 Angry Men”, “12” is set in contemporary Moscow where 12 very different men must unanimously decide the fate of a young Chechen accused of murdering his step-father, a Russian army officer. Consigned to a makeshift jury room in a school gymnasium, one by one each man takes center stage to confront, connect, and confess while the accused awaits a verdict and revisits his heartbreaking journey through war in flashbacks.
|Release Date||:||June 6, 2007|
|Production Company||:||Mosfilm, venezia 64|
|Writers||:||Nikita Mikhalkov, Aleksandr Novototsky, Vladimir Moiseyenko|
|Casts||:||Sergei Makovetsky, Nikita Mikhalkov, Sergey Garmash, Valentin Gaft, Aleksey Petrenko, Yuriy Stoyanov, Sergey Gazarov, Mikhail Efremov, Aleksey Gorbunov, Sergei Artsybashev, Viktor Verzhbitskiy, Roman Madyanov, Aleksandr Adabashyan, Apti Magamaev, Abdi Magamayev, Natalya Surkova, Konstantin Glushkov, Vladimir Nefyodov, Vyacheslav Gilinov, Lyubov Rudneva, Olga Khokhlova, Igor Vernik, Vladimir Komarov, Lasha Marykhuba, Ferit Myazitov, Abdulbasyr Gitinov, Mikael Bazorkin, Mesedo Salimova, Soslan Sanakoyev, Alan Tsopanov, Gennadi Ternovsky, Andrei Sukharev|
|Plot Keywords||:||jurors, russian, court case, war, chechnya, jury, suspense, racism|
Sure, it is difficult and will be difficult for all those who have seen Sidney Lumet's Twelve angry men to avoid recalling part of that wonderful movie where, like in this, we move between great characters and excellent actors to investigate about the meaning of personal involvement in the life of a community.
However, apart from the similar elements that we'll find, this movie achieves, as only a few films have done, to investigate the mechanisms of the current Russian society from the inside. Michalkov is greatly helped in this task not only by an excellent scenario and direction but also by a cast of actors that achieves perfection (including himself as the president of the jury).
The picture of the Russia of today is not optimistic (I would be tempted to say that rarely this has been the case in Russian history), and what appears clear is the capacity of the Russian people, that also emerge from the Russian literature and opera, to struggle and survive in the middle of chaos and brutality. If there is hope, it is in the tenacity of the individuals to be committed to fight...but when will this fight come to a (positive) end?