The Russians are coming! At least they came, to praise AK47: Kalashnikov, the film that Capelight Pictures launches on
Digital and DVD on February 16. Says critic Denis Korsakov of Komsomolskaya Pravda: “This film is not the history of a machine gun, but the history of a man. Kalashnikov is a drama focused on an inventor: stubborn and purposeful, his desire in it often prevails over circumstances, such a person can move progress forward. … The character comes out alive and human in the whole sum of virtues and flaws. Of course, without the great acting work of Yuri Borisov, nothing would have happened. This year Borisov is one of the most notable (if not the most!) Russian actors of the last two years, and we should praise him for his diversity …”
What’s the fuss? The Eastern Front, 1941: Young tank commander Mikhail Kalashnikov is seriously wounded in battle. Unable to work and with no prospect of returning to the front, yet eager to continue to help his country, he begins developing designs for a more robust, effective and reliable assault rifle. With the help of a few train welders, Kalashnikov’s first prototype catches the interest of a high-ranking military official. This opens the first of many doors for Kalashnikov, allowing him to take part in country-wide weapons design competitions—pitting his designs and ideas against the most renowned inventors of the Soviet Union. And in his pursuit of perfection, Kalashnikov does everything he can to ensure that the world’s most advanced and reliable weapon—the AK-47—goes into production.