Navalny

2022

Action / Biography / Documentary

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Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 97% · 103 reviews
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 89% · 250 ratings
IMDb Rating 7.7/10 10 29982 30K

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1 hr 38 min
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Reviewed by classicsoncall 8 / 10

"I feel like a citizen of Russia who has every right to go back home."

Is there a braver guy than Alexei Navalny? I'm certain he wasn't oblivious to the dangers he faced by returning to Russia, so putting himself in harm's way was a courageous thing to do. Aside from the attempted poisoning of this opposition leader with the nerve agent Novichok, perhaps the most fascinating sequence in the story involves Navalny personally contacting Russian operatives who had a hand in seeing him dead. The admission by Kurdyatsev via phone was chilling in its detail and a confession that the world ought to embrace to condemn Russian President Vladimir Putin. The sight of citizens and journalists at the Moscow airport being arrested because of their support for Navalny tells you all you need to know about how dictatorships operate and how they squelch opposition. Upon last count, according to articles I've read, at least thirty-nine influential Russian politicians, writers and critics of the Russian President have gone missing or dead, many by 'suicide' or by falling out of windows of high rises. More high profile than most, Alexei Navalny currently resides in prison on a twenty-year sentence. No telling what may happen over the next twenty years.

Addendum posted 2-20-2024 **** Perhaps inevitable, Russian opposition activist and political prisoner Alexei Navalny died while serving a 20 year sentence on February 16, 2023.

Reviewed by chucksteel 10 / 10

Fascinating documentary that exposes the truth about Russia

I'm writing this review on 2/16/2024. Alexei Navalny is reported to have died today while imprisoned by the Russian authorities in Siberia. President Biden alleged in a press conference that Putin is responsible for the death of Navalny.

Having seen this fascinating, eye-opening documentary last year (2023) I have no doubt what Biden alleged is true. This is an amazing and terrifying depiction of an assassination attempt on Navalny in 2020, followed by his own investigation in to who carried it out, exposing them for who they are, and ultimately exposing the actual nature of the corrupt Putin regime. This erased any remaining doubts I may have had about what Russia is capable of.

This is one of the all time great documentaries. If you want to understand what is behind a lot of what is wrong with our world today, and how Russia and Putin are behind so much of it, you should take a look at this.

Reviewed by Jeremy_Urquhart 7 / 10

Very good story, though the filmmaking can't quite match it.

I'll admit, Navalny wasn't really on my radar until it won Best Documentary at the most recent Oscars. While I don't think it was necessarily better than Fire of Love - one of the other nominees - I understand why it won, and still think it was overall a pretty good documentary.

It is a timely documentary. It's about a story that's still going, in a way, following someone who's gotten on the wrong side of some very powerful people - including Putin itself, it seems - in Russia. Given everything that happened concerning Russia in 2022, it's no wonder that something like this has been successful and acclaimed, and perhaps seen as even more relevant and important.

The story is overall interesting, and I think that as far as the filmmaking side of things is concerned, Navalny is competent, but not exceptional. There are some great sequences that are well-constructed, but other times it does feel a little uneven and kind of by the numbers. Again, it's not like that all the time, thankfully, but it's certainly not flawless when it comes to pacing and the technical side of things, and certain sections of the film prove more moving and intense than others.

It'll likely serve as a good snapshot of the state of things in Russia during the late 2010s/early 2020s in future years, and I'm not sure whether that will make it more or less interesting to viewers in the future. It could be historically fascinating, or it could just seem heavily of its time in a less compelling way. Time always tells; it just ironically likes to take its time sometimes.

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