It’s fascinating, in theory, to take the premise of 12 Angry Men— a lone juror believes a murder ? defendant is innocent, then tries to sway his fellow jurors — and transplant it to Moscow. Yet ?Nikita Mikhalkov’s movie 12, an Oscar nominee last year, has none of the crisp passion or suspense of the 1957 Sidney Lumet version; it’s bloated, heavy-handed, and lugubrious. Each juror, with a misery so blustery it becomes deadeningly repetitious, acts out his own nationalistic struggle as they all weigh the fate of a young Chechen accused of killing his adoptive Russian father. C
Genre: Drama, Mystery and Thriller; Starring: Sergei Makovetsky, Aleksei Petrenko, Sergey Garmash, Yuriy Stoyanov; Director: Nikita Mikhalkov; Author: Vladimir Moiseyenko, Nikita Mikhalkov, Aleksandr Novototsky; Runtime (in minutes): 159; MPAA Rating: PG-13; Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
Posted March 4 2009 — 12:00 AM EST
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