Shades of early Tarantino, Edgar Wright and Sam Raimi abound in this violent, stylish and riotously entertaining slice of family life, Moscow style, described as "a splatterpunk action comedy drenched in gleefully dark Russian humor" (The Hollywood Reporter) and "an amazing first feature from a filmmaker to watch" (Screen Anarchy). Matvey (Aleksandr Kuznetsov) has just one objective: to gain entry to his girlfriend's parents' apartment and kill her father Andrey (Vitaliy Khaev) with a hammer to restore her honor. But all is not as it initially seems, and Matvey's attempts to bludgeon the family patriarch to death don't quite go to plan as Andrey proves a more formidable - not to mention ruthless - opponent than he anticipated... and Matvey, for his part, proves stubbornly unwilling to die. Making his feature debut, writer/director Kirill Sokolov presents a rousing tale of family, modern relationships and the dark places they can take you to when things turn sour. Featuring a soundtrack that veers between Ennio Morricone-esque western riffs and toe-tappingly catchy pop numbers, Why Don't You Just Die! delivers laughs, shocking twists and copious quantities of blood and gore, and establishes Sokolov as one of cinema's brightest rising stars.
Stunning 1080p transfer
Amazing special features
The audio goes kinda thin during dialogue heavy scenes
Single location can't hold focus throughout film.
Video - 8.8
Audio - 8.1
Movie - 7.6
Special Features - 9
Why Don’t You Just Die proves that modern Russian cinema can still get it. When I first started doing online reviews, FOX and others were sending out stuff like Nightwatch for us to cover. I’m not even sure if the unmolested review of that exists on our server, but I think it’s in the old site build several Marks ago. But, the point is things have changed.
Arrow Films brings us Why Don’t You Just Die as the first Russian cult movie that actually delivers. This nifty dark comedy about bad people exploiting each other is fascinating. But, we’ve seen this movie before. We just haven’t seen it with the brutal honesty of a dumb schlub trying to rise about his station and failing so miserably.
Vitaliy Khaev is great in the role of the corrupt detective father. But, he’s feeding off everyone else in the movie. The Blu-ray comes with special features ranging from a deep critical appreciation to short films and new interviews. I’d recommend a purchase.
Why Don’t You Just Die is available now from Arrow