2 Movies Like The Return (2003)

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With laws, education, and modern day systems, it seems like the modern man has some means for recourse, at least more than the average person centuries ago. However, despite this, injustices still remain. Leviathan depicts Kolya, a modern day Job, set out to keep his land from the clutches of a corrupt mayor. It’s bleak and depressing, somewhat neorealistic as Kolya goes through various hardships due to political greed, but there’s some wry sense of humor, one that bitterly points out how much hasn’t changed since biblical times. While it’s quite long, Leviathan is likely to move most viewers to tears, and maybe to shots of vodka, due to its depiction of the everyday man.

Genre: Crime, Drama

Actor: Aleksei Zharkov, Aleksey Pavlov, Aleksey Rozin, Aleksey Serebryakov, Anna Pereleshina, Anna Ukolova, Dmitriy Bykovskiy-Romashov, Elena Lyadova, Igor Savochkin, Igor Sergeev, Lesya Kudryashova, Margarita Shubina, Marianna Shults, Mariya Shekunova, Olga Lapshina, Roman Madyanov, Sergey Bachurskiy, Sergey Borisov, Sergey Murzin, Sergey Pokhodaev, Valeriy Grishko, Vladimir Vdovichenkov

Director: Andrey Zvyagintsev

Rating: R

Nominated for an Academy Award for best documentary feature. On the day before Hurricane Katrina, a young aspiring rap singer in the 9th Ward turns her new video camera on herself and her neighbors. She keeps shooting as the water rises, neighbors struggle to rescue each other, people panic and flee. Weeks later she returns to her neighborhood and records the death and decay left behind. Raw and real, worth watching.

Genre: Documentary

Actor: George W. Bush, Julie Chen, Julie Chen Moonves, Michael Brown, Ray Nagin, Shepard Smith

Director: Carl Deal, Tia Lessin.

Rating: Unrated