By: Steve Dellar | 11-02-2018 | News
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Kremlin Blocks Movie Showing US Navy Seals Rescue Russian President (Video)

Just hours before he was due to be premiered in Russia and Ukraine, the new Gerard Butler movie ‘Hunter Killer’ had the questionable honour of becoming the second foreign film that the Kremlin deemed risky enough to forbid.

Earlier this year, the Russian government had said that ‘historic inaccurateness’ persuaded them to forbid the movie ‘The Death of Stalin.’

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Russia blocks the release of Gerard Butler&#39;s &#39;Hunter Killer&#39; film because it shows Kremlin leader being deposed and kidnapped <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Daily Mail Online (@MailOnline) <a href="">November 1, 2018</a></blockquote>

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That film was a comedy about the power vacuum left after the Russian dictator’s death featuring Steve Buscemi (amongst others). The Kremlin described the hilarious comedy as extremist, mendacious, and insulting to the Russian nation and its history. That decision provoked international ridicule and heated debates on Russian social media about the youth’s limited freedom of expression.

This time round it did the same with ‘Hunter Killer,’ saying that the copy it had received was ‘of an insufficient quality.’

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Of course, given that the film tells the story of an American submarine captain teaming up with US Navy Seals in order to rescue the Russian president from an attempted coup, bloggers in the country claim that it may have been banned due to its content.

Even though the new movie didn’t perform all that well in the US over the weekend (it only made $6.6 million), it was expected to haul in millions overseas, and certainly in Eastern Europe and Russia.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">‘Hunter Killer’ killed in Ukraine for glorifying Russia but may not make it to Moscow screens either <a href=""></a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; SuriNieuws (@surinieuws) <a href="">November 1, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Russian politician and opposition leader Mr Dmitry Gudkov said on social media that he had seen the trailer for the currently “forbidden” film and called it an “American Patriotic Comedy.”

Mr Gudkov slammed both the plot and content of the flick, saying that the mere suggestion that someone from the Kremlin cabinet would one day turn against President Vladimir Putin would never happen.

The US Production company’s official partner in Russia, Megogo Distribution, said in a statement "we still do not have any response from the Russian Culture Ministry" about the screening license.


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Trump Russia B.S. No. 41036 2018-11-02 : 08:31

This movie was made to be anti-Russia because you know Trump Russia B.S.

Anonymous No. 41039 2018-11-02 : 09:35

I want to see this movie, but from what little I know they save the Russian president? What is so wrong with that? Putin too much of a tough guy to stand a story where he needs rescuing I guess

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