by Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)
Platon is a recent Russian movie about the new Russia, in which there is much
money to be made by those amoral enough to do what needs to be done. The lead
character (Platon) is a young, clean-cut pimp who takes willing, bored girls out
of the small towns of Russia and imports them to Moscow as upscale hookers. The
entrepreneur gets himself in trouble when he gets his personal life and his
business life jumbled. He puts himself in a compromising situation that allows a
rich sheik to marry Lyuba, the one girl Platon cares for. The sheik does reward
Platon handsomely, so the pimp then spends a lot of time trying to forget his
error by having sex, enjoying a massive amount of money, and staring soulfully
into the middle distance. The cures do not work, and he still wants Lyuba back,
so he approaches the sheik with a proposal ... only to find out that he is too
In other words, it seems like a semi-ambitious Italian film from the 70s,
with the usual implied message about how amoral behavior, no matter how
lucrative, always leaves the anti-hero alone and unhappy. There are no new
wrinkles other than that the Mastroianni role is now played by a present-day
Russian, and the part of Rome is played by Moscow.
Yeah, whatever. As faux-Connery would say on Celebrity Jeopardy, "I'll take
alone, unhappy, and wealthy for $1000, Alex."
If you are not familiar with our grading system, you need to
explanation, because the grading is not linear. For example, by
our definition, a
C is solid and a C+ is a VERY good movie. There are very few Bs
and As. Based on our descriptive system, this film is a:
It's a competent film, but one of
no special merit. The IMDb score is about what I guessed it
- There is some nice nudity from the woman who plays Lyuba, Yelizaveta
Lotova. She barely shows her breasts, but then (finally) there are some nice
looks at her shapely bottom.
- There are two topless party girls that Platon turns to when he's trying
to forget Lyuba.