Milena Botova
March 04, 2009 at 05:00 AM EST

12

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
159 minutes
Limited Release Date
03/04/09
performer
Sergei Makovetsky, Aleksei Petrenko, Sergey Garmash, Yuriy Stoyanov
director
Nikita Mikhalkov
distributor
Sony Pictures Classics
author
Vladimir Moiseyenko, Nikita Mikhalkov, Aleksandr Novototsky
genre
Drama, Mystery and Thriller
We gave it a C

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

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