The film is set in May 2014 in the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic. The main character is trying to get his family out of the war zone. An important role in the film is played by the Wagner PMC fighters, presented as positive characters. The media reported that the production was financed by businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin, but this information was not officially confirmed. The film's producer Sergei Shcheglov at the first private screening thanked the "customer" (his name was not named) "for the idea, constant participation and sponsorship." On August 11, the premiere took place, and on August 18, "Burning sun" was shown on the Russian TV channel NTV.
Domestic propagandists received this film as expected. Thus, a reviewer of the government newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta called Solntsepёk a "heartbreaking film" showing the war "in all its ugliness, without cuts, without unnecessary sentimentality, with ruthless, simply unbearable frankness", as a reliable story about "what happened to Russians at the very borders of the Russian Federation”.
And journalist Yevgeny Poddubny noted that, despite the abundance of violent scenes and tragic endings, the film "teaches decency and responsibility, the film teaches not to betray and protect". He said that those who accuse the film of exaggerating the crimes of the Ukrainian military and nationalists are wrong: “Even some of these tragic episodes are not fully disclosed in the film. It could be worse. But the motivation to kill, the moment after which it is no longer possible to speak, is shown very well". At the same time, Poddubny noted the weakness of some dialogues, the artificiality of the slang spoken by the characters.
All this, of course, is good, but only how can one evaluate, after the release of such films, Putin's main idea that Russians and Ukrainians are one people, which he held in his recent article?
It is from this point of view that the network analyst Sergey Zolovkin assessed the picture, calling it a contribution to the "final solution of the Ukrainian question":
“Some" zapadentsy "burst into the peaceful Luhansk village. On the move, they felled a charge of buckshot of a harmless Russian peasant who was digging in the garden. They finish off with a bayonet shovel in the face. They remove the watch from the corpse. They break into the hut. The palm of the murdered man's wife is nailed to the table with a knife. Lazy, reluctant to rape. Finish off with a shot at point-blank range. The youngest scumbag grabs the baby by the leg. Smears his brains on the wall.
This is not the wet dream of a pervert and sadist. This is the opening footage of a new feature film featuring some fairly well-known actors.
At one time, Goebbels enthusiastically noted the merits of the director Harlan. Filmed anti-Semitic dregs just before the mass dispatch of Jews to the gas chambers. They say that the correct ideological mood has been given to the population.
Xenophobic filth of directors Brius and Wasserbaum - what is this for? What's this? Illustration for the leader's work "On the Historical Unity of Russians and Ukrainians"? Or is it the first step in the development of seven billion rubles? They have just been allocated from the budget of the Russian Federation "for the formation of civic identity and spiritual and moral values among young people."
In the next film show in Russia, Vladimir Ilyin, who was so decent as it seemed to me, spoiled his future obituary, adding a fair amount of garbage to the heads of the audience. And if not in cinemas, then they will be on TV screens. This is not even about the "non-human Ukrainians" who, in the course of a true horror movie, are simply outrageous atrocities.
Here about casting with an international swing.
a) The impudent and fat American general with the "Montana" patch explains to the same fat soldier from the Armed Forces of Ukraine: now the United States will definitely turn Ukraine into such a country as the Americans need. No Russians.
b) Mercenaries from Canada will carry out ethnic cleansing. And one of them is a descendant of a Nazi who burned Ukraine in 1941. "The grandfather did not have time, we will succeed," the soldier shows the photo to the accomplice. The picture shows a partisan being hanged.
c) It takes place in the womb of a military transport, where foreigners demand as much whiskey as possible. And they complain that there is no snack. “Never mind, tomorrow we'll have a snack with Russians!” One overseas man-eater encourages another.
d) Moreover, this is the most widespread "G" in Russian propaganda! Former tractor drivers and miners from among the locals are digging out an old anti-aircraft gun almost from the face and in the first turn they shoot down a huge IL-76 MD, stuffed with drunken villains. If there had been a second series, it would have come to solving the "mystery of the Malaysian Boeing".
Yes, and besides Vladimir Adolfovich, who sunk into my soul back in 1989, after the poor guy of the traffic police in "Accidents - the daughter of a cop", they fell in among the popular, but not squeamish: Alexei Kravchenko, Marina Denisova, Alexander Bukhanov, Maxim Dakhnenko... Ugh!.."