A nano-fueled flying car to the rescue of the proletariat!
If you're curious as to what a modern Russian blockbuster with kinda-Communist themes looks like, this is your flick. On the surface, it's an urban kid turned superhero movie, but beneath the flying car and the nano-technology, it's a story of heartless capitalism and corruption vs. a return to the old ways.
Working class college student Dmitry can not seem to compete with his wealthy, BMW driving, chick-magnet classmates, especially considering the fact that he does not own a car. Taking pity on the sullen kid, his good-hearted parents scrape together enough money to buy him one...a Soviet-era Volga clunker which Dmitry is actually too ashamed to drive in front of his peers (but which I thought was pretty cool-looking - go figure). It turns out the car was salvaged from an underground lab, where it had been installed with some sort of crazy nano-fuel converter thingy...but I'll get to that later...
One day Dmitry helps a stranger on the bus, causing him to be late to an Economics lecture, where the guest speaker is the billionaire head of a mining corporation, Viktor Kupstov. Kupstov gives Dmitry a bit of advice: look out only for yourself, and you will go far in this world. He even offers to pay Dmitry a million dollars, if he promises never to help a stranger again. Dmitry refuses the money, but takes the advice to heart, in awe of the flashy man. He decides to work his way up the economic ladder by delivering flowers, which is how Kupstov got his own start.
Soon Dmitry finds that his clunker of a Volga can fly! Making him...the fastest flower delivery guy in town! Dmitry becomes so intent on making quick cash and impressing girls with his new iphone and other gadgets, that he turns into a bit of a jerk. His father, an old-fashioned, neighborly do-gooder, calls his son a "businessman," meaning it as an insult, but Dmitry shrugs it off...
When a stranger asks Dmitry to help an injured man while he's out on delivery, Dmitry tells the stranger it's not his problem...and he later discovers that the man in need was his own father. This, of course, is a turning point in the story, where Dmitry must decide whether to use his flying car for his own financial gain, or for the good of the community (aka the proletariat).
A reasonably entertaining family film as well as a message movie, this is a must-see for anyone interested in contemporary Russian culture, especially in the clash between the old and the new.