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Film Review: Branded (2012)
Branded (2012). Written and directed by Jamie Bradshaw and Aleksandr Dullerayn. The film starts in 80s Russia. A young boy is waiting at night in a queue for something. While he is waiting, seemingly asleep, the stars shift into the shape of a cow and look at him. His number is called, and he runs towards the source of the queue, but is suddenly struck by lightning and he falls to the ground unconscious. A crowd gather round him, and a woman from the crowd slaps him around the face to wake him. She tells him that his life will not be ordinary. Branded is an odd tale, that mostly centres around product marketing (not that you'd guess from the opening). It has that classic hallmark of a film which has had production problems: sections of story that jump around linked by exposition. For someone who can cope with the odd pace, shifts in story, and overall peculiar story it's worth a watch (think 80s Eastern European cinema). 3/5 (Average)