Russia has been producing some good science fiction movies lately. It is interesting to watch the social dynamics of people from another country and culture in foreign movies. I saw a recent Russian sci-fi movie the other day.
Black Lightning is the story of a college student in Moscow who acquires a flying car. The student named Dima, played by Grigory Dobrygin, is from a poor family and yearns to be able to compete with a spoiled rich student for the attention of a beautiful student named Nastya played by Ekaterian Vilkova. The car was found in an abandoned underground lab by some construction workers who stole it and sold it without knowing what it could do. Dima’s father buys the car and gives it to his son for his birthday. It is a beat up cheap old Russian model made by the Volga company. Dima discovers that it can fly when he panics during a traffic accident.
There is an evil billionaire who has been searching for the power supply that is in the flying car to power his giant drill. He is drilling for diamonds under Moscow and will cause massive earthquakes and casualties if he succeeds. However, he doesn’t realize that the power supply he is looking for is in Dima’s car. Dima accepts the billionaire’s idea that being selfish is the best way to live your life and uses the flying car to make money. When Dima’s father is dies and he could have prevented it, he changes and uses his flying car to help people.
This movie is well made. Although it has the evil villain, the great threat, the special effects, etc. of a lot of Hollywood thrillers, at its heart, it is the story of a couple of young people who find love in adversity. You can get the movie on the rental market. In addition, the Russian director had been hired to make an American version. I hope it is as good as the original.