"Even criminals have their own code of ethics and sometimes it's stronger than the law"
When we found this little nugget tucked away in Netflix, the first thing that obviously grabbed our attention was John Malkovich. John's one of those actors that gives you the performances you don't expect. If it had been Mark Wahlberg or even Gerald Butler, you'd have an idea of what kind of movie you were going to see, but not with John.
If your as curious about this film as we were before watching you'll want to read this review. We talk about the film's plot, as well as, explore the meaning of Deadly Code. Ready? Let's go..
So What's The Story?
To begin, Deadly Code isn't a film about violence and mayhem, it's more about relationships and honoring the code. A criminal code to be exact, but at least we have Malkovich a.ka. Grandfather Kuzja to lay the foundation.
The film begins by telling of a time in Russia when the criminal element was so severe that the government had to take rash action. Basically what they did was deport them all to some desolate location and tell them to fend for themselves. What they didn't plan on was that the unleashed criminals would establish order within a twisted hierarchy that would place Grandfather Kuzja at the head of the Siberian table.
From his seated position, Kuzja would instruct and teach order to his clansmen, but it's his grandson, Kolyma that we see reap the biggest rewards. Kolyma(Fedaravicius), a diligent student, abides by his grandfather's every word, but as he gets older finds it's harder to do.
You see Kolyma's friends don't live under the same roof nor have the same quality time with Kuzja. They grab bits and pieces of insight from their fathers or lack thereof, but mainly their teachings come from spending time with Kolyma. Gagarin however, is one that hears his own drum. Gagarin(Tumalavicius) is a friend of Kolyma that embraces his criminal mind and feels deep within his heart that his existence is pointless.
This awakening in Gagarin creates a thick barrier between he and Kolyma that tests the might of the criminal code and their childhood friendship.
What Is The Deadly Code?
More or less, it's a system of beliefs and principles to keep the criminals in line as they live confined to an area. For example, it's almost a cardinal sin to keep money in the house, but it's completely okay to steal from the rich. Now who better than John Malkovich to lay out that red carpet..lol
All jokes aside, the code is what gives us insight into Kolyma's logic which sets him on a course much different from Gagarin. There are also a few pivotal moments in the film when the code truly tests Kolyma's and Kuzja's patience, but at the same time it's what makes their relationship so strong. In short, the Deadly Code is an unwritten law that brings law to the lawless.
After Watching Deadly Code...
We were left with a sense of fulfillment, we felt that the film told a solid story, even though the action was mostly in the dialogue. "Deadly Code" isn't a movie you watch if you want to be blown out of your shoes, it's a film to watch when you want a slow burn that churns out an interesting ending. You can find it on Netflix now... and that's that on that ^_^
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