Moving from the brutal Russian winter to the broiling summer steppes, “The Captain’s Daughter” helmer Alexander Proshkin trades the period epic for a contempo chase drama with cop meller “Trio.” Short on action and long on sex-charged banter among leads, pic is most appropriate for local auds, tube and homevid play.
On the bleak and brutally hot summer steppes, there’s a gang preying on lone truckers. Their method is to find out from loose-lipped drivers which rigs have electronics or other valuables, waylay them with promises of an undiscovered truck stop, then plunder and burn the rigs. It’s up to a stoic major (intense Andrei Panin), priapic opera-singing captain (burly Mikhail Porechenka) and uninhibited sergeant (loose-limbed Maria Zvonareva) to hunt down the bad guys between bouts of mostly good-natured bickering. One or two half-hearted action sequences aside, bulk of pic finds the force two steps behind the thieves, with little in the way of resolution beyond their commitment to fighting crime in the face of overwhelming odds. Tech credits are functional under arduous conditions, with crew’s gritty location work creating a vivid sense of place.