This snapshot of 1960s and early '70s culture should appeal to Western artscasters.
Austerity is one thing in a thriller, starving the audience of suspense, character-insight and thrills quite another.
Film is cleanly shot and devoid of cheap sentimentality.
Russia's 2010 Oscar submission. is less interested in the politics of its chosen milieu than in a glowering hero's machismo.
Thriller is nothing very special or original, but it gets the job done briskly and economically.
Fans excited to see John Carpenter back in bigscreen will find limited cause for joy in "The Ward."
It's hard to imagine a film sporting such reliable talents could be completely unappealing, but pic somehow manages.
Competent but middling suspenser achieves just moderate tension when would-be killers find their plan unraveling.