Overblown action thriller “Junk” more than lives up to its title. Feature debut for helmer Denis Neimand, whose background includes video art and docus, plays like a calling card left for Goth and heavy-metal acts hoping to make their pop-vid budgets stretch further by shooting in Russia. Alyona Babenko (“A Driver for Vera”) plays a femme reporter lost in an exceedingly rough housing development. Pic opened well in Russia March 23, but dropped off the charts soon after.
Sulky Marina (Babenko) is assigned to interview a psychotic pedophile murderer (Mikhail Yefremov) at a mental hospital, but, before she can, he escapes into a suburban warren of summer houses due for demolition and currently occupied only by low-lifes. Cop Pavel (Vyacheslav Razbegaev) shows astonishing stupidity by taking Marina with him to look for the escapee, and soon gets killed by locals. Marina then runs around frantically in an increasingly tattered miniskirt. Ensemble hams it right up, while tech departments indulge in lurid montages, a hyperbolic soundtrack, and lensing that switches filters in mid-scene, as if d.p. Michael Muckasey had only just remembered he’s supposed to be shooting a night scene.