What is the story about?
The story opens in Moscow, where the entire city is severely affected by a mysterious virus. Zillions are infected, and the survivors are on the run for shelter, food and fuel. Despite being in the safe zone at outskirts with a newly found love and her autistic son, Sergey drives back to Moscow to save his ex-wife and their son. Few people get along with this family and together rush towards an isolated haven located at the farthest island. But the biggest problem is these individuals, who have dislikes and hatred upon each other in one way or the other being together.
Maybe, within a few minutes from the word ‘Go’, the audiences would preferably draw conclusions labeling this film under the league of ‘Train to Busan’ or any other Zombie based flicks-series. However, the similarity ends with the infectious virus and symptoms of infected victims. The entire premise predominantly sticks around the emotional quotients among the characters. This 8-episode series doesn’t beat around the same bush of repeating the action sequences. In simple preciseness, they are limited to not more than 2 or 3 instances. The characters are substantiality crafted. They all own a conflict, which gets resolved during the journey mostly winding up with bittersweet culminations. The major strength of ‘To The Lake’ is writing, which is substantial. Director Pavel Kastomarov, who has adapted it from a novel has done an excellent job by bringing a significant tale of maladies and touches of melancholy tinted with some pleasantness too. To the Lake stands out to be an unparalleled attempt as the makers have boldly decided not indulging the viewers into those Zombies attack. Instead, they place their bet on emotional aspects that works out the best results. Possibly, the climax could have been better and ended in a way that audiences would have expected. After a couple of episodes, the raciness slightly drops down, but there is nothing to be blamed. The series isn’t entirely about ‘Thriller’ and ‘Sci-Fi’, but belongs to ‘Family and Drama’ genre too. So, once you get settled with the characters, their emotional upheavals and complications, you’ll start journeying with them.
Viktoriya Agalakova as Polina is the instant attraction grabber for the teens. Incisively, with the entire plot revolving around seriousness and emotional play, it’s Polina’s romance with the boy with autism that keeps up the fun. Maryana Spivak has exhibited her prowess as a struggling woman, who desperately wants her man back. Viktoriya Isakova as Anna, who has a hidden layer and motive comes up with a commendable work. Kirill Karo as Sergey is good too. A very written and neatly crafted characterizations make the artistes exhale life into their respective roles.
Music & Other Departments
As abovementioned, there are places where the momentum drops, and we have to watch overdose of conversational episodes. If not for the expertise of technicians, our attention would have gradually slipped and made us skip the scenes. Aleksandr Sokolov’s BGM is worthy of appreciations. His style of blending church organs and fortepianos with chords reminds us of Hans Zimmer’s panache. Cinematography is awesome. It might sound superficial, but you’ll agree with this citation once you start experiencing it yourself.
Characterizations & Performances
Music and Cinematography
The slow-paced moments
Did I enjoy it?
Yes, it is impressive.
Do I recommend it?
Sure! You'll love it for the emotional aspects and gripping narration.