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Konets Vechnosti

Konets Vechnosti (1987) Movie Poster
Soviet Union  •    •  137m  •    •  Directed by: Andrei Yermash.  •  Starring: Oleg Vavilov, Vera Sotnikova, Georgi Zhzhyonov, Sergey Yurskiy, Gediminas Girdvainis, Boris Ivanov, Boris Klyuev, Mikk Mikiver, Evgeniy Markov.  •  Music by: Eduard Artemev.
     The Eternity is a strange institution that exists outside of Time, it examines and analyzes the different possible Realities and it makes the necessary changes to avoid conflicts and catastrophes within the timeline of humanity.

Review:

Image from: Konets Vechnosti (1987)
Image from: Konets Vechnosti (1987)
Image from: Konets Vechnosti (1987)
Image from: Konets Vechnosti (1987)
Image from: Konets Vechnosti (1987)
Image from: Konets Vechnosti (1987)
Image from: Konets Vechnosti (1987)
The Eternals are a group of humans, existing in a different temporal plane, free to travel through space and time, who guide and manipulate Earth's history. One day, Andrew Harlan, a technician for the Eternals, falls in love with a woman from the 48th century. When it transpires that the Eternals want to change history and, in so doing, erase her from existence, Harlan revolts.

Based on a novel by Isaac Asimov, The End of Eternity is a cerebral and philosophical sci-fi movie from the waning days of the Soviet Union.

The directing is very static and staid (you get the feeling Yermash was going for a Tarkovsky vibe, but lacks the genius), however the story is good enough, with plenty of twists, turns and surprises, to keep you interested for its 135 minute run-time. It also features some wild, funky set design. There is an incongruous, tacked-on ending, different from the novel, that's meant to give the story an anti-capitalist subtext, but it's hard to look at the Eternals, a bunch of stuffy bureaucrats in a rigidly hierarchical system, obsessed with social engineering and the betterment of mankind, regardless of the wishes of mankind itself, and not see them as a critique on communism.


Review by Friend_of_Milhouse from the Internet Movie Database.