Sputnik is the type of sci-fi-thriller 'first contact/alien creature' flick that I'm always down for. One of my guilty pleasure genres.
The fact that this is a Russian-made movie and not a Hollywood production was all the more intriguing. And it paid off, thanks in part to its bleak Soviet era theme, which gives us a refreshingly non-westernised version of a classified facility located in communist Russia's Kazakhstan.
The performances are great, the tone is always deadly serious, the score is delightfully ominous, and the reptilian-style creature itself is grotesquely impressive.
The story isn't likely to surprise anyone with anything fresh or new, and it suffers from some of the usual clichés that we've come to expect from this type…