Rest assured, Sniper: The White Raven is not another entry in the endless Sniper franchise. Instead, this is a Ukrainian film that purports to be “based on a true story. ” How much of that claim is accurate doesn’t really matter. With the war between Russia and Ukraine still raging, this is about as timely as movies get, especially with recent reports of real-life snipers taking-out some of Putin’s higher-ups.
However, the film actually takes place in 2014 during the Russian occupation of Donbas. Mykola (Aldoshyn Pavlo) is a meek, eccentric college professor who lives a quiet life off-the-grid with his wife, Nastya (Maryna Koshkina). It’s a peaceful, hippy-like existence until a squad of Russian soldiers invade their isolated cottage. Suspecting Mykola of being a spy, they kill Nastya, burn down his home and leave him for dead. Left with nothing and vowing revenge, Mykola enlists in the military so he can fight back. Though the sudden change in lifestyle is difficult at first, Mykola becomes an excellent marksman - nicknamed Raven - and joins an elite group of snipers, whose job is to take-out specific targets. With his skills, he’s eventually tasked with finding and killing Russia’s most notorious sharpshooter.
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