|Richard Brzostek - 04/07/2008
Some jobs are tough and some jobs are hell jobs. "The Depot of the Dead" (Baza Ludzi Umarlych) is a film about just such a dangerous profession. Stefan Zabawa is sent on a mission by his superiors to go to the depot in the mountains, known for being the place of the dead, to supervise the men there. At the depot live the truck drivers that bring in the much-needed timber. These men are known for being a rough bunch of bandits.
There are two elements to the suspense in this movie. The first part has to do with the nature of their job; the harsh winter conditions and driving rickety old trucks on snow-covered mountain roads makes their job a struggle to survive. The other part of the suspense has to do with the new guy sent there to watch them. Zabawa adds a lot of conflict to the group because he tries to control them. The clash between the truck drivers is only intensified because the Zabawa brought his wife with him. She is only interested in leaving the desolate base and slyly coaxes the men with her charms to take her out of there. Her advances on the men add tension and conflict between them.
The seriousness of the movie is lessened from time to time with a few funny dialogues. Part of this humor is based on the fact that these guys are not too shy to swear or be rough with each other. However, their bad reputation is not entirely deserved, as there is a lot of good in them.
As the title suggests, one facet of the film is death. I thought "The Depot of the Dead" is hard to predict. We are kept in anticipation because we are not sure where the story will go and who will die. Get ready for some action and suspense with "The Depot of the Dead."
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