The prevalence of dashboard cameras in Russia takes centre stage in Dmitrii Kalashnikov’s The Road Movie, an assemblage of footage culled from near misses, natural disasters (including a trip through a harrowing forest fire), road rage flare ups, tragic accidents, and just all around unusual incidents that would be hard to make up. No overarching concept here and only a few scant nods to the current state of Russian affairs. It’s more or less what you’d expect from such a premise; a bunch of footage where some of it s funny, some of it is scary, and some of it is just outright bewildering.
It’s debatable if one could even call The Road Movie a film, and although Kalashnikov probably spent a great deal of time culling such raw footage for the best bits, it’s still not that original of an idea. There are at least half a dozen television shows airing around the world with similar concepts, regardless of whether or not this one has the unifying conceit of being shot entirely from dashboard camera perspectives.
There are some good moments throughout, but I have a hard time recommending this one when you can get the same thing at home for free on television basically every hour on the hour.