The Inhabited Island. Skirmish
The Inhabited Island. Skirmish



The Inhabited Island. Skirmish

Year 2157. Maxim grew up on planet Earth, in a world where humankind has conquered disease and hunger, where there are no wars and terrorism, and where scientists have enhanced the abilities of the human body. Maxim has dedicated his life to "free search" in outer space. After his spacecraft crashes, he finds himself on Saraksh, an inhabited planet, without any hope of going back home. Here, he makes friends with a guardsman named Guy, and falls in love with his sister Rada. An awkward, wide-eyed outsider, Maxim sets out to explore this new world, which has become his home. The discovery he makes sends a chill of dread down his spine. It turns out that the country where Maxim has landed lies within a web-like system of mind control towers. The towers emit an invisible radiation, which brainwashes the citizens, forcing them to believe whatever they are told. Only a small group of people, the so-called "degenerates", or "degens", is able to resist. But whenever the towers emit the maximal dose of radiation, the degens have to suffer through onsets of agonizing pain. The society is ruled by the Unknown Fathers. All of them are degens. For them, the tower system is a means of controlling the masses. And the source of their suffering. Maxim is the only one who is not affected by the radiation in any way. He becomes the target of a real manhunt, lead by two people: Smart, the State Prosecutor; and Wanderer, a mysterious stranger who appears to be close to the Fathers. In order to save himself, his friend, and his beloved, Maxim decides to sabotage the tower system. Stealing a tank, he plows his way through military cordons, and begins his search for allies beyond the boundaries of the known world, among the mutants and the enemies. Maxim is a force to be reckoned with. Who will take his side – the mutants? The barbarian tribes from the desert? The crews of the White Submarines, sent by the Island Empire? Wanderer knows perfectly well how dangerous Maxim is, and he is set on stopping him, whatever it takes. Soon, they will clash in a final battle.


Vasily Stepanov
… Maxim Kammerer
Fedor Bondarchuk
… The Prosecutor
Gosha Kutsenko
… Boar
Aleksey Serebryakov
… Wanderer
Pyotr Fedorov
…. Guy
Yuliya Snigir
… Rada Gaal
Genre science fiction
Country Russia, 2009
Duration 104 min.
Director Fedor Bondarchuk
Script Eduard Volodarsky, Marina and Sergey Dyachenko (based on a novel by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky)
Camera operator Maxim Osadchy
Music Yury Poteyenko
Producers Aleksandr Rodnyansky, Sergey Melkumov, Dmitry Rudovsky