There's very little to say about "The Road Movie." That's because there's very little to "The Road Movie."
Directed — in the loosest sense of the word — by Dmitrii Kalashnikov, the documentary is made entirely of Russian dash-cam footage. (An often-corrupt police force and a legal system that puts little faith in eyewitness testimony when it comes to auto accidents mean that nearly everyone there has a camera.) In other words, it's a movie about people driving around. Sometimes things happen to them. Some of those things are exciting: a comet streaking through the sky in 2013; a road rager coming after a driver with a ball-peen hammer; a decidedly not-sober man leaping onto the roof of a car as the panicked driver continues to hurtle down the street. There are lots of accidents and near-misses. Sometimes things explode. Once, two guys discuss goods and services with a prostitute.
There are amusing moments, usually thanks to often-deadpan drivers: "Oh, there is a duck," a man says after a mallard vs. windshield encounter. "We are sailing," says another to his passenger, after they have driven, apparently unharmed, into a river. "That's what I need," another driver sighs in exasperation. Is someone blocking the box? Nope: Bear in the road.
"The Road Movie" isn't all street-level excitement, though. At one point, we get to see and hear two young women attempt to figure out how to install an already-recording camera. That's pretty exhilarating.
It's easy to compare the film to YouTube content, but that's unfair. When you watch YouTube, for example, you don't have to be wearing pants, and you can make your own popcorn. The few bursts of excitement and humor found along the way just aren't enough to make "The Road Movie" worth the trip.
Unrated. At Landmark's West End Cinema. Contains coarse language and sexual dialogue. In Russian with subtitles. 67 minutes.