From Oscar and Emmy award winning filmmakers, Red Army highlights the Soviet Union's legendary and enigmatic hockey training culture and world-dominating team through the eyes of the team's Captain Slava Fetisov, following his shift from hockey star and celebrated national hero to political enemy. The film turns a unique lens on the social and cultural transformation of the Soviet Union leading up to the fall of Communism, mirroring the rise and fall of the Red Army team. A film by Gabe Polsky and Executive Producers Werner Herzog and Jerry Weintraub.
If we put together the rise and fall of the Soviet Communist Regime and the history of the Russian national hockey team, we obtain Red Army, one of the best documentaries of recent years. The history of the fall of the Soviet Union is explained through the eyes of Viacheslav Alexandrovich “Slava” Fetisov, the captain of the team, and the plot of the documentary plays with the parallelism between the team and the regime itself: golden age, decline and infighting.
Slava goes from being an adored communist hero, the captain of the best hockey team of the history during the Cold War, to having to escape to the United States to be able to keep playing. After the Perestroika, the inner struggle was such that he was banned to play in his own country, being considered a “political enemy”. However, his end doesn’t finish here, as many years later he goes back to his homeland, now known as Russia, a totally new land for him. In Red Army (which, indeed, has the guarantee of Werner Herzog being the co-producer) the Cold War puts a pair of ice skates on and plays hard both on the ice and the spectator’s mind.