Western tape about the Soviet officer? Well, what can they show us about our officer? ..
Bearing in mind how, in principle, our (Soviet / Russian) military personnel are shown by Western filmmakers, something was predicted from the series “Half-Inadequate Throwing a Valenok on the Remote” - as a mixture of Western disregard with internal (not always analyzable) self-irony.
The initial shots of the film Peter Anthony and Jakob Starberg began to confirm the conjecture that the film is from a series of propaganda Russophobic shit: bottles of alcohol scattered around the house of a retired officer, dirt, a tape with sticky flies, a dull view from an unwashed window. I wanted to go out already in order not to become a witness to another anti-Soviet / anti-Russian order with a claim to documentary.
But it did not come out ... And did not regret it. Frankly did not regret.
Now I re-read what was written, and decided that it looks as if these same Anthony and Starberg had sponsored the Military Review in order that we should promote them to the film. He grinned ... If someone thinks that this is the case, then this is, of course, his own business, but it will only be in the extreme to make a mistake. In fact - the material is absolutely personal author's assessment of what had to be seen on the screen. Evaluation audience, not imposed on anyone.
And on the screen I saw what, perhaps, I had never seen before from Western filmmakers: the Soviet officer was shown not as the fruit of the sick fantasy of his service from the next liberal screenwriter, but, first, as a person who has both a soul and own opinion, secondly, from the first person.
We are talking about a person about whom, frankly, not much is known in our country. He did not fly into space, did not command the front, was not a "permanent military expert" on TV. He was and always was a Soviet officer, Stanislav Petrov, who 35 years ago - the September night 1983 of the year - really saved humanity from an inevitable nuclear catastrophe. Without pathos! Saved humanity with its difficult individual decision.
The idea of Danish filmmakers, by and large, is clear: to show the Soviet officer, who ventured to go against the system, ignoring the instructions, and the Soviet system, in fact, did not forgive him because his decision hit the bosses with “big stars” and jackets with access to long black limousines and even longer dark corridors with carpets. To be honest, this is “traced” in the film. But still, even if such a goal was pursued by the creators of the film “The Man Who Saved the World”, then ultimately it did not become the main one.
The main thing was what was told about man as the crown of the creation of nature - with all its flaws and virtues. And the main thing in this case is the presence of non-obscure paper prescriptions, often born of bureaucrats, intelligence, intelligence. - A person who, even in the most difficult conditions, is able not to look for a way to curry favor by hiding behind someone’s back, and who is ready to take responsibility. And he took responsibility. He took it because he was a real officer - a), a real person - b) and was not, as they say now, a “divan warrior” - c).
This, sitting on a couch, you can easily argue that "we just press a button to show the strength and power." But in fact, the strength and power is not just with poking hands on all the buttons that come to hand, but to make the only right decision, behind which millions of human lives can stand.
It makes no sense to retell the entire movie. Who is interested - he will look.
It is based on real events - the very same ones, when 26 of September 1983 of the year, Lieutenant Colonel of the Air Defense Forces Stanislav Petrov assumed the post of operational duty officer at the command post of Serpukhov-15. It was on that night that the previously adopted (in many ways crude) USO-OS Oko early warning system issued a launch signal from the continental position in the USA of five ICBMs LGM-30 Minuteman. The interval for receiving signals was a few minutes. According to the instructions, Lieutenant Colonel Petrov, after the first actuation of the system, must take action - to inform the command of the need for retaliatory action. However, Stanislav Petrov, after the first activation of the “Eye” system, which, apparently, took the “play of light” (reflection of sunlight from clouds located at high altitudes) for launching an ICBM, reported “false alarm”.
Many colleagues of Lt. Col. Petrov frankly perplexed about his decision. In the meantime, a visual observation team was trying to track the rocket route on screens that received information from satellites. No visual evidence of the launch of intercontinental ballistic missiles from the United States was received, but the computer persistently signaled a missile attack on the USSR.
The decision to retaliate was not taken, which made the situation at the command post prohibitively nervous. When the first pseudoracket "entered" in the detection zone of the Soviet radar, information about a false alarm was confirmed - there were no launches. It was the early detection system that played a cruel joke, which, if Lieutenant-Colonel Petrov made a decision on the instructions, could, without exaggeration, bury humanity.
This is both a measure of responsibility and the role of an individual in stories civilization. Yes - many instructions are written in blood, but there are also those who unequivocally say that people should place too high hopes on the created “iron” in order to entertain their self-esteem and admire how a person “easily conquers nature”. Thank God, nature picks up such people who are ready to prove that not every directive should be blindly trusted, as it was then - on an autumn night of 1983, when the planet had only one chance. This chance had its name - Stanislav Petrov, lieutenant colonel of the Armed Forces of the Soviet Union.