Major Grom: Plague Doctor is a 2021 Russian action film directed by Oleg Trofim, based on the comic series of the same name by Russian publisher Bubble Comics, created by Artyom Gabrelyanov.
It is the second film adapted from Bubble Comics, as well as the first feature film based on a Russian comic. Before that, the studio had released the short film Major Grom.
It stars Tikhon Zhiznevsky in the title role, alongside Lyubov Aksyonova, Aleksei Maklakov, Aleksandr Seteykin, Sergei Goroshko, and Dmitry Chebotaryov.
The film is set in St. Petersburg and tells the story of police commander Igor Grom, an honest policeman skilled with unconventional methods, who pursues a vigilante assassin in the mask of a plague doctor.
A preview of the film was first screened on September 30, 2017 at IgroMir / Comic-Con Russia 2017, after which the project faced production difficulties for some time: the team disbanded and reassembled, and the concept of the film was remade from scratch.
Three years later, a full trailer was unveiled at Comic Con Russia 2020, with a tentative release date. Major Grom: Plague Doctor had its premiere on March 25, 2021 in Saint Petersburg. The online premiere took place on May 5, 2021 on KinoPoisk HD and Netflix.
Major Grom: Plague Doctor was generally rated moderately positive by critics – the overall high quality of the work was noted, but at the same time, it was scolded for the clichéd and unoriginal plot.
Some observers have claimed that the film targets the Russian opposition with reproach and praise for the police, but not all critics agreed with this view; the authors themselves have denied these accusations in various interviews.
The film failed at the box office, grossing just 328 million rubles in the CIS, with a budget of 640 million rubles, but it proved popular on Netflix and Kinopoisk HD.