The app that tells you the best time to run and pee during a movie without missing the best scenes.

100% free (donation supported) iPhone | Android

Indie Movie Review – The Pilot: A Battle For Survival/Летчик (2021)

Read Time:3 Minute, 28 Second

Last week I got to review my first ever Kazakh film (Sweetie, You Won’t Believe It/Жаным, ты не поверишь!); both as a viewer and as a reviewer. I said something about previously thinking of foreign films coming from either Europe or the Far East. Getting one from somewhere in between was a bit of a novelty. Then, as we Brits like to say about buses, you wait ages for one and then two come along together.  

Which is, pretty much, how I felt when I was sent the link for The Pilot: A Battle For Survival/Летчик arrived. However, despite being geographic neighbours the two films couldn’t be much further apart with respect to subject matter. Whereas one film was a knockabout horror/comedy the other is an action/thriller set during the Great Patriotic War…trust me, there aren’t many laughs in The Pilot: A Battle For Survival/Летчик. 

——Content continues below——

The World’s Most Indispensable Movie App

The RunPee app tells you the best times to
run & pee during a movie
so you don't miss the best scenes.

As seen on

Download the RunPee app.
100% free (donation supported)

Get the RunPee app at the Google Play Store       Get the RunPee app at the Google Play Store

Read more about the RunPee app.

But there are action, thrills, and times of reflection. We start in Moscow in November 1941. We’re introduced to Nikolai Komlev (Pyotr Fyodorov) who, while just going about his business, comes to the assistance of Olga (Anna Peskova). Next scene, it’s December and he’s flying his Ilyushin IL-2 over the outskirts of Moscow looking for columns of advancing German troops. Sure enough, he and his comrades find a column of tanks and swoop in to spoil their day.

A Bad Peace Is Better Than A Good Quarrel

This action isn’t one sided though. Komlev and his colleagues are all shot down but he is the only survivor. Unfortunately for Komlev, though, surviving a crash landing is only the start of the story. He’s far from his own lines, encircled by detachments of Nazi soldiers,  without rations or medical supplies, and surrounded by packs of wolves. Even more unfortunately his troubles don’t stop there. 

Remember earlier? I said it was December 1941. This was a period of lower than average temperatures which ultimately led to Hitler facing the same problems that Napoleonhad back in 1812…extreme cold. How cold? Temperatures plunged to -40˚C. To save you working it out, that is the same in old money…-40˚F. So Komlev had to face extreme cold, hunger, injury, wild animals, and enemy troops.

He made it back though. However, to quote the publicity material, the biggest battle of his life is yet to come. I won’t say exactly what that battle is, due to spoilers. But, if you’re really desperate to know I’ll just say that The Pilot: A Battle For Survival/Летчик is based on the true story of Aleksey Maresyev (Алексей Маресьев) and is dedicated to him and eight other airmen who were awarded the title Hero Of The Soviet Union.

Eternal Peace Lasts Until The Next War

Now I think I said elsewhere that I usually take a look at other reviews after I’ve formulated my opinions and this time is no different. However, I was surprised that a lot of the reviews were exceptionally negative. I honestly think that those negative reviews were written by people who hadn’t watched The Pilot: A Battle For Survival/Летчик! I think they must have seen a Russian film set during the war and assumed it would be a grim tale of Socialist supremacy and full of propaganda.

In fact, The Pilot: A Battle For Survival/Летчик is an adrenalin fuelled adventure. There are bad guys who might not be of quite the same calibre as Christoph Waltz’s Col. Hans Landa but they definitely struck the same chord. The action set pieces were well done and exciting. The visual effects were seamless and the acting was marvellous. Hats off to director Renat Davletyarov and writers Sergey Ashkenazi, Renat Davletyarov, and Alexey Timoshkin.

What people are saying
about the RunPee app.

Korpo53, 06/07/2022

Must have app if you love the movies

If you’re like me and enjoy a 92oz soda as part of the movie experience, you’ll be thankful for this app telling you the best times to go for a quick break. Whether that’s to refill your soda or recycle it.

Possibly an even better feature is the info on if the movie has after credits scenes. There’s nothing worse than sitting there reading about who the key grip was, then finding out that’s all you did. I blame Marvel for the stupid trend.

Seriously, I see a dozen movies a month and use this app every single time. Worth every Penny of the infinity coin thing I bought.

Developers note: the RunPee app is now, and always will be, 100% free. Donations are optional.

View all reviews: Apple App Store | Google Play Store

Get the RunPee app at the Google Play Store     Get the RunPee app at the Google Play Store

In short, if you get the chance, give The Pilot: A Battle For Survival/Летчик a look.

Movie Grade: B+

Indie Movie Review – Sweetie, You Won’t Believe It/Жаным, ты не поверишь! (2020)

Indie Movie Review – Undergods

Indie Movie Review – Army Of One

Don’t miss your favorite movie moments because you have to pee or need a snack. Use the RunPee app (Androidor iPhone) when you go to the movies. We have Peetimes for all wide release films every week, including IF, Fall Guy, Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes and coming soon Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga and many others. We have literally thousands of Peetimes—from classic movies through today’s blockbusters. You can also keep up with movie news and reviews on our blog, or by following us on Twitter @RunPee. If there’s a new film out there, we’ve got your bladder covered.

Check out our best-selling RunPee Merch