DIRECTOR: matthew ross (frank and lola)
STARRING: keanu reeves, Ana Ularu, Pasha D. Lychnikoff, and Molly Ringwald
REVIEWER: lyall carter
An American diamond merchant and his lover get caught in the crossfire when a business deal goes wrong in Russia.
When Keanu Reeves dons a suit you know its business time. By business time I mean foot to the floor action that doesn't relent but is a great night out. Siberia on the other hand is not a very good time business or otherwise.
An American diamond merchant travels to Russia to sell rare blue diamonds of questionable origin. As the deal begins to collapse he falls into an obsessive relationship with a Russian cafe owner in a small Siberian town. As their passion builds, so does the treacherous world of the diamond trade from which he is unable to extricate himself. Both collide as the American man desperately looks for escape in a world with no exit.
Unfortunately Siberia isn't much to write home about. The story is way too flabby; filled with too much cluttered exposition which isn't particularly thrilling or action packed. It also seems a tad confused with whether its a romance, a thriller, or an action film.
Reeves attempts valiantly to make something of Siberia, but unfortunately is let down by a script and a film that needed a little more time in development.
As cold and uninviting as the landscape it inhabits, Siberia is a confused film that packs none of the punches it promises.