‘Siberia’ is a cold, empty thriller

‘Siberia’ is a cold, empty thriller

Keanu Reeves has discovered his performing consolation zone, and it is taking part in guys who put on good fits and get themselves into scorching water.

He channels his “John Wick” vibe right here as Lucas Hill, a diamond dealer whose accomplice goes lacking as they’re about to shut a deal in St. Petersburg, Russia.

One huge distinction between “Siberia” and Reeves’ hit gun-fu franchise is tempo: Right here it’s as glacial because the winds blasting by Lucas’ overcoat as he travels to the titular area to seek out his co-worker.

As chemistry crackles between Lucas and a small-town cafe proprietor named Katya (Ana Ularu), the movie exhibits indicators of being extra attention-grabbing: Director Matthew Ross (“Frank & Lola”) lingers on steamy scenes whereas teasing out Lucas’ again story (his spouse, from whom he says he’s grown aside, is performed by Molly Ringwald, however solely in a couple of Skype moments and flashbacks).

Is that this truly a psychosexual thriller? Simply while you assume so, Lucas is again among the many Russian thugs who await his cargo of uncommon blue diamonds — which can or is probably not counterfeit.

The plot swerves round simply sufficient to make you assume one thing extra advanced is happening. Finally, it actually isn’t — definitely not sufficient to make up for the clichés and sexist tropes that litter Lucas’ path towards a confrontation with the dangerous guys.

It is a little bit of a thrill to listen to Reeves bantering capably in Russian, although. Perhaps a future Wick film will see him staring down barrels within the Kremlin.


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