This second feature for director Matthew Ross (“Frank & Lola”) sees him paired with Keanu Reeves to bring this odd blend of Russian Gangster movie and romance to the screen.
Keanu Reeves (“John Wick Chapter 2“, “The Matrix”) is Lucas Hill, an American diamond dealer attempting to get a lucrative deal off the ground with some shady Russian gangsters. His business partner goes missing with the merchandise and he is forced to head to Siberia to try to find him; once there he starts a romance with local bartender Katya, played by Ana Ularu (“Outbound”, “Inferno”).
Plot wise, this film is relatively straightforward – there are two main threads, the progressively disastrous diamond sale being orchestrated by Lucas and the romance that he strikes up along the way. Unfortunately, the film never really seems to get a grip on which of the plots it is most interested in, creating some really odd tonal shifts as the narrative develops.
We are never really given a reason to root for Reeves’ Lucas. We know he has a wife at home (played in the briefest of cameo roles by Molly Ringwald) and he doesn’t seem to especially care, he also appears relatively indifferent to his relationship with Katya until the plot contrives a reason for him to return to her.