Reeves Left Out in the Cold.
From fledgling director Matthew Ross (Frank & Lola) and writer Scott B. Smith (The Ruins) comes their version of the Stephen Hamel (Henry’s Crime) novel of the same name, about a man who finds love in the wrong place.
St Petersburg Russia and Lucas Hill (Keanu Reeves, John Wick, John Wick 2, Exposed, Knock Knock, 47 Ronin) at a hotel to find the man he is supposed to meet, Pyotr (Boris Gulyarin) has left in a hurry and left a note to say where to meet him. They are supposed to be meeting Boris Volkov (Pasha D. Lychnikoff, A Good Day to Die Hard) with a sample of a single blue diamond.
But now Boris has turned up with his two goons Pavel (Rafael Petardiand, Code of Honor, Bomb Girls) and the strong silent one. He is not impressed with Lucas’ tardiness and he has two days to come up with the full consignment of blue diamonds for a two percent cut of one million dollars.
Now Lucas arrives in Mirny, Eastern Siberia and a log cabin hotel. He gets a call from Vincent (James Gracie, Leading Lady), a South African who is after the same consignment as Victor and he is willing to pay more for them, but Lucas knows how that would end up.
The second time he meets her is when he painfully awakes on her couch after he was left unconscious when the locals took a dislike to the American with no sense of humour. Now all the locals think Katya has slept with the American so she thinks well why not and Lucas is also agreeable to that scenario, but he still only has two days to find the missing Pyotr and the blue diamonds for Victor.
The story is drab and the pace is slow and there is nothing to lighten this film, it just seems so perfunctory and that is a shame.