In case you are habitual of watching Keanu Reeves in his wickedly twisted character roles, with no-non sense attitude, ‘Siberia’, may turn out to be a “not so good” experience for you.
With films like ’47 Ronin’ (2013) to his credit, Reeves contribution to the non-commercial movies and the independent cinema movement is well-known among both his fans and the Hollywood fraternity. ‘Siberia’ is one of his those films which defines his multi-genre acting choices, ranging from sci-fi ‘The Matrix’ (1999) to the recent ‘John Wick Chapters’ (2014 and 2017).
‘Siberia’ has a dark tone in its cinematography and music, but it fails to reflect that quality in its story, and certainly not in acting performances. The film tells the story of Lucas Hill, a diamond merchant cum smuggler, who travels to Russia to execute a trade of rare blue diamonds. The film then explores (unsuccessfully) Lucas’ struggles to get himself out a dubious situation when his deal is jeopardised, while he gets romantically involved with Katya (Ana Ularu).
The primary factors ‘Siberia’ fails to address are the importance of character development and plotline. The film’s screenplay showcases scenarios to which try to enlighten the origin of Reeves’ character; it fails to connect the dots on how Reeves has ended up in the situation he’s in. Also, the film also neglects the centre of the film’s synopsis which revolves around the “diamond deal” and keeps this part to the minimum. The story does not care to explore the character build-up of both the protagonist and antagonist of the film and leaves it to the audience to assess the parts of the film which are very relevant and significant to the plot.
Reeves is an excellent actor, and though he tries to build the character of Hill throughout the film, the film’s jumbled up screenplay and follow-up on the story doesn’t give Hill a room to grow. Not just Hill, the film underuse the supporting characters as well, especially that of Vincent (played by James Gracie) and Boris Volkov (played by Pasha D. Lychnikoff), who surprisingly is portrayed as the antagonist of the film. Keanu Reeves has a huge fan following, and the efforts that ‘Siberia’ makes to survive comes from his part only, but the charisma he has portrayed in his recent characters does not show up in Lucas Hill.