Scott Hardie: “It was ok.”

Maybe if I had seen this movie in a different mood or with lowered expectations, I would have appreciated it more. It's beautifully shot, capturing the majestic tranquility of the Siberian winter (or is it summer?), and the acting is superb. But frankly, I found it dull as hell. It takes forever to begin introducing thriller elements, and the plot twists are all so carefully foreshadowed that they seem patently obvious when they arrive. Of course none of the characters are quite what they seem, and yet they are exactly what they seem under the surface, and what always happens in movies like this happens. The critics must have seen something in it that I didn't, because for one of the best-reviewed thrillers of this year, this was a real let-down.

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