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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
No clear takeaway here except that characters tend to pay a high price for slightly illicit dealings. But it's not entirely clear whether these activities were premeditated or simply happened by accident.
Positive Role Models
Lucas Hill is a pro; he's skilled, knowledgeable, and polite, and doesn't expect everyone to speak English with him (he speaks Russian and is the opposite of an "ugly American"). Yet he becomes involved in shady dealings, and while he sometimes hesitates, he always goes ahead with them. He also cheats on his wife.
Violence & Scariness
Guns and shooting. Characters are shot and killed. Blood spurts. Character is beaten up. A dog is accidentally shot during a hunting trip. Frozen dead body.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Several graphic sex scenes between a married man and a woman who's not his wife. Thrusting, grinding, and moaning. Naked female breasts and bottom are seen. Man-on-woman oral sex. Two women begin to perform oral sex on two men. Couple shown in bathtub together. A man prepares to unzip his pants to reveal his penis to a woman.
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Several uses of "f--k" or "f---ing." Also uses of "motherf----r," "penis," "hell."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Main characters use cocaine in one scene. Frequent social drinking: vodka, whiskey, etc. Some drunkenness. Cigars.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Siberia is a mature thriller starring Keanu Reeves as a diamond merchant who finds himself in a tough situation. It includes some graphic sexual material: A couple has grinding, thrusting, moaning sex; there are two scenes with oral sex; and naked female breasts and bottom are seen. Violence is also an issue: Characters handle and shoot guns, people are shot and killed, and there are blood spurts. A character is beaten up, and a dog is accidentally shot. A man is shown to be cheating on his wife. Language includes many uses of "f--k" or "f---ing." Characters frequently drink socially, sometimes to excess, and main characters snort cocaine in one scene. The movie is slow and mature, but for some older teens and adults, it could be moody, fascinating viewing. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Slow but intelligent, moody, and mature, this thriller isn't exactly thrilling, yet it's hypnotic in the way it zooms in on little messy, unexpected human behaviors. It's all about the gray areas. Written by the talented Scott B. Smith (A Simple Plan, The Ruins), Siberia has the advantage of plunking viewers right in the middle of a story that's been going on for a while; in that way, it's a little like spy movies from the 1960s and '70s. Lucas Hill -- played by Reeves at his reassuring, man-of-few-words best -- is a longtime veteran, an expert at his job. As he deftly handles guns or assembles untraceable, disposable phones, his blank expression could mean anything. It's fascinating to watch him to find out more.
Moreover, the character of Katya is more than just a tacked-on romantic interest. Her relationship with Lucas is deliberately weighted with danger and guilt and feeds directly into the story. Director Matthew Ross uses the same patient, thoughtful approach he brought to his fine Frank & Lola; he's more interested in what makes these characters tick than in who gets the diamonds or wins the shoot-out. As in that movie, Ross seems drawn to interactions between two characters in foreign spaces. The Russian locales are especially effective, with St. Petersburg as the grayish, modern half of the story and Siberia as the freezing wilderness. A snowy climax in the woods has the power to leave viewers chilled to the bone.
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