One of the many reasons I love Keanu Reeves so much is that he is not only still a big box office draw. It’s the fact he still manages to squeeze in smaller indie projects. As of recently he has been churning them out and thankfully most of them have been good. It’s something you might see nowadays from legends past their prime like Nicolas Cage or John Cusack. But Reeves has overall been choosing better projects than Cage or Cusack, and Reeves latest project as an actor and producer is “Siberia” is a good one.
There’s a reason why Keanu Reeves’s latest thriller is getting such a low-key release, despite his sudden “John Wick” fueled comeback that’s been leading a strong path for him theatrically. To be fair to both Reeves and director Matthew Ross, this is more legitimate than a lot of the low grade thrillers taking up space on the video on demand queue or the Wal Mart shelves. It’s easy to see that it was initially intended as a serious slice of film noir. “Siberia” comes with a script by the well-regarded Scott B. Smith writer of Sam Raimi’s thriller “A Simple Plan” and “The Ruins”. While director Matthew Ross himself is coming off the decent Sundance romantic drama “Frank & Lola”. While being known as a wonderful guy and one of Hollywood’s nicest guys. Also being a true icon to boot, Reeves has range, and “Siberia” makes for an uncomfortable fit for the actor. Only because it’s strange seeing him star in a semi sexually driven melodrama, which is maybe why the studio seems to be selling this as an action-thriller, while it does have a shootout and thriller elements, it’s distinctly not a full blown thriller as they are marketing. He may be sporting the same “John Wick” haircut and beard, along with some sharp threads, but outside of a quick climactic action scene, this is low on the carnage we’ve come to expect from Reeves. He is clearly doing his best in the role, including showing off a mastery of speaking Russian for long stretches of dialogue. •MOVIE REVIEW CONTINUED BELOW•