Americans abroad. Roy and Jessie finished a volunteer stint in China. He loves trains, so they go home via the Trans-Siberia Express. There are strains in the relationship, including her past. They meet Carlos, a Spaniard, traveling with Abby, a young American. Carlos keeps close to Jessie, and when Roy is left behind and waits a day for the next train so he can catch up, Jessie and Carlos take a trip into the dead of winter to photograph a ruined church. Carlos may be running drugs, so, later, when Roy catches up and introduces Jessie to his new pal, an English speaking Russian narcotics detective, he's the last person Jessie wants to see. Will the Siberian desolation be their undoing? Written by
When Emily Mortimer was approached about appearing in the film, she had only 24 hours to make a decision on the script. Not being familiar with Brad Anderson's previous works, she said yes immediately after reading the script. See more »
Grinko wears his wedding ring on left hand. While Russians (as well as many other nations of the former Soviet Union) actually wear wedding rings on right hand, they will wear wedding rings on their left hands when they are divorced or widowed. See more »
In Russia, we have expression. "With lies, you may go ahead in the world, but you may never go back." Do you understand this, Jessie?
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The first scene makes you believe that you are about to see an interesting thriller! (hahaha, you fool!)
With a slow and Boring start this movie dragged on through the first act revolving around the relationship of Jesse and Roy, nothing special just a boring drama with nothing new to show. That is until the second act, when suddenly you can make a choice weather to laugh or get angry at the ridiculous yet predictable "plot twists" that might surprise a 3 year old, but that's about it! The level of predictability, and unrealism is what completely made me loose interest and disconnect with the story.
The character of Jesse was absolutely neurotic and stupid in such an extreme that as an audience I stopped caring about what would happen to her.
The use of flashbacks was completely unnecessary, showing something you had already seen, it just gave the feeling that the director was unsure of the audience's capability of understanding the story... (it was extremely annoying)
As if that was not enough, it was offensive towards Russia showing stereotypical judgment, and supporting the "America rules", "Americans are always the good guys" attitude.
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