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Keanu Reeves in Siberia: explain what's wrong with the movie "Professional"

A hopelessly boring, sluggish thriller about the misadventure of an American in Russia, who in his "cranberry" can compete with the "Red Sparrow".

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American diamond trader Lucas Hill is in a hurry to complete a major deal to sell unique blue diamonds. The transfer of stones should take place in St. Petersburg, but the companion Lucas Peter suddenly disappears, substituting his partner. After knocking out a few days of delay for the angry client, Hill goes to the Yakut town of Mirny, where Peter's brother got stones, but faces there with a strong rejection of the local. In addition, it turns out that not all diamonds exhibited by Peter for sale were genuine - so Lucas finds himself in the grip of the mafia and special services that turned an American into a pawn in his game.

Shot from the movie "Professional"

Shot from the movie "Professional"

The role of Siberia in the film "played" the Canadian province of Manitoba, and the Yakut Mirny to the film crew "replaced" the small town of Kuks Creek in the same Canada

The Russian mafia and special services again returned to the peak of fashion. Over the past few years, our country has become a scene for a number of very remarkable paintings - from "Форсажа»To«Red Sparrow"- and serials - from"Homeland»To«Americans". This could be considered a success if the quality of the demonstration of Russia or the USSR was at an acceptable level. But in this aspect, the vast majority of such works are kept at a very low level: Cary Matheson storms the FSB building with the Hungarian flag on the facade, and Dominika Egorova studies sex espionage in the school of suicide bombers near Kazan. Yes, it's not bears and balalaikas, but still far from the truth. However, we are ready to give Hollywood another try - let it show itself Keanu Reeves, starred in the thriller "Siberia", which in the domestic box office was called "Professional".

Shot from the movie "Professional"

Shot from the movie "Professional"

On the set of "Professional" in St. Petersburg, Keanu Reeves spent seven days and all this time was under the close attention of the army of fans who, for the sake of seeing the idol, blocked the traffic, made their way through the cordons of security and spent the day on duty at the hotel

To Rivza, the audience always had a special attitude. He was forgiven many flaws and not always a successful choice of projects, because for millions of spectators, he remains invincible Neo and equally indestructible John Wick. However, the role of Lucas Hill will have to be ranked among those for which the actor we are forced to forgive. "Professional" is an extremely superficial, loose and incoherent film that hides helplessness behind the strained breakdown of characters and digging in the strange whims of not the prettiest characters. Of course, such pictures, which were covered only by the label "criminal thriller", but in reality turned out to be Shakespearean tragedies, happened, some even got a cult status. But the production of the "Professional" was undertaken not by a professional, but by an artisan Matthew Ross, who knows how to arrange the actors, to build a mise-en-scène and to direct the camera, but is not able to breathe into the frame of the soul.

Shot from the movie "Professional"

Shot from the movie "Professional"

Even if we take the place of action and the nationality of the secondary characters beyond brackets and imagine that the plot unfolds not in Russia but, say, in the Congo, the "Professional" will not get better. The main character of the tape is not something that does not cause sympathy, it is completely uninteresting, because there is no history behind it. And even after a couple of memories that Lucas shares with his new Russian beloved Katya, she will not wake up to him. We have a fiction, not a man, someone hiding under the guise of a specialist in solving any problems, but having nothing inside. In contrast to the same John Wick, Lucas Hill looks especially depressing - as if he is not a leading character, but only an occasional third-rate hero, who will be killed in another shootout.

Shot from the movie "Professional"

Shot from the movie "Professional"

Not particularly captures the plot of the tape. Yes, links to Russia give a certain flavor, but watch how Lucas skates from St. Petersburg to Yakutia and back (the flight, incidentally, takes 12 hours, and the hero, we recall, for all two days), often not imagining why, not especially exciting. It did not turn out to be a spectacular fint either with false jewelry, or with the involvement of special services, the "professional" is completely lacking. But the authors of the film with a heavy hammer injected the hero Reeves with absent sexuality - his hero is fascinated by the new Russian girlfriend much more than the imminent problems with the mafia boss. Bedding feats of Lucas, however, also look tormented.

Shot from the movie "Professional"

Shot from the movie "Professional"

As for the Russian entourage, in the "Professional", fortunately, there is no cult of black caviar or matryoshkas. Someone from the consultants of the writers even persuaded to weave into the conversation of the characters the expression "Birdie is a pity!" From the Haidaev comedy. But Russia does not smell here. Modest workers from Mirny drink vodka from the throat in a suburban cafe, go hunting for a bear, cook dumplings, but to Yakutia it looks like the streets of Riga on the neighborhood of Baker Street. The attentive spectator will notice, of course, the stele "Peace", and the Lion Bridge, and St. Isaac's Square, but this cinema does not bring it closer to our country. Quite the contrary, Hollywood turned again towards cranberries and blackening. But this is the time.

So do not expect that a bad movie can save your favorite actor, or the fact that the recognizable landscapes will add a ribbon of charm - this is not about the "Professional". Ross's painting has nothing to offer the viewer, except for the famous name in the credits and the facade of the Moscow skyscraper on the poster. And if somewhere in the West it can work, then our viewer will definitely be bored. We already know what a real Siberia is wide!

Since 27 September at the cinema.

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