Excellent thriller! Ultimately the plot is not that very complicated but the atmosphere, the pace, the aerial shots, the characters development and the rhythm all contribute to a brilliant experience of terror and fear that may be taken for real: this is the excellence of the film medium!
I love this sort of movie. There are no black and whites, just shades of grey. We all adapt/react to the situations we find ourselves in. This subtext is pretty clear, from the naive do-gooder christian to the corrupted soviet cop.
One of the most overlooked thrillers in years. A multi-layered tale of intercultural communication gone horribly wrong that really creeps up on you. Performances are right on the money: Mortimer's doesn't flinch, Kingsley's is chillingly ambiguous, and this is the rare film that uses Harrelson the way it should.
Decent thriller with an interesting setting. Pity they didn't exploit more of the cultural differences of the relationship between the US and a post-cold-war Russia. It's also a pity that Emily Mortimer plays in it, because she's, well, she can be quite awful.
Two naive helpless americans go, who knows why, to the shittiest places in europe for a vacation. There they face evil foreign people, from a spaniard couple to even more evil russian cops. If this was suppose to be a satire about xenophobia it doesn't work, if this was suppose to be a thriller it doesn't work because the main characters are idiots of the highest order. Was this suppose to be a comedy maybe?
Not a bad film.
There are some pretty tired national stereotypes in this film. Swarthy Spaniard; naive American; violent, shouty, cold Russians. The last one of these gets some extra dimension in Kingsley's summing up of the transition from the USSR to capitalism - "then we were living in the dark; now we are dying in the light". In the end though, the film doesn't move too far from traditional Hollywood tropes.