Rewatched Jun 15, 2012
Starts off like a modern-day "The Lady Vanishes" and then bounces jerkily around before ending up as a somewhat standard thriller that teeters on the brink of Generic Action Movie at the end but pulls back. The whole thing is rather sloppy and relies on a combination of extreme contrivance (oh no drugs are falling out of my backpack! please don't look at the next picture on my camera!) and bafflingly stupid actions from Emily Mortimer (going off into the siberian wilderness alone with sleazy euro guy is fun! lying to russian cia is fun!) to push things along. Even so, there's some great moments of drawn-out tension from scene to scene, and it's all quite pretty and atmospheric and snowy. Better motion pictures have been made, but I'm just glad this one came along to teach me that Russians drink vodka.
Also, Kate Mara seemed fairly goth for a Seattleite...we usually breed them a bit more "ironic hipster" out here.