As far as low-budget films go, "Moscow Chill", is a stunner.''Hollywood should sit up and take notice - for a cool mil, the producers have turned out a delightful movie.''But, a lot of the credit goes to the charismatic young lead star, Norman Reedus (Boondock Saints fame).''Actually, there are three stars in this production - shot mostly on location in Russia - Reedus, the cinematographer, and a Circus Bear.
The scenes are breathtaking; each frame, artfully painted with a lush palette - at times rich - but gritty, down 'n dirty, when needed to be.''There was a lot of thoughtful attention to visual detail which impressed me thoroughly, as well, in spite of the fact I am a tough critic!''And, the set-ups were outstanding; no pedestrian shots here. In fact, I was constantly amazed at their variety, as scenes flowed from one to the next.''Solimine has a keen eye, is quite talented, and shows a lot of potential ripe with possibilities.''
Also, Norman Reedus gives a stand-out performance...tough, yet vulnerable...his characterization resonates in every fibre of his being. He's a captivating screen presence, waiting to bust out. This kid is going places!''
The idea for "Moscow Chill" is charming and believable, too.''An altruistic computer whiz uncovers the tale of Prometheus - a Titan known for his wily intelligence, who stole fire from Zeus - and gave it to mortals for their use.''On the heels of this history lesson, the young lad decides to become a modern-day version of the Ancient Greek - along the lines of Robin Hood - with the ultimate aim of stealing from the rich and giving to the poor.''In a side-splitting scene, we first encounter the naive lad manipulating keys on a computer in the back of a taxi, which - in turn - causes scads of bills to fly out this way 'n that...from local ATM machines around the city...much to the delight of startled passers-by.''Unfortunately, the Reedus character gets caught. However, his unique skills do not escape the attention of a master criminal overseas, who hatches a plot to rescue the fresh felon, with the express intention of corralling his hacking skills.''In a nutshell, it's an embezzlement scam on a grand scale.''
But, there is a lot of mayhem along the way; and, it's spiked with a nasty shoot up or two here and there, a dash of of-the-wall humor, and an ironic twist or two, when least expected.''Nothing earth-shattering, or original. But, "Moscow Chill" does have a heart, even if it beats to a different drummer.'