Stationed near the Arctic Circle, CIA veteran Harry Hove (Bill Pullman) yearns to exit the land of reindeer. Simultaneously, his less accomplished KGB sweetheart Natasha (Irene Jacob) ponders defecting with him to the USA. Unfortunately, the Russian Mob has encrypted confidential data onto a porn video earmarked for fearless leader Bliniak (Udo Kier), back in Russia. Once this tape is in his possession, Bliniak will possess the command codes of every nation's satellite system. When Finland-bound SEC fugitive Max Fisher (Bruno Kirby) turns delivery boy for Bliniak's gang, Uncle Sam's intermediary Dave (Glenn Plummer) intercepts the tape from Max with Harry's assistance. Hoping to impress her superiors, Natasha tries to sweet-talk Max into giving her the coded movie. Can Dave crack the codes on the video? Will Max pull a double cross and try to use the information to manipulate the stocks of satellite companies? Will Bliniak blame Natasha for losing the video to the Americans? Part caper film, part romantic comedy, part travelogue and all unnecessary. So much energy is expended on the mundane details of breaking the video's top-secret code, that the film generates little suspense. Some humor results as agency hack Dave pesters screw-loose Max for answers, but these supporting performers can't compensate for the lack of chemistry generated by Jacob as the Russian Mata Hari and Pullman as her Americanski boyfriend; as they exchange bon mots, you'll realize just how invaluable personalities like Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan really are.
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- Released: 2000
- Rating: R
- Review: Stationed near the Arctic Circle, CIA veteran Harry Hove (Bill Pullman) yearns to exit the land of reindeer. Simultaneously, his less accomplished KGB sweetheart Natasha (Irene Jacob) ponders defecting with him to the USA. Unfortunately, the Russian Mob ha… (more)