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The question emerging from this crime caper of snowbound landscapes and bungling hitmen is: just how badly did the filmmakers want to remake Fargo? Robin Williams plays a struggling travel agent in Alaska who pulls an insurance scam to help pay for care of his loopy wife (Holly Hunter), suffering from Tourette's syndrome on top of her ordinary madness.

The story gets more convoluted by the minute - insurance loss adjusters, New Age phone-liners, half-crazed convicts - though not more involving. It never even approaches amusing. Director Mark Mylod could try changing his name to Coen, but in the long run it's really not going to help him.