(18) Running time: 94 minutes
Director: Gideon Raff
Writer: Gideon Raff
Starring: Thora Birch, Gideon Emery, Kavan Reece
Reviewed by: Matt Wavish, official HCF critic
Why is the “R” backwards on the sleeve, it just look silly! Anyway, Thora Birch was great in American Beauty, and not bad in the Hole, but can she carry a film by herself? Not quite, she does a good job, and she’s getting better looking as she gets older, but she just doesn’t have that touch, and here she’s being made out to be a kind of heroic Ripley type character, and she doesn’t pull it off. Some of her speaking is quite cringing in places.
Now, the film itself. Its inventive, however, totally predictable, and so unbelievably daft its very hard to take seriously. People are being tortured and killed, in a last carriage on a train, all in the name of finding a cure. Yes, its that silly. Its like Hostel on a Train! The characters do EVERYTHING they clearly shouldn’t, and are incredibly boring. The main thing this film has going for it is some pretty interesting opening credits, some good torture scenes, and the bad guys are very good. 2 of them are like 2 maniacs running around the train laughing and scaring people, they’re unpredictable and a whole lot of fun to watch. The main torture guy is a fat, balding, ugly man with brute strength and is perfect for the part. There some pretty vicious attacks in this too, a lot of punching rather than going straight for knife or similar, and this was refreshing. All in all though, a totally predictable film, which doesn’t get much above very average.