A young couple, Roy and Jessie, taking a journey from China to Moscow on the Transsiberian Train encounter another mysterious young couple, Abby and Carlos. After an accidental murder things start to get complicated as the police get involved while at the same time Roy and Jessie begin to suspect the other couple may be smuggling drugs.
Woody Harrelson (Roy), Emily Mortimer (Jessie), Ben Kingsley (Grinko), Kate Mara (Abby), Eduardo Noriega (Carlos).
The film gets off to a bit of a slow start but the character development is very good setting you up for a wonderful, edge of your seat thriller. As things start developing, momentum is built that runs right up to the end of the film. The twists and turns are somewhat predictable but interesting at the same time. As things begin to unravel for Roy and Jessie, Grinko shows up and things get even more complicated.
I had heard good things about this movie and they were all accurate. This is a very good film not just for the plot or the twists. Acting by everyone was wonderful. I particularly enjoyed Mortimer, Kingsley and Mara. Sets and background were also very well done, particularly the scenery and the trains.
Camera work was good although there were some jerky shots that seemed out of place with the film. They did a nice job of showing the confines of the train while showing the scenery at the same time. Sound and dialogue were both well done.
This was categorized as a thriller but it has high drama content as well. Anderson did a great job of building suspense from several directions while using misdirection at the same time. The film really does well at holding your interest and attention.
Overall, a very good film worth a spot in the top half of your Must See list.
Violence, some torture, some mild blood and gore, and plenty of foul language. Save this one for older teens and above.
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