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About the Film
Roy (Woody Harrelson- No Country For Old Men) and Jessie (Emily Mortimer- Match Point) are a naive American couple travelling from China to Moscow on the legendary Transsiberian express. They meet another couple - the mysterious and seductive Carlos (Eduardo Noriega- Vantage point) and his enigmatic girlfriend Abby (Kate Mara- Shooter) - and what was a simple train journey soon turns into a thrilling chase of deception and murder as corrupt police officers (Ben Kingsley- Sexy Beast and Thomas Kretschmann- Valkyrie) pursue them and it soon becomes clear that everyone is not what they first seem.
Transiberian mixes up artistic intent with thriller & comes up with a confused, occasionally implausible tale of husband & wife caught up in the middle of a drug deal gone south, and with the baddies blurring the line of who to trust etc. Most of the drama, and it's more of a drama than a thriller for sure - takes place at various points during a train journey across Russia. The events are a mix of inactivity and build up, with sparse action with exception of the last ten or so minutes. The camera and settings have a grainy indie feel, and the whole mood is somewhat dilapidated and somewhat grimy. I did not particularly like it. Ben Kingsley brings the screen into life for the minutes he's on show but personally the core story of a dysfunctional marriage between Woody & wife I did not care about - simply felt like slapping the pair of them, luckily by the close Ben also felt the same way so not all bad then. All in all not the thriller implied in the main review.
An excellent thriller
This is the latest from Brad Anderson, the director of The Machinist, and as you would expect he delivers another fantastic movie. This is an intelligently written, hugely armospheric thriller set in the bleak snowy wastelands of Siberia on the transsiberian express train. Highly recommended.
Took a while to get into this, but once I settled into it found it well worth watching. Not one that I would buy to keep but glad I rented.