Saturday, November 8, 2008
I really did not know much at all going into this, I had seen the trailer a while back, but couldn't really remember much, just that it had Woody Harrelson and Emily Mortimer and it took place on a train. Here is yet another film I think benefited from not knowing much about it. In keeping with that I will not give much away, just the basics is we have a married couple Roy and Jessie who decide to go on the Transsiberian train from Beijing to Moscow. Of course that sounds simple enough, but things soon change when they have to share their cabin with another couple Carlos (Eduardo Noriega) and Abby (Kate Mara). Of course through in some Ben Kingsley in there, we see him at the start and I wont say any more about his character, you will just have to watch. The actual script is pretty strong, for the most part it holds interesting, for something mostly taking place on a train that is quite the task. The script actually tries to flesh out our main characters which definitely helps the film and some what helps us identify with them. The acting is pretty good too, for the most part everyone is quite strong, Emily Mortimer stuck out the most for me. Woody was his usual self, for parts when he wasn't in it he wasn't overly missed and I felt he probably should have been. Kate Mara and Eduardo Noriega were good as well, they played all the right notes. The cinematography is certainly one of the films huge strength, it looks fantastic and the locations as well fantastic. You felt like you were actually there, scenes in the snow were especially well done. I would recommend this for fans of the genre (intense, slow burn thriller, character driven), and fans of the actors.