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Edward G. Robinson
A terrorist has placed a bomb on board a train transporting sea mines to Portsmouth. The train is stopped but near a small town, which actually exacerbates the problem. In desperation, the local authorities contact Peter Lyncort, a former Canadian Royal Engineers munitions expert, and ask him to help them dismantle the explosive device. Peter accepts the assignment. He is given no more than five hours to achieve his dangerous mission. Written by
A film that spends more time with the domestic problems of a bomb defuser and his wife than it does with bomb defusing can't be all good. It's not all bad either and makes up for being slim on material by being rather short. There is one excellent shot/sequence panning from the parked train ready to explode to the nearby graveyard and then to a nearby pub full of unsuspecting people singing "Show me the way to go home." It's too bad the movie doesn't have more of this type of thing. The film loses suspense by constantly cutting away from the bomb search to routine domestic scenes of the wife bitching and moaning while trying to catch a train out of town. This whole French wife complaining earns little audience interest or sympathy these days. I guess at the time that whole aspect was for women in the audience where today they tend to make this kind of film for guys and leave the women out of it entirely or have them only as victims. Though in this case that might have been better--it just spends so little time with the whole race against time aspect of the story. The resolution to the wife thing is lame though the resolution to the bomb aspect is satisfying. A director more interested in bombs and the detail of the race against time, and a script with a lot less clichéd domestic melodrama would have helped. All pro level production, photography and acting helps but can't overcome the shortcomings and almost non-characterization of the principal characters. Ford doesn't appear until almost 15 minutes into the film. More music would help as well.
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