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This movie is about a train carrying neclear weapons across Europe. The nations of the world try to stop it from delivering it's deadly cargo. It was an OK rental considering it was made for TV. If you like the James Bond of the 1990's(pierce Bronsan), you might like this movie!!Otherwise avoid it unless you are desperate at the video store and cannot find anything to rent!!
This film has a lot going for it: A simple, but nonetheless engaging,
cool action sequences and some fantastic casting. Patrick Stewart and
Christopher Lee are, it almost goes without saying, superb. Alexandra Paul
really should get more lead roles and Ted Levine makes a pretty good bad
Top marks, though, go to Pierce Brosnan. Despite having to deliver some truly awful dialogue in places he brings the role off to perfection. His "Mike Graham" could be James Bond using a pseudonym (although without the gadgets), and it's no wonder that he went on to become the best Bond so far (and yes I do remember Connery).
This film rates up there with True Lies and The Rock as one of those films that sort of is a Bond film really, even tho' it isn't.
"Death Train" is a medium-scale film that works better than many large-scale films in the same genre, because it has some thrilling action sequences, keeps a steady unflagging pace, and doesn't overreach beyond its grasp. A pre-James Bond Pierce Brosnan is a bit bland in the lead, but also has pleasing moments of sarcastic wit. Alexandra Paul is drop-dead gorgeous and surprisingly credible in an action role; the script handles her character in a very progressive manner and she is a vital part of the mission. Patrick Stewart and Christopher Lee are mostly there to add name value and their professionalism (Lee speaks a lot of Russian). The film is executed with a similar professionalism, stays within its limits, and generally delivers the goods. (***)
Even if there had not been stars like Stewart and Brosnan, the movie would
have been a great disappointment. To be precise, this is the biggest piece
of crap I have ever seen.
1. I've never seen such lame "action" scenes (even if the train had
at every single station along the way, there would not have been so many
people shuffling back and forth as the accumulated number of entries and
exits by the SWAT team, not to mention their really "excellent" shooting
2. Really lame German cops. They may not be as flashy as a U.S. SWAT team,
but they are NOT dumb!
3. At the Zagreb station, when the Baywatch babe finds out about the
Russian's phone call, there is an announcement in the background calling
people to board a FLIGHT (even in Croatia, airplanes do not land at train
4. In one scene, a guy on the bad Russian's team talks Croatian for a few
sentences, then switches to Russian.
5. The modified camera had a fully automatic, built-in transmitter to GNN
headquarters, can you get me one of these?
6. One of my favorites: The German dispatcher has absolutely no problems
fumbling with the Swiss, Italian, Slovenian and Croatian railway systems.
They can all be controlled via his computer. Can you get me on of
7. Whatever the Baywatch babe fires her gas grenades from, that's not an
8. It's pretty hard to hit a window on a moving train with unguided
fired from a helicopter.
Oh Jean-Luc, what have they paid you for this? If I had to guess, I 'd say a billion dollars....
'Death Train' is ultimately about a train carrying 'death'. A bomb, to be exact. A nuclear bomb that could blow away a big part of America (or was it England, I don't remember). The main guy carrying the bomb is Alex Tierney, and trying to penetrate the train are Pierce Brosnan, who is upset about doing this instead of racing Daytona, Alexandra Paul, and Patrick Stewart. Attempts to get in or to kill Tierney are foiled. It is a fairly good film that managed to spawn a sequel, and the acting is pretty good. Some of the action sequences are well shot, but, the picture (in Australia, anyway) wasn't great. But overall, a good film with a fairly good ending that wasn't disappointing. 7 out of 10.
This could have been a passable movie if peopled by unknowns. But, when
one sees the names Pierce Brosnan, Patrick Stewart, and Christopher Lee
a certain quality expectation develops, and Death Train does not
There is virtually no chemistry between the characters of Mike, Philpott, and Sabrina. Alexandra Paul could not have been less convincing if she had tried, and she is just not attractive enough to carry the role on looks. You never for one minute believe Brosnan as the super-expert operative (ala Commando). He simply cannot pull this off. And the character does nothing to prove me wrong as he ham-handedly muddles through his assignment. Ted Levine is also miscast as a good ole boy terrorist. Stewart plays Philpott well enough, but Philpott is no Jean Luc Picard! Only Lee emerges unscathed by this turkey. His Russian general is aptly emotionless, cunning, and clinical; ya gotta love 'im! Pass on this one, folks.
I can't believe how bad this movie was... I feel really sorry for Patrick Stewart and a little less for Bond man Brosnan. For a B movie, I'd say it was decent but I was expecting so much more. Ironically my favourite scene was when Stewart's character asks one of the techs "how's it going?" and the tech forgets his accent. I laughed so hard because it was the only entertainment i must have gotten from the entire movie.
Okay, I read the newspaper and I saw Patrick Stewart (Hey!), Pierce Brosnan (Yeah!) and Christopher Lee (Wow!) in the credits. I thought that couldn't be a bad film. I was wrong. It was full of prejudices (what's not bad at all, but they were really annoying!!!!!!!). Rambolike German policeman, unreliable Italians, cruel Russians!!! By the way, never seen such uniforms like they were shown in the film. And the story? Not so good that it would excuse the insulting tendencies of this badly done film!!! Is there nothing good? There is. A good idea, an interesting theme. But the possibility to make a good film trickled away into the brains of director and script writer. You shouldn't watch this film.
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