After an evening at the fair, a mom and her son (Jess is about 10 years old) stop for petrol on their way home. Jess fills the gas tank and then gets in the back seat. She leaves the keys ... See full summary »
A soldier introduces himself to the Peterson family, claiming to be a friend of their son who died in action. After the young man is welcomed into their home, a series of accidental deaths seem to be connected to his presence.
The widow Dr. Lewis Shaler and his son Max are traveling late night by train to London. Lewis will leave Max with his grandparents to attend victims of a great accident at the hospital where he works. When Max accidentally spills coffee on the coat of the promoter Sarah Barwell, Lewis is embarrassed and offers to pay for the cleaning of her coat. Soon they start a conversation and feel attracted for each other. When the train stops, Lewis sees a man on the track apparently fixing the brakes. When the trains moves, he sees another man crawling on the tracks. Lewis seeks out the train guard and finds that he is missing. Further, the train does not stop at the stations. He tries to contact the driver that asks how many passengers are still on board and nothing else. Lewis contacts the passengers Jan Klimowski, Peter Carmichael and Elaine Middleton and they team-up expecting to stop the train. Soon they conclude that the train has no brake and the driver is a suicidal. What will happen to... Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The engine is a diesel/electric. Yet there is no engine compartment behind the drivers bay, just seats. See more »
If I had bought ticket, I could have got refund.
It's okay dad, the ambulance is coming.
You're determined to go into a hospital tonight, aren't you?
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As amazing as it seems, Britain has managed to churn out a B-movies that doesn't include a single zombie, no (middle-class actors playing) cockney gangsters and not a reel of found footage in sight. Instead, what we have here is a kind of 'Speed' film.
Dougray Scott plays a single father, who's taking his young son on the train just before Christmas. Unfortunately for him and the handful of passengers left on board (including the single female of appropriate age who just so happens to find single fathers REALLY attractive), the train refuses to stop and they must work out a way of getting off before it smashes into whatever there is at the end of train tracks in Britain (a wall of spikes, perhaps? I don't actually know).
So, what you have is a reasonably passable British thriller, which, at some points, manages to hit the right notes. The train is a familiar setting (at least for us Brits, anyway) and so makes a relatable place (plus I'm guessing it was a pretty cheap set for the film-makers). However, unlike Keanu Reeves' classic action movie, where the bus couldn't slow down and was in perilous danger at every turn, the train just stays on the tracks. Effectively, the few passengers left on board could just sit around in relative comfort for most of the movie, only really needing to figure out a way of getting off five minutes before the end. Therefore, you have a fair amount of time where they're doing just that.
The other downside is the kid. Yes, I know kids in films get a bad name, but this one really isn't that good. Luckily, he's not in it that much, but when he is you'll wish he wasn't.
Overall, not bad for a film on the cheap. If you're bored of zombies, gangsters and found footage B-movies you may enjoy this one (just don't dwell on the slightly dodgy computer special effects when the train catches fire).
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