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Wednesday, September 10, 2008


Transsiberian is about trains. There are lots of trains in this movie. About 70% of the movie takes place on trains. The characters are like trains. The entire structure is a train - a movie on a long, twisting, turning track, where you feel like you are just along for the journey, and you are not exactly sure of your destination, and not exactly sure if you are heading towards a big wreck.

This is just one of the hundreds of feelings you get during Brad Anderson's indie film, Transsiberian.

I really liked this movie. I don't often talk to the screen, but I couldn't help myself this time. I spent most of my time in the theater in state of psychological panic. But isn't that what you want in a thriller? And trust me, this is a hell of a thriller.

Emily Mortimer plays Jessie, a woman who has just finished some business in China, and is now going to Moscow with her husband, Roy (Woody Harrelson). Since he is a big mechanics fanatic, they decide to take the 8-day train ride, and enjoy the Siberian sights.

They soon meet their new cabin-mates, Carlos (Eduardo Noriega) and Abby (Kate Mara), and right away something seems off about them.

I won't spoil the movie, but the four soon get caught up in a drug muleing conflict, and this train ride of a movie has your heart pounding until the very end.

This movie had me on the edge of my seat, both action-wise, and psych-wise. Emily Mortimer really plays her character well, and you really feel everything she feels - which is a lot. Woody Harrelson is great also, as well as Noriega and Mara. Ben Kingsley also gets involved later in the movie as a narcotics detective investigating the drug issue, and he, as usual, blows you away with his performance. Is there no accent he can't do?

This is one of the best thrillers I've seen in a long time. It develops more than just the main character, and it leaves you with a message. What that message is however, twists and journeys like a train, so by the end, it really is up to you what you get from it, and what your destination is.

See this movie.

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