Nov 102008

Transsiberian Movie PosterAn American couple, Roy and Jessie, decide to take the long way home from their recent sojourn in Asia on the legendary Trans-Siberian Express train from Beijing to Moscow. On their way, they meet another couple from the West, Carlos and Abby, with whom they quickly form a familiar bond that often unites fellow travellers away from home. When Roy accidentally gets separated from the group at a stopover, Jessie begins to realize that their compatriots aren’t exactly who or what they seem to be. The real danger begins to surface as a deceitful Russian detective and locals terrorize Jessie in this unforgettable journey.

Genres: Art/Foreign, Drama, Thriller and Crime/Gangster; Running Time: 1 hr. 51 min.; Release Date: July 18th, 2008 (limited); MPAA Rating: R for some violence, including torture and language.

Starring: Woody Harrelson, Emily Mortimer, Kate Mara, Eduardo Noriega, Ben Kingsley

Directed by: Brad Anderson

I honestly don’t remember seeing previews for this film, but I was only in limited release, so I’m guess maybe it wasn’t shown widely here in Tampa. It certainly should have been. It was an excellent story that was well acted and well edited. Anderson even captured a bit of the Hitchcock style in that much of the films suspense, while very palpable, was subtle and just under the surface. This understatement, to me, often offers the most profound effect. The acting was immense, the landscape was immense, it was all great! There are a few graphic scenes which really make a strong point. There is no skirting issue, it is right in front of you. Emily Mortimer fit her role so well it was scary, it could be reality, as with Woody and Ben.

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