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Cast:Woody Harrelson, Emily Mortimer, Ben Kingsley

Director:Brad Anderson


Year: 2008


Roy and Jessie are the perfect American couple traveling from Beijing to Moscow on the legendary Trans-Siberian Express train. The two strike a bond with another couple, Carlos and Abby, who are not exactly as they appear. Unwittingly, Roy and Jessie are caught in a web of drug trafficking and murderous deceit when all four become targets of ex-KGB detective Grinko's investigation.

Brad Anderson is a master at Independent film making, if you look back at some of his past work you can see why he is considered by many to be a very under-rated director. Transsiberian is an old genre made new again, the long train ride thriller that we use to all love. This is a tight well-written film in the tradition of the old Hitchcock classics. You feel the tension and the unrest that not all is what it seems right from the opening scenes and it carries that way till the very end, keeping you on the edge of your seat with great suspense and twists at every turn. Anderson did a fantastic job on a limited budget, the camera work is flawless and the locations just add to creating an atmosphere so thick you would need a knife to cut through it. The cast here is what takes this film to the next level, Woody Harrelson is fantastic as Roy, a man out of place in his surroundings. The highlight performance here is my Emily Mortimer, she takes her role and runs with with, the expressions on her face alone radiate off the screen. This is simply an amazing acting job. Also we will not forget Ben Kingsley, he is stellar as the Russian police officer with motives of his own. Transsiberian is one of those movies that reminds you why you love cinema so much, this is a classic mystery thrilled filled with great suspense and a cast that delivers. I highly recommend owning this on DVD or Bluray today. Released by First Look Studios. **** 1/2 Out Of *****