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A mysterious man comes on the night train and promptly dies. He is carrying a sealed box filled with valuables that becomes known to two of the passengers and the conductor (Danny Glover). The movie turns into "Throw Papa from the Train" then the threesome suddenly have some trust issues which become complicated as more people get involved.
For a limited space and people the film managed to develop a good story that takes turns and twists as Chloe (Leelee Sobieski) emerges from a quiet student into a killer. I liked her in this role.
F-bomb. No nudity. Leelee Sobieski in bra.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Modern day Pandora's BoxMay 30 2009
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This movie explores what happens, when a few people taking the, NIGHT TRAIN, discover that a passenger is dead. Initially, it was handled rather matter-of-factly. He had apparently taken some pills with alcohol. It was likely an overdose. But just who was this man---and why was he guarding his possessions so closely, and with such paranoia, when he boarded the train?
Sharing his car were only two other passengers: a young pre-med student (Leelee Sobieski) and a salesman (Steven Zahn). The veteran train conductor (Danny Glover) visits the car, shortly after the salesman notes the passenger deceased. While going through the man's possessions they discover a mysterious box. It can't be opened, but one can peer inside through some carvings in the box. The salesman takes an innocent peek, that will change all of their lives. He becomes almost hypnotically entranced. Each, in turn, follows suit. They all fall under the spell, and each tries to make the possession their own. It becomes a cat and mouse game, of the highest degree. And, why won't that darn box open?
This movie could easily have been on the Sci-Fi Channel, as a modern day version of, 'The Twilight Zone.' The theme was so similar to some of those, where the protagonist's values and moral compass, were put to the test by supernatural forces. And, how quickly, one could find his ethics in a state of total decay. The suggestion always seemed to be, that evil could be unleashed in almost, any man, in the right circumstances, and, with the right temptations. The NIGHT TRAIN is no exception, as it explores these human dynamics and the effects of primal greed.
While I recommend this film for those that enjoy the type of stories told in the old, 'Twilight Zone' series, be warned that the acting is 'B' movie grade. Leelee Sobieski delivers the best performance, showing the most unexpected character change, followed by Steve Zahn. Danny Glover was just, well, Danny Glover. He wasn't challenged enough by this role to stray from his customary style and affect. Secondary characters were minimally developed. They simply drove the story along, or presented obstacles. You will also need to suspend some disbelief. Like why were there so few passengers on this train---and why were they spread so far apart? In some instances, there was only one passenger per train car. It was an unlikely scenario to set the stage.
I watched the Blu-ray version and found the audio/video experience to be quite good. There is also almost an hour's worth of Bonus Features, following this 91 minute film. It is rated 'R', for violent content and some language, so it's not for youngsters.
I can't recommend that you run out and purchase this one, without renting it, first. I picked it up as a rental after reading the synopsis. It hooked me! I had to take the mystery to closure, to learn more about that crazy box, but I think one viewing is enough for me. Did the box ever open? I'm not tellin'. I recommend you grab some popcorn, and hop on board the blood-train to find out. 'ALL A-B-O-A-R-D!'
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Great Hitchcock style low budget piece!Nov. 29 2009
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This film is a perfect example of how to make a very effective and suspenseful film with a low budget. One location, few actors and great script. The interaction between the different characters is great. Danny Glover is perfect as the aging train conductor who sees the chance to get a break in life. Only thing that disturbed me was the bad CGI.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
So THAT was Richard O'Brien...Sept. 4 2009
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I bought this film based on the premise and the fact that I was familiar with the 3 lead actors. As the credits rolled, I noticed another familiar name, far down the list - Richard O'Brien. Since he was the creator and star of one of my favorite films of all time, I thought it would be kind of intriguing to see what he looked like after all these years. Since his glory days as Riff-Raff in his classic "Rocky Horror Picture Show", he has made cameos in a bunch of movies, including "Elvira's Haunted Hills", but not much recently. As the film rolled on, I got so caught up in the plot that I realized I had not seen anyone that could possibly be him, except... NAH! Couldn't be! But as the movie neared the end, I figured I just HAD to be right. I agree fully with the comparisons to classic episodes of "The Twilight Zone", and I didn't mind the cheesy sets. It added to the atmosphere of the film. I could envision seeing this on SYFY on Saturday night (they just need to bleep out a couple of F-words), and it is a cut above their usual fare. And, yes, I was right about Mr. O'Brien. If you still don't recognize him, check out the "making of" featurette, where he appears as himself. Overall, this movie was much more entertaining than I expected given that it went direct to video. And if someone drops dead nearby with a box in their hand, don't look inside!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
You are traveling through another dimension...Aug. 30 2009
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This movie is a bit Rod Serling-like. Definitely a good Twilight Zone tale here. "Submitted for your approval, one unique, mysterious, and seemingly impregnable box in the possession of a dead man, that beckons all who gaze into it with a siren song of riches untold..." The greed runs wild as the train rolls down the tracks in a blizzard. This one held my interest throughout. Well acted, IMHO -- and besides, Leelee Sobieski is such a beauty I can watch her in anything. A really fun, unique little film.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
GREAT INDIE TWILIGHT ZONE LIKE FILMMay 6 2011
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Absolutely one of the best independent films I have seen in a long time and very much real feeling. I remember buying this just based on the people who starred in it, even thought based on the name and cover it seemed like a "Midnight Meat Train" rip off. Luckily for me it was anything but and turned out to be on of the best movies I have watched in a while. Also it had nothing to do with any kind of story like that of the previously mentioned film.
The film follows a group of people, three to be exact, on a train for one night each minding their own business. But on this one night they were destined to meet on be on this train. Miles [Danny Glover] is the senior train conductor for his station and is growing tired of his life on the train. Chloe [Leelee Sobieski] is just a passenger on her way to see her parents and Pete [Steve Zahn] is just another passenger on the train and is just as harmless as the other two. That is until the three stumble across a dead man on the train that has a little box with him. As they each look into the box they each decide that the treasure inside could make each one of them rich, and fix all their problems.
So as they each come to terms with the situation they decide if they stick together and hide the box from the other passengers all will be fine. At the end of the night the will split what is in the box and all will be fine, but what about the body. As people come and go from the train with police and strangers who might know about the box the three become more and more distrusting. With greed running through their veins one thing must be asked, can they even trust each other?
Now sure I may have gotten over cliché there at the end but hey it was a fun indie flick, what can I say. I remember seeing this movie at the store a couple of different times and passing it up but always remembering it later on. So finally when I went back to that store one day I decided to go ahead and grab it, what a great decision that was. Later on that night I called up my brother and then my grandparents and asked if they all wanted to see it. So since we all like these kinds of films we meet over at our grandparent's house and turned it on. Turned out to be one really good indie flick full of mystery and even a little twists and surprises. Writer/director Brian King did a great job with this low budget flick and really brought out some great stuff. I would love to explain some of the stuff that happens here from this film but I don't want to give anything away.
I have to say that I hope I am not hyping this up to much it is just that I really did enjoy this movie. All the actors were great here with Danny Glover being awesome as usual and Steve Zahn bringing forth a great performance. Still I have to say that Leelee Sobieski really surprised me here turning in an MVP worthy performance. I won't give anything away but she did a great job here as did every one else. And although you can see the budget restraints when we see the out side of the train I have to say I love the look of the inside. Plus add in some great atmosphere and you have one great flick. I will say that this movie reminds me of the "Twilight Zone", very fun. I do recommend this movie and go in just expecting it to be a cool little indie flick.