Tuesday, January 06, 2009
This was a terrific little movie. Woody Harrelson and Emily Mortimer are a couple of Americans in China on a mission trip for their church. Because Harrelson's a train buff, they take the Transsiberian Express from Bejing to Moscow. Along the way they meet another couple, a young American woman and her older Spanish companion. There's something a little odd about them, and it turns out the Mortimer isn't exactly what she'd seemed to be. Complications ensue. Boy, do they ever. I had no idea where this movie was going, and it filled me with a sense of dread and anxiety in a way that no movie's done for years. The cast is great right down the line, and that certainly includes Ben Kingsley as a Russian cop. The less said about the plot, the better. You should let the movie spring its own surprises. The suspense builds slowly at first, but soon enough the plot takes off like a runaway train. Check it out.