Night Train

2009

Being set in locomotion, “Night Train” brings many other films to mind. Among them: “Runaway Train,”  “Murder on the Orient Express,” “Transsiberian” and even “Terror Train,” all of which are superior to this well-intentioned but budget-hampered effort.

No sooner as the film opened than the story starts, with a train passenger discovered dead, presumably of a heart attack. He clutches in his hands a box containing an ornately decorated box of diamonds. Conducter Danny Glover and passengers Steve Zahn and Leelee Sobieski are the only witnesses to his passing, so what if they kept it? No harm, no foul, right? All they have to do is get rid of the body.

You know these type of situations don’t end well, and that’s what happens here, both for the characters and viewers. Riches have a way have turning allies into enemies, until one is left standing. Writer/director M. Brian King would like for that battle of wits to appear Hitchcockian, but the rhythm is off, and his big twist can be spotted right away.

But at least you get to see Sobieski behead a man and partially disrobe, although not in the same scene. Regardless, “Night Train” isn’t worth sticking around to the plot’s final destination “” a ridiculous d

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