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4.0 out of 5 stars
Refreshing, suspenseful British thriller, 25 Nov 2013
So often, indie Brit films are hung up on kitchen sink issues and grim situations. How refreshing, then, to watch a British movie that is a straight-up, entertaining flick, set in the UK!
First time director Omid Nooshin clearly knows what he's doing as he gets the balance between action, suspense and emotion just right. And the film is beautifully shot, which is no mean feat for a film set entirely on a grim suburban commuter train! It almost becomes a character in its own right as it groans and roars along the tracks (think 'Duel'). The plot is suitably suspenseful and keeps us guessing throughout, underpinned by a beautiful score that effortless flips a scene's mood from pensive to ominous with little more than a key change.
The cast is uniformly strong, but special mention has to go to Iddo Goldberg as Polish magician-turned-tube-cleaner Jan. I wasn't aware of him before seeing this film, but he puts in a star turn and is terrifying and hilarious in equal measure! Dougray Scott is also solid as the film's protagonist Lewis Schaler, an overworked doctor and single Dad who is just trying to do the best by his son. He's not your typical hero, and perhaps comes across a little gruff to begin with, but he soon warms up, and has us rooting for him whole-heartedly by the end. The relationship between Lewis and his son Max (newcomer Joshua Kaynama - cute and cocky without being brattish), is endearing, and there is one scene in particular that completely got me. Kara Tointon is effortlessly beautiful as the love-interest, but remains just the right side of saccharine in order to retain our interest.
After hearing how low the budget was for this movie I was thoroughly impressed by what the film-makers had managed to pull off (some of the effects and set pieces are spectacular). But even without this technical footnote, it is a genuinely enjoyable movie. It has its share of clunky lines and the odd dodgy delivery, but I was entertained and believed in the story and the characters, and would therefore thoroughly recommend it to anyone else!