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on 19 June 2013
I've been looking forward to seeing this film for years. The idea of a silent film set on the Underground had me drooling with anticipation but I'm sad to report that it was a bit of a let down.
Asquith was no Hitchcock or Powell and this is hardly a classic. It's entertaining, well restored, with some interesting extras, at a reasonable price, and well worth seeing but it is let down by a weak story and is no rediscovered masterpiece. Also, the title is somewhat misleading. While it is true that one of the main characters works on the underground and there are some interesting scenes set on the carriages, platforms and escalators, the other lead works in a Thamesside Power Station so it might equally be called The Power Station, except that is less exciting and makes it sound like a Soviet Film. My expectations were too high and my hopes were dashed.
Some might find three stars a bit mean but I try to resist hyperbole. If you hand out five stars like confetti, how can you possibly rate a film when something truely wonderful comes along?