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Agatha Christie meets Steven King,
This review is from: Night Train [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
If you picked up this film and looked at the cover with its tagline of 'The next stop may be your last' and the picture of lovely Leelee Sobieski holding a blood stained cleaver in front of a body you could be forgiven for thinking you were holding a slasher movie. In fact for the first half of the film it is almost like an Agatha Christie mystery. The story is about a night train on Christmas Eve where a stranger boards and very soon after dies of natural causes in the rear cariage which is occupied by Leelee and Steve Zahn and overseen by Miles the elderly conductor played by veteran Danny Glover. In his possession they find a mysterious box which they can see into but not open and appears to contain a fortune in gems. The decide to keep it for themselves but the first problem they face is how to get rid of the body. As the train motors through the night more and more people come looking for the box which has supernatural powers and the body count piles up. Watch out for Richard O'Brien once again in drag and almost unrecognisable. A major star of the film is the 'Nightingale'; the night train itself, and I was amazed to discover that all the wonderful shots of it powering through the snowy landscape were created by CGI and all the internals were a hand built set. The extras include a 'making of' featurette detailing this, a photo gallery and soundbites with the director, producer and cast. It is presented in full screen with a capable soundtrack. Although slow to start this was an enjoyable watch and I recommend it.