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Thoroughly enjoyed it,
This review is from: Transsiberian [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
My wife bought me this on Blu-ray as part of her anniversary present to me - I think as a not-so-subtle hint that she really wants to do the Trans-Siberian Railway trip. I had done it myself some 23 years ago and so was interested to see how my experiences then would relate to a modern-day thriller based on the same train journey. As I did my trip in winter much of the film struck a chord - the extreme cold outside, the extreme heat on the train, the endless vista of the taiga, the hours of boredom, the vodka drinking sessions, the steaming tea urns and the grumpy train attendants were all just as I remembered them. What was noticeably different is that this journey was made in a modern, post-Communist Russia where drug trafficking, criminal gangs and corrupt police are rife, whereas my journey was made at the tail end of the Communist era (Gorbachev had only recently come to power) when there was very little fraternising between the Russians and the tourists, either on the train or off it.
Of the film itself I have to say I enjoyed it very much and found it to be a first-rate thriller with enough twists and turns of the plot to keep me gripped throughout. I thought the acting on the whole to be very good, particularly from those actors with whom I was not familiar before this, namely Emily Mortimer and Eduardo Noriega. I was especially impressed with the way Emily Mortimer portrayed her character as she slipped over the edge. I found Woody Harrelson's character to be particularly annoying and had he been a travelling companion of mine I would have been glad to leave him skulking around the sidings in Irkutsk for ever more. Noriega's character reminded me in so many ways of a number of slimy guys I have met travelling in numerous parts of the world and I found myself almost cheering out loud when he got his just desserts. I also couldn't help thinking, every time I looked at him, that Fernando Alonso had given up motor racing in favour of acting.
So, overall impressions are that Transsiberian is an extremely well-made and well acted thriller that I thoroughly enjoyed. If you like your thrillers without a constant hail of bullets, car chases and lots of extremely loud bangs then I can certainly recommend this one.