What do you do when your traveling from Beijing to Moscow with a bag full of heroin?
Well, hopefully you don't do what Roy and Jessie did in this intriguing mystery-thriller, "Transsiberian".
This film is a 2008 story about a husband and wife that unknowingly befriend a pair of drug smugglers, while traveling back from a church mission.
Roy, who is played by Woody Harrelson and his wife, Jessie (Emily Mortimer) get in way over their heads as they mix and mingle with shady characters aboard a train.
"Transsiberian" maintains a smooth pace, as the tension builds ever so slightly before hitting the point of no return. Roy and Jessie are a couple, much like most you encounter today, going through the typical marital struggles that plague ring bearers world-wide. During the trip back from Beijing, they meet Carlos and Abby, a couple of young travelers that just happen to unexpectedly join them in their cab for the ride home. Carlos senses the tension in their marriage and quickly begins seducing Jessie under the unwary eye of Roy. Roy and Abbey are important characters of the film, but Carlos and the shy/reserved Jessie are the two that keeps the coals of the film hot.
The turning point in this picture occurs when our 4 riders stop at a transfer station and all but one make it back on the train when it's time to depart. This is where the suspense and mystery come into focus and this once smooth moving train ride alters it's course.
"If I got rid of my demons, I'd lose my angels"-Tenessee Williams
The director(Brad Anderson) did an excellent job of maintaining suspense throughout the language and cultural barriers the main characters were exposed to during the film. I believe this added to the "you know when the actors know" effect of the film, as if your there with them in the moment. There are a couple of choice situations in the film when you feel like strangling certain individuals, but we won't call any names or discuss it further here. If really want to know who or what is being referred to, all you have to do is watch the film.
The scenery like the train is very much an important element of the film, hence the name "Transsiberian". Side note: The Trans-Siberian railway actually runs through a lot of the area this film covers, so here we have a movie whose title and location match(applause). The beautiful cold shown throughout the countryside of the railway takes the word remote to a different level. And it seems that this combination of cold and remote prove to be deadly for those that are unprepared. Unhinged Reviews recommends this film to anyone that enjoys a good tale of deceit and mystery with a hearty side of Woody Harrelson.
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