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A trans-siberian train journey from china to moscow becomes a thrilling chase of deception and murder when an american couple encounters a mysterious pair of fellow travelers who are targeted by an ex-kgb detective.


Studio First Look Home Entertain
SKU 208418763
UPC 687797124999
UPC 14 00687797124999
Format DVD
Release Date 11/4/2008
Rating Rating
Murder Mysteries
Railway Travel
Theatrical Release
Train Adventures
Editors Note
Note With TRANSSIBERIAN, Brad Anderson proves once again that he has an exceptional ability to craft a suspenseful thriller. Leaving behind the overtly Hitchockian style that made THE MACHINIST such an interesting formal exercise, Anderson this time shoots his film in color and roots it firmly in the present. Roy (Woody Harrelson) and Jessie (Emily Mortimer) have just finished working with children overseas as part of a church project. Before flying back to the States, they decide to travel from Beijing to Moscow on the Trans-Siberian Express train, where they meet two fellow travelers, the handsome Carlos (Eduardo Noriega) and young Abby (Kate Mara). The couples bond, but gradually Jessie becomes worried that her new friends are involved in drug trafficking. At that point, the web has been spun, and when the intimidating Russian detective, Grinko (Ben Kingsley), arrives, Roy and Jessie become innocent targets in a dangerous chase.^Anderson's script, co-written with Will Conroy, helps to elevate TRANSSIBERIAN beyond mere thriller status. Without the suspense, it remains a well-executed portrait of a complicated relationship between two real people. Mortimer is her usual fantastic self, and it's fun to watch Harrelson play an average, upbeat American guy. Throw the always riveting Kingsley into the mix and you have a motion picture that is above average in every way. By the time the film reaches its payoff, viewers will have felt as if they, too, took a ride on the Trans-Siberian Express.
Empire 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he film's familiar plotlines are given added zing from the claustrophobic train and the stunning landscapes, while Mortimer convinces as the good girl with the bad girl past." 03/01/2009
Brad Anderson
Ben Kingsley
Emily Mortimer
Eduardo Noriega
Woody Harrelson
Cast & Crew
Ben Kingsley - Star
Emily Mortimer - Star
Eduardo Noriega - Star
Woody Harrelson - Star
Thomas Kretschmann - Star
Kate Mara - Star
Xavi Gimenez - Director of Photography
Julio Fernandez - Producer
Will Conroy - Screenwriter
Brad Anderson - Screenwriter
Alfonso De Vilallonga - Composer
Brad Anderson - Director
Technical Info
Catalog ID 12499
UPC 00687797124999
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 111 minutes
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Review Harrelson can't wrestle a believable human out of this underwritten caricature named Roy, I am afraid, but Mortimer's Jessie, who at first seems a demure Christian from Middle America, is a delicate but ferocious construction, defined by urges and desires she battles but can't quite control. As Jessie and Roy rattle through the surprisingly beautiful snowbound towns along the Trans-Siberian Express (which takes six days to go from Beijing to Moscow), they fall in with an obviously sketchy couple...As recent patchwork-grade thrillers go, "Transsiberian" is a perfectly decent effort. I wasn't bored, and the turmoil and torment in Mortimer's performance are totally convincing. But like so many films in its genre, "Transsiberian" evinces a closed-down attitude toward the world, as if delivering -- with a certain ass-on-couch smugness -- the message that handsome Spanish globetrotters, worldly Russian cops and even spouses with a past are never to be trusted, and you might be better off observing them from afar. It's stretching a point to describe "Transsiberian" as a companion piece to "The Dark Knight," maybe, but both films congratulate the audience for a passive and cynical attitude that is both the ideal and the inevitable position of an overdosed spectator-consumer in our society.
Reviewer Andrew O'Hehir
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource The Village Voice
Review Though not one for literal smoke and mirrors, master of horror Brad Anderson, with his panache for arousing fear from harried reality and rotted atmosphere, is still a shaman. In his latest spooker, Anderson locates dread not just inside his characters' psyches but also in the lines across a babushka's face, the insides of a matryoshka doll, and Ben Kingsley's ushanka. The setting this time is the wintriest wasteland of Siberia, through which a train lumbers toward Moscow from China with a bobble-headed Christian dweeb (Woody Harrelson) and his wife Jessie (Emily Mortimer) on board, plus a lascivious Spaniard (Eduardo Noriega), a fishy narcotics officer (Kingsley), and a half-dozen other easily excitable foreigners seemingly pulled from Eli Roth's go-to central casting. At its queasy best--when absorbing the naturally phantasmagoric vibes of Siberia and surveying Jessie's grueling efforts to discard a backpack filled with unwanted goods--Transsiberian more subtly critiques our American sense of privilege than any of Roth's Hostel pictures. But just as nasty as the titular mode of transport is the script's wanton declaration of theme and a cynical and fashionable belief in moral grayness that may complement the frosty setting but nonetheless feels easy.
Reviewer Ed Gonzalez
ReviewRating 5
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Jenni Miller, Premiere This is one train that you shouldn't miss.
Kirk Honeycutt, The Hollywood Reporter A vigorous, fast-paced tale that entwines plot with character and psychology set against an incredibly exotic backdrop.
Lou Lumenick, New York Post ...a genuine sleeper that jump-starts an almost extinct genre.
Scott Tobias, The Onion A.V. Club ...a fine showcase for [Anderson's] versatility, adding to an impressive, under-the-radar resume...
Todd McCarthy, Variety An engagingly up-to-date melodrama steeped in local color and steered by a treacherous sense of morality.

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