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Trans-Siberian (Blu-ray)

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One of those legendary train trips that people used to dream about taking, the Transsiberian Express has probably seen better days. An American couple, Roy (Woody Harrelson) and Jessie (Emily Mortimer), decide to return home the long way from their recent sojourn in Peking and meet another couple from the West, Carlos (Eduardo Noriega) and Abby (Kate Mara), with whom they quickly form that tenuous bond that often unites fellow travelers away from home. When Roy gets separated from the train at a stopover, Jessie begins to realize that their compatriots aren't exactly who or what they seem to be. But the real dangers of their unforgettable trip have only begun to surface; Russian cops (Ben Kingsley plays one), mobsters, and locals are still to come.


Studio First Look Home Entertain
SKU 208418762
UPC 687797124968
UPC 14 00687797124968
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 11/4/2008
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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
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Video Format Blu-Ray
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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