Almost all the movies that begin with a notice that the movie has been produced with awarding funds from the British national lottery are excellent, and this is the case with Last Passenger. British fascination with trains has transferred onto me, and I ended up subsequently watching two more “train” movies. If you ever traveled by train, you know that feeling, almost magical but also a bit frightening as the huge mass of metal, weighing a couple hundred tons, keeps barreling down the rails. Knowing the limitations of the tight budget, Last Passenger concentrated on the script and the actors, and created an incredibly intense atmosphere without CGI, explosions and other stuff.

Last-Passenger-PosterLewis Shaler, a doctor in the ER boards a train with his kid Max, hoping to finally get home and rest. As fate would have it, his phone rings after a couple of minutes, and he steps outside the cart to take the call. Sarah Barwell, an event organizer who just got out of a bad relationship, befriends Max wondering where are his parents. Lewis gets back and soon he and Sarah start flirting, although now he has to go back to the hospital because there’s been a car accident. After he slept for a couple of minutes, Lewis realizes that Sarah isn’t in the cart, and he catches a glimpse of a last passenger boarding the train…

It’s truly amazing how I sympathized with almost all the characters in this movie, they were very realistic and excellent acting, especially from Dougray Scott, made it all even more intense. Atmosphere on the train was claustrophobic and very suspenseful, although it was traveling through the vast city of London. There’s been a tone of movies with trains, so there’s nothing new and innovative here, but maybe this is one of the advantages because it all feels cozy and familiar. Also it’s fun to play “what would I do” games during the movie, just as long as you remember that you are playing them from the comfort of your home and not in crazy train… All aboard!

Director: Omid Nooshin

Writers: Omid Nooshin, Andy Love, Kas Graham

Cast: Dougray Scott, Kara Tointon, Iddo Goldberg, David Schofield, Lindsay Duncan, Joshua Kaynama, Samuel Geker-Kawle

Fun Facts: Budget: $2,500,000


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