Compared to "Speed" or
Set on a "slam-door" train (versus newer vehicles fitted with purportedly safer automatic doors), this compact picture finds half a dozen late-night riders stranded on a London commuter train whose brakes have been sabotaged. Once these passengers — including a widowed doctor (
Rounding out the unnerved sextet are a kindly grandmother (
The film is impressively directed by Omid Nooshin, who co-wrote with Andy Love. Although the film, Nooshin's first feature, takes a while to become fully propulsive, it eventually puts forth an effective series of red herrings, close calls and clock-ticking action scenes. That certain situational elements remain a mystery ultimately enhances the narrative.
Scott makes for a sturdy hero, though his character is — and this is a plus — more thinking man than macho bruiser. Goldberg is also compelling as a deceptively resourceful tough guy.
Also noteworthy: the excellent nighttime lensing by Angus Hudson and the urgent, evocative score by Liam Bates.