Trailer Tuesday: TRANSSIBERIAN

By at June 24, 2008 | 1:20 pm | Print

You may have read our coverage of Transsiberian, Brad Anderson’s (Session 9, Next Stop Wonderland) newest film, the Opening Night feature at the Independent Film Festival of Boston. Now the strangers-on-a-train thriller (yep, stole that from Norm) will be opening nationwide on July 18, 2008.

Kingsley at IFFB
Kingsley at the IFFB Q&A

Transsiberian follows an American couple played by Emily Mortimer (Lars and the Real Girl) and Woody Harrelson (No Country for Old Men just one of his latest) who decide to extend their vacation by taking the Trans-Siberian railway from Beijing to Moscow. During the long trip, they keep busy by listening to various horror stories about the severity of the Russian police and by striking up a friendship with a young couple also from North America. Enter deceit, fear, torture and Ben Kingsley.

I actually recommend not watching the trailer. Or at least not the 2nd half. It gives away more than you need to see. But for those who don’t mind seeing most of a film’s good scenes before paying $10 to watch it:

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Transsiberian gives you that “knot in the stomach” feeling the whole way through. You’re on the edge of your seat thinking of all the ways this couple, so out of their element, will get mixed up in something bad. But neither the story nor the main characters are as simple and formulaic as we peg them to be.

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