19 May 2012
Late Night Train - Lisa's Review
*** Spoilers ***
If you are a regular reader (are there any?) and are reading this review, you could be forgiven for wondering if you have been here before... as in last week. This movie IS 'Last house on the leftt' with the forest being replaced by a train. The actual similarties are uncanny.
Here we have the same 2 naive girls Lisa and Margaret, who board a train to spend Christmas with Lisa's parents. Its all very steady and plodding along, I'm getting rather bored and very irritated by our female stars who are doing nothing to ingratiate me to them. Throw into the mix a couple of one dimensional thugs (who we are introduced to as they mug Santa!). Of course the same 2 guys make their way onto the same train with Lisa and Margaret. Initially they help the guys hide from the ticket inspector in the loo's but grow steadily more wary of them due to their changing behaviour and aggression.
A scene which initially REALLY pissed me off was the first sign that our bad guys are scum when one of them attempts to molest a rich female passenger in the train toilets. The reason for my disgust is the woman is about to get raped but decides she is actually quite enjoying it. I mean COME ON!!!! My disgust later turned to a nodded Hmmmm as this females character is uncovered. She makes the 2 bad guys look like 'Bert & Ernie'. This is one good thing I would say for the movie is that her character is well and truely one of the most depraved, remorseless, sick female characters on film I have ever watched. Unusual to see this and there should be more of it to be honest.
So, our 2 girls change train when we have a stop due to a bomb scare but they find the 2 guys and their new female 'friend' onboard the same train. They force their way into their carraige and the nastiness well and truely commences. I'm not going to go into full detail, but needless to say its not nice and I did not enjoy watching it. What I would say though that most of the horror is implied and left to our own minds.
The attacks are brutal, violent and obviously sexual as you can tell a mile off that is going to be the emphasis in the movie. We have the innocent virgin (as in LHOTL) and we keep flitting back to Lisas parents preparing for the girls arrival for Christmas in high spirits (again much like the parents in LHOTL for the birthday party).
What is rather shocking is how much the attacks are pushed by the new female member of this little gang. She seems to be the sick mind behind it all. There is the stereotypical humiliation, stripping, rapes, abuse and violence. Another passenger is even pulled into it all when he is caught watching some action, but he manages to run off.
One girl is so terrified, when she manages to escape into the toilets, she throws herself from the train and ultimately to her own death just to get away from them. There is also a VERY uncomfortable scene with the other young girl (a virgin) being 'broken in' with a knife. She dies from blood loss and they throw her body and possessions out of the train.
As with last weeks movie, the gang 'coincidentally' end up in the home of one of the murdered girls parents (I won't bore you with details) and again, like last week an item worn by one of the gang members gives the game away and we have the start of the revenge of the parents.
Frustratingly AGAIN, like last week it just doesn't cut the mustard. It isn't satisfying. It wasn't enough for me. This movie spends an age setting it all up and the revenge of the parents is over in a heartbeat, whats more is that the blonde nasty cow gets away with it all as she claims the guys tried to atack her too! Wheres the justice in that? What was the point? We are left wondering what is going to happen to her at the end of the movie.
I wouldn't say this was a bad movie. It is LHOTL rehashed and in my humble opinion, it doesn't do the job as well. I wouldn't say avoid it, but I wouldn't say rush out and see this now! If you've seen one of these, you've pretty much seen them all. Change of subject matter please!!!!
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