Man on the Train
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A superb remake of the original French film by Patrick Leconte, this literate, slow-burn drama focuses on a transformative friendship that emerges between a sheltered professor (Donald Sutherland) and a laconic career criminal (Larry Mullen, Jr.)
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In this remake, I can only say with relief that it appears to be set in Canada, since it was wholly filmed there, and works better that way. In my view only Europeans of a certain character could pull off a film like this - never Americans, not as written - and this "Sutherland version" is a scene-by-scene, line-by-line remake. So in that sense, at least it does no damage to the original in any way.
Mullen's Irish brogue is certainly not hidden, and he oozes a sort of gay charm that I didn't ever perceive in Hallyday's original creation. In the original film, for example, Hallyday is simply a fellow man admiring the professor. In this version, Mullen gives strong indications that he is in love with Sutherland's professor. It isn't a bad idea, they didn't pursue it, that's life.
Surely viewers who know the original film will be puzzled as to why Mullen is made up to resemble Hallyday precisely, down to the goatee and wardrobe, and is indeed a singer in real life as Hallyday is. Those who were privileged to see the original will recognize the vitality of the slippers the professor gives the robber, and how all that is strangely missing here. Perhaps Sutherland doesn't like doing scenes about slippers.Read more ›
I'm not sure how to label this film. The best I can come up with is its a chick flick for guys, in other words a guy filck. Not a guy flick in the usual sense, of it has little value and lots of action. Just the opposite this movie encourages one to reflect. As a man I can say that I suspect a lot of men will not like this movie as many men dont want to contemplate the complexities of life.
Some people watch this and comment negatively on the distinct lack of dialog from the stranger character. I however found it interesting as this character spoke only as much as needed. It sets the dynamics for the difference between the two lead characters.
I would use words like dark, meaningful, reflective, soulful and at times humorous for this movie. Outstanding performances by both the male leads. It was refreshing to watch a movie that encouraged one to think instead of just being fed the usual tripe of so common in many movies today.
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Character study between two opposites. Nuanced and subtle. Mr. Sutherland is quiet perfection and Larry of U2 fame is wonderful.Published 21 days ago by Amazon Customer
I loved it! And not just because Larry Mullen Jr stared in it (even though that's the reason I watched it in the first place) but because I can relate to the whole opposite thing. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Kathy Torres
I picked up this movie just because I am a HUGE U2 fan and I love LMJr. This being his first acting gig, he did amazingly well. Read morePublished on August 25, 2013 by Kathy Maldonado
THE MAN ON THE TRAIN (2011) stars Donald Sutherland and Larry Mullen, Jr., respectively billed only as the old poetry 'professor' and the middle-aged bank robber with a poet's soul... Read morePublished on March 25, 2013 by Hui Shen ben Israel
A very good serious film.The story is enchanting and the acting of the two main actors is excellent. Read morePublished on December 31, 2012 by Ranjit
Larry Mullen Jr.
That's the drummer for U2.
He did well and I didn't even recognize him.
I love bank robbery movies. I don't know why. I just do. Read more
Not the greatest movie ever made, but a good yarn. Sutherland is always good. The movie has many long, quiet scenes which drag it down a bit, but I'm glad i bought it.Published on December 8, 2012 by Snowbird in Kentucky