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Trans-Siberian [Blu-ray] (2008)

Woody Harrelson , Emily Mortimer , Brad Anderson  |  R |  Blu-ray
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Woody Harrelson, Emily Mortimer
  • Directors: Brad Anderson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • DVD Release Date: November 4, 2008
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,725 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Roy (Woody Harrelson) and Jessie (Emily Mortimer) are the perfect American couple traveling from Beijing to Moscow on the legendary Trans-Siberian Express train. The two strike a bond with another couple, Carlos (Eduardo Noriega) and Abby (Kate Mara), who are not exactly as they appear. Unwittingly, Roy and Jessie are caught in a web of drug trafficking and murderous deceit when all four become targets of ex-KGB detective Grinko's (Ben Kingsley) investigation.

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A ride with menace and fear December 17, 2008
By Nikolai
Don't worry: No spoilers. Transsiberian is an excellent thriller. A reviewer here aptly called it a neo-Hitchcockian film. A train ride in snowy Russia full of menace and suspense. As someone who has taken long train journeys in Russia, I can attest that the movie is quite good in transmitting their feel: from the vodka-lubricated friendly warmth of new acquaintances to the all too common hostile rudeness of train employees. And have no doubts about the suspense itself: the sense of dread and danger builds up gradually from almost nonexistent to just about unbearable. Emily Mortimer is superb as the central character. She has to exhibit a very wide range of emotions and she's absolutely convincing at all stages. Woody Harrelson is cast as Mortimer's husband. He is very credible as a friendly and rather naive Iowan who hasn't done much travel outside the US. He's also a train enthusiast--one of the reasons he's so thrilled about the Transsiberian. His wife is a woman with a wild past who turned her life around after meeting her husband, a committed Christian. They have to share their cabin with a young couple: Kate Mara, a young American, and Eduardo Noriega, a handsome Spaniard. Mortimer and Harrelson soon discover that their younger cabin mates are much better traveled than they are. Although they are friendly, Mortimer senses some mystery in the story of their companions. The last among the main characters is another train passenger, an English-speaking Russian narcotics detective played by Ben Kingsley. As it is often the case, Kingsley's character is both intelligent and intense. If you like suspense films, don't miss this one.
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brad Anderson scores with this intense thriller! September 23, 2008
I saw this movie in Los Angeles and was plesently surprised. This movie had me glued to my seat until the credits rolled. Anderson clearly has created a mystery masterpiece telling the story of a clueless couple, Woody Harrelson and Emily Mortimer, stuck on a cross country train ride through the grim backdrop of a post-soviet Russia. The two are caught in a whirlwind of drug-smuggling, torture and crooked cops. I haven't been this impressed with a movie for a long time and can't wait to buy this sucker on DVD disc!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing thriller from Anderson, major spoilers ahead December 20, 2010
** Spoilers ahead

For the most part, Transsiberian works as a suspense/thriller and captures the uncomfortable feeling of being a foreigner in another land. The director Brad Anderson does a commendable job setting up the relationship between the couple, their struggles, and their vastly different personalities. He also sets the stage for quite a finish, but the viewer will have to decide how well this is pulled off. I loved the scenery and much of the dialogue was satisfactory throughout. A slow, definitive build up to the main conflict is sorely lacking in contemporary films, but Transsiberian captures this. The basic premise is that an American couple, Roy and Jessie are (Woody Harrelson, Emily Mortimer) taking a trip home from China on the Trans-Siberian Express become involved in a plot involving an investigation of drug possession and an accidental murder. When Roy and Jessie happen to meet and share a cabin with another couple (Carlos, Abby) from the West, events begin to pick up, and the intrigue begins. The seemingly well-meaning couple has other plans and, after a mix-up where Roy and Jessie become separated, it sheds a bit of light on what is going on. Later, a Russian police officer (Sir Ben Kingsley) takes over the investigation, but his true intentions are a bit shady.

While most of the film was solid, there were some aspects of the film that irked me. For one, being that Jessie (Mortimer) was the strongest character, I found it appalling and puzzling how she could not and would not tell the truth at ANY costs (which included possibly having her husband shot to death and one of the characters who she befriended, Abby, tortured).
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47 of 62 people found the following review helpful
This one grabbed my attention when I read about it in the New York Times last month. The article made it sound like it might rival Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train or Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express. Well it doesn't. Not even close. Granted it does feature exotic Transsiberian locales from Beijing to Moscow, a train ride full of mystery and suspense, and the work of a set of top-notch actors. Unfortunately, everything that is attractive about this film is derailed by a script that takes one too many unlikely plot turns. So, instead of getting a suspense filled Strangers on a Train or an elegantly paced Murder on the Orient Express, we get just another Hostel or Turistas.

In the beginning there is the thrill that one is about to embark on an exotic journey into an area for the most part uncharted by Hollywood (Siberia), and the film does deliver a few glimpses of China and Russia that entice the eye. And, at first anyway, the characters and their relationships are intriguing enough to grab and hold our attention. Woody Harrelson is always good and here he delivers a fairly convincing performance as "Roy", a christian volunteer doing work with needy children in China. Roy is the typical bleary-eyed American optimist blissfully unaware of his own naivete. The fact that he wears Woodrow Wilson styled bifocals nicely underscores his limited vision of the world. This isn't Oscar stuff by any stretch but naivete is Woody's forte and since this character truly is caring and compassionate and sees only the best in other people he's actually quite likable. Since everyone else in this film is slightly jaded and gaurded and hiding a sketchy past, Roy's optimism and openness and childlike enthusiasm for trains is actually quite refreshing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great movie
Published 17 days ago by bart
4.0 out of 5 stars A long train ride proves dangerous for an American couple in...
A surprisingly exceptional thriller very much in the tradition of Hitchcock with a number of twists and turns, "Trans-Siberian" features a number of strong performances. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Wayne Klein
5.0 out of 5 stars If you love a train or road movie and a pretty terrifying ...
Very underrated movie. If you love a train or road movie and a pretty terrifying thriller this is for you. Loved it twice.
Published 1 month ago by Joe Dunphy
4.0 out of 5 stars Mostly strong
This movie is incredibly suspenseful for the first half or so; you know something big is coming, but you can't figure out what. Read more
Published 2 months ago by M.A.
4.0 out of 5 stars Transsiberian is a great mystery movie...
This movie is a must have in your DVD Collection. Its a great action-thriller and
a great mystery about how someone got killed on the Transsiberian Train. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Devils.Advocate666
5.0 out of 5 stars Full of intrigue and worry
Taking a train from China to Moscow the husband (Woody Harrelson) gets off the train to stretch his legs and doesn't get back on. The worry starts there and doesn't let up. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Gretchen
5.0 out of 5 stars Tough Russian Stuff
Innocent American newly-weds get lost in brutal, mafia-style crime, set in the stark beauty of the famous, Trans-Siberian railway. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Douglas Hopkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Transfixing
This was a transfixing movie. The action was fast paced and kept my attention at all times. The plot twisted and kept me guessing and I never felt as though I was sure of the... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Photo girl
4.0 out of 5 stars Transsiberean
I enjoyed watching this move DVD. The plot was a bit farfetched, but it was certainly interesting and entertaining. Acting was pretty good. Read more
Published 7 months ago by rudy willer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
This was an excellent copy. I love this movie. I can watch it several times and it's always interesting. I will recommend this seller.
Published 8 months ago by Sonya Walker
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english subtitles...
Yes, I just watched the DVD and it does have English subtitles available for hearing impaired. I don't know about the Blu-ray though.
Mar 6, 2009 by GHS |  See all 2 posts
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