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It was a bit clunky and some of the acting was not star quality, but the story was entertaining and watching the trains running here locally was fun. I especially enjoyed the camera work done at the model railroad. It showed off the club layout very well. I am quite familiar with this layout which is over 4,200 square feet and was interested in how they would portray it in what I presume was to be a smaller space. They did a fine job.
I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys railroading, either the 1:1 prototype or the models. Kids will especially like it because kids are the lead characters.
The seller shipped right away and I had no problems with the video.
As other reviewers have noted, the best parts of this movie are the gorgeous shots of railroading: HO, live steam, and 1:1 i.e. the Real Thing. Trainiacs (and you know who you are!) should probably just go ahead and add a star for that alone! It is the acting and perhaps the writing and directing that is not quite up to snuff IMHO.
To begin with, there seems to be a real disconnect between various parts of the movie. The allegedly humorous, Macgyver-ed up, and somewhat dumbed-down kid's antics don't really fit too well with the drama and high tension of the adult antics. Whether out of a desire not to scare kid viewers or the kid actors themselves, special effort appears to have been made to drain all but the very last kid scenes of any sense of tension or danger, which thoroughly un-suspends disbelief. As long as the kids aren't worried about being trapped on a runaway train, why should the viewer be?
Second, the adult acting is something of a mismatch as well. The villain is portrayed as such a one-note force of evil that his final change of heart, motivated by his to this point never expressed love for his son, doesn't ring true. In contrast the Grandfather is portrayed as such an insubordinate old cuss that even a non-evil-incarnate new boss might have been compelled to fire him, and his response to being fired is so selfish and self-centered as to make him largely to blame for provoking the events of the ensuing near tragedy.Read more ›
It's a good old-fashion story with a "superhero grandpa." I'd like
to seem more adventures with grandpa as the star and hero, neat idea.
My grandchildren are the right age for this kind of wholesome fun:
cheer the hero and booo the villian.Train Master
Reviewer: Judy Horan
Company: MTI Home Video
Writer: Phil Bransom
Director: Phil Bransom
Producer: Phil Bransom
Runtime: 94 min.
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Starring: Jonathan Hall, Michael Biesanz, Mercedes Rose, Elijah Nelson, Ia Gilbert, Daniel Nelson, Noah Smith, Bryce Walters, Bruce Chesse, Robert Zorn
Jeremiah Wilson is truly the Train Master of Williamette Western Railroad. He lives, breaths and eats railroad. When Brett Banner, the heir to New York Eastern, talks his dad into purchasing Williamette Western, there is immediately a clash between himself and Jeremiah. Jeremiah is fired by Brett two years from retirement and turns into an angry, depressed grandfather. When Brett's nine-year-old son, Justin, realizes Jeremiah's grandson, Thomas, can drive a locomotive, he kidnaps and holds Thomas' favorite dinosaur for ransom. Justin, Thomas and three other children board an old engine in for repairs and accidentally turn it into a runaway engine causing a chain reaction of events.
Jeremiah Wilson is the "Train master" of Willamette Western Railroad In Willamette, Oregon. The New York Eastern Railroad and Brett Banner make a deal to buy the WWRR. Brett assures the owner he will not let any employees go and will treat them fairly. With this new transaction the two men's families become intertwined because of the railroad.
Brett and his son, Justin, move to Willamette with a very arrogant and superior attitude. Justin must attend the same school as Jeremiah's grandchildren, Sara and Thomas. Together the three children get into some serious trouble that forces Brett and Jeremiah to work together to save the kids.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My grandson age 7 loves this movie. He has it memerized.......Watched it "lots" of times. Good learning tool for children.Published 19 months ago by Patricia K.
Cute little story. Parts of this were filmed inside of my mother-in-laws house in West Linn, Oregon.Published 19 months ago by Dennis Kaufman
As far as this being for kids, there is no doubt that is who the target audience was. While troubling to see the complete inaccuracies of railroad operations, and the outright... Read morePublished on August 22, 2013 by JC
OMG this is THE worst acting I have ever witnessed in a feature film. The screen play is worse than the acting. Read morePublished on July 21, 2013 by Gregory Leslie Williams
This movie is beautifully shot, great for train fans and kids, but the over-the-top, badly acted bad guys distracted me from an otherwise great kids train movie. Read morePublished on May 20, 2010 by Kris