Since Thora Birch will always hold a special part in my heart for actresses I try to see all of her films. Sadly, this usually results in one disappointment after another. But after watching 2008’s Train I was very pleased. The film is about a group of American athletes traveling in Europe for wrestling competitions. After a wild night of partying they miss their scheduled train and have to find another one. The train they get on ends up being a fatal mistake for a majority of the characters.
Basically the people in charge of the train perform black market surgeries. They look for tourists to harvest the necessary organs from. It’s very similar to Turistas, except on a train and not an exotic island. Thora Birch plays Alex, the main character and smartest/bravest of the group. She’s the heroine who after escaping risks her life to go back and get justice. Gideon Emery plays Willy. He’s been in a ton of roles, none very popular, mainly voice roles oddly enough. Todd Jensen (It’s Alive) plays the athletic coach.
Despite not having star power, the film was a good mix of gore, suspense and thoughtfulness. By the latter I mean the director was able to tie earlier parts of the film back to later scenes in clever ways. There were a couple of parts that made me look away because they were very gorey. But it wasn’t excessive like in The Collector. I found myself really like the tenacity of Thora’s character. She wasn’t the typical female character. As the viewer, I was really rooting for her to overcome all of the sadistic European killers and her character didn’t disappoint.