No Budget, Poorly Done, and Full of Holes
If you saw this movie and enjoyed it, I can only feel sorry for you. This review does include information pertaining to the plot because I want to point out obvious plot holes. So watch your step, here we go. The movie starts out with a burglary of a bio-weapons lab. Jean-Claude Van Damme plays, Kristoff, a spy-dad who gets the assignment to escort the thief played by Laura Harring on a slow train out of the country. The fight scenes are all poorly choreographed from a fight sequence in a theater with wire harnesses in blurred effects to armed soldiers that just stand in line waiting to be punched by the hero. About 13 to 16 minutes into this movie 90 percent of the special effects budget was spent. The rest was done using old toy models from the Godzilla movies.
After horsing around with secondary characters the first plot hole shows up about 30 minutes into the movie. Mrs. Kristoff and kids show up on the train unexpected to wish dad a happy birthday. Even if Mrs. Kristoff knew the train he was going to be riding, how did she find his room? That's right, he had it switched when he got on board as a precaution. Now the "bad guys" show up and hijack the train. I guess you need an army to remove one person from a train heading down a track from point A to point B. In pure "evil genius" fashion the utterance of this man's name Mason Cole just sends shivers down everyone's spines. I was thinking, who? Yes, and Mr. Cole needs to hijack an entire train, with an army of men, and helicopter to retrieve just one person.
After more secondary and unknown actors are killed. The bio-weapon, a fast-acting air-born virus is released on the train. Which leads us to plot hole number two. Any first year med student would tell you that if the virus is air-born it is floating off the train contaminating the country side as well. But as the vile breaks the evil Mason Cole says, "We can make a cure with the remainder.". Excuse me? Does he hold a degree in biotechnology? Sometimes cures are not always easy to come by and this is a bio-weapon, they make them to kill people not cure them.
Some more pointless dialog, shooting, and Mrs. Kristoff tending to the sick people on the train, we have the infected Mr. Kristoff jump off the train on a motorcycle and Mason Cole is informed that Kristoff is no longer on the train. Kristoff catches up to the train and jumps back on unknown to all. Meanwhile Mason Cole finds out that Mrs. Kristoff and Mr. Kristoff are related and announces over the PA that he will kill his family unless he surrenders. This plot hole makes Mason Cole look very psychic.
During hostage negotiations there is another train piloted by a drunk, right down to a bottle in his hand, on a collision course for their train. The wreck is terrible the two trains fly apart and yet somehow they continue down the tracks unabated. The men in the control room says, "It must have just clip the tail.". Not from what I just saw! Both miniature trains flew off the tracks. Oh wait! That was the models not real trains.
Now we come to the part where the hero disconnects the train from the engine. We see a clear gap between the two sections as they slow the train cars. But as the model train comes into view the gap is gone and the whole train proceeds across the bridge. There is absolutely no gaps in the model yet it continues to exist in the shots of the three men as they turn the handbrake.
I don't expect Hitchcock or James Cameron quality from an action flick. However I do expect action which this movie didn't have. This was a serious low budget turkey that wasn't worth the time to view. It will put you to sleep with its lack of action.
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