"Last Passenger will have you gripped from start to finish and is a definite must see"
We've seen runaway train thrillers before, and while it is a familiar cinematic territory, Last Passenger just has something more to it. Whether that may be the ingenuity of writer/director Omid Nooshin's directorial debut, or perhaps it's the wonderful chemistry between the two leads. Whatever it is, you'll have fun finding out.
The film takes place on a moving train, where Lewis Shaler (Dougray Scott), an ER Doctor is travelling back with his son Max (Joshua Kaynama), who accidentally spills coffee on the young Sarah Barwell (Kara Tointon), provoking a conversation to strike up between the three. When we get down to the last few people on the train, it soon becomes apparent that the driver has a sinister plan in store for the remaining passengers after missing a couple of key stops on the journey, while the guard is absolutely nowhere to be found.
The film then kicks into a full on survival story with the remaining passengers banding together to try and stop this unrelenting train. Unlike what we usually see in a picture such as this, Nooshin has presented his title smartly, as the lead characters don't forcefully display extra abilities that they'd not usually have, instead opting for a more naturalistic approach, as Nooshin keeps the film grounded, instead allowing the characters to act organically to the situation they are presented with.
While the story centres on the lead characters of Lewis and Sarah, the supporting cast (whilst small in numbers) are commendable and certainly believable as they try to solve the potentially fatal problem at hand, with David Schofield's Peter Carmichael an interesting character, and one that is increasingly easy to dislike, working almost as a pantomime villain.
On the whole Last Passenger will have you gripped from start to finish and is a definite must see. A fine debut for a director that is worth keeping an eye out for, as we anticipate his sophomore project.