Film review: Night Train (Vertigo Releasing)

Heading to digital platforms in the UK next month, Night Train is described with the following synopsis – “A single mom struggling to make ends meet as a Hollywood teamster evades capture by a ruthless FBI Agent while running black market medical supplies in her legendary souped-up pickup truck.”

Night Train is not the film you think it is. It looks like it is full of action, but isn’t. It feels like a road movie, but isn’t. It has some psychological thriller elements, but doesn’t quite fit there either.

It is led by two women, Holly (Danielle C Ryan) and Sparky (Jillian Tremaine), one a teamster, one an FBI agent. The story of full of subplots and rough spots, love interests and tough bosses, subterfuge and a lot of slow paced set pieces.

Directed by Shane Stanley, I can’t see this appealing to the Fast and Furious crowd but might be of more interest to those who are open to the slower burn kind of film which isn’t led by big Hollywood names.

I found it took a while to get going, and – maybe it’s me – but the two lead characters looked vaguely similar which caused some confusion until they were both in the frame together.

Some of the supporting characters are close to caricature, but nothing worse than we see in a thousand crime series made for TV.

You can find Night Train pulling into all digital platforms in the UK from 11 Dec.

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