Rattling along at a fair old pace and proving an enjoyable ride for most of its running time, The Last Passenger delivers the goods.

Okay, that may be enough travel-based puns considering this Brit flick is set almost entirely on a train, but you get my drift.

Having been given a blink-and-you’ve-missed-it cinema release late last year, director Omid Nooshin’s effort will hope to gain a better audience on its DVD debut.

And it deserves to, thanks to a potent mix of action, suspense and solid performances.

Things kick into gear right from the off as we join a gaggle of train passengers making their way home from London late one night.

We are introduced to dad Lewis (Dougray Scott), his son Max (Joshua Kaynama), Sarah (Kara Tointon), the aggressive Jan (Iddo Goldberg) and plenty more – all sleepily making their way back to Kent after nights out.

As the passenger numbers dwindle down to a mere handful, things take a turn for the sinister when the train’s guard is offed and the train is commandeered by a nutter whose only intention seems to be crank up the speed and cause havoc.

Quite why he’s doing this is anybody’s guess, but before long the train is rattling through the countryside at high speeds, obliterating cars at level crossings and leading the police a merry dance.

Naturally Lewis and co don’t simply sit on their hands, attempting to slow the train down by any means possible, leading to a series of high-energy sequences with passengers dangling out of the train and the like.

It all builds to a fiery climax which ties things up neatly, if a little too conveniently.

Performances wise Scott and Tointon make for a decent lead couple, and the film does eventually give some depth to Goldberg’s Jan and David Schofield’s Peter, although for the bulk of the running time they are relegated to annoying cardboard cutouts.

Nooshin was clearly trying to evoke the likes of Duel with the total lack of motive afforded the psychopath (who is barely even seen), while the film stacks up favourably against other train epics such as Unstoppable or, going back a bit, The Cassandra Crossing.

There are faults – the antique train jars right from the off for example (when the film is clearly set in modern day) and some character shifts don’t really ring true.

But in the main this is a fast-paced, exciting thriller that certainly warrants a watch.

VERDICT: [rating=3]

About The Author

Simon Fitzjohn

Simon is a journalism tutor in London, who also just happens to be a movie fanatic, with a craving for the darker side of cinema. He has written two books, one on the horror films of director Bob Clark (2014) and the other on the history of the character Norman Bates (2015). His third book, on the work of British exploitation director Pete Walker, is due in 2017.