"We'd like to get off now..."
Dr. Lewis Shaler (Dougray Scott)
The film takes its time in developing its protagonists, allowing us as an audience to connect with them. Casting is key here, and the film makers have picked their actors well. Dougray Scott is particularly effective - he is certainly no stranger to action roles, but he successfully conveys the everyday working man caught in an impossible situation. His chemistry with potential love interest Kara Tointon and interaction with fellow passengers Iddo Goldberg (a real stand-out) and David Schofield is given weight thanks to the care and attention the writers give them at the start. So when the proverbial hits the fan, the characters bicker, argue and unite in (mostly) logical progression. The action is tight and efficient, with some solid effects work defying the low-budget constraints. And most refreshing of all is the lack of explanation for the faceless antagonist's motives. So many movies today feel the need to explain why a movie villain is doing what he is doing. Last Passenger keeps the audience fully invested with our heroes - who cares why this psycho wants to kill himself? Let's just get our guys off the train!
Slick direction and gripping storytelling makes Last Passenger a British action thriller to be proud of, with fully developed heroes and a mysterious, faceless adversary adding a breath of fresh air to the low budget genre movie.