"We'd like to get off now..."

Dr. Lewis Shaler (Dougray Scott)

When the midnight train from London to Tunbridge Wells misses its Tonbridge stop, overworked A&E doctor Lewis Shaler, his son Max and a disparate group of commuters realize that an unhinged passenger has commandeered the drivers cab and is Hell-bent on destroying everyone and everything in its path. Omid Nooshin's debut feature is a modest budget gem - the type of genre movie that this country can produce, but is rarely given the chance to see light on the big screen. Transplanting the classic runaway train scenario to the quiet Kentish countryside is a doozy and Nooshin, along with his co-writer Andrew Love, keep the thrills coming thick and fast without ever losing focus on the characters.

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.