Parents' Guide to

The Last Passenger

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Taut train thriller's main issue is strong language.

Movie R 2014 97 minutes
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It's a simple story, told efficiently and effectively, and it has more drama than many blockbusters with far more noise and characters. THE LAST PASSENGER is much smaller scale than many movies, with a cast of six people stuck in a confined space. (It's so compact it could practically be a play.) But the limited set-up pays off. Director Omid Nooshin cranks up the tension as Lewis and the other riders try many ways to stop the train. Each attempt is more dangerous than the last, and none of them seem to work.

The movie's main flaw is also one of the reasons that the story starts off so effectively. The passengers are mystified by the hijacker's motivation, and so are the viewers. That creates mystery at the beginning of the film, but by the conclusion, it feels more like a major question left unaddressed. And though Scott is excellent, some of his fellow cast members aren't quite up to his sparring level. Still, the film is spare and smart and worth a watch.

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