Train of the Dead (2007) (Chum thaang rot fai phii )Movie Review
Written By: FR
Edited By: Grave Reviews Staff
Director: Sukhum Mathawanit
Writer: Sukhum Mathawanit
Producers: Sukhum Mathawanit, Thawatchai Phanpakdee, Rachada Wongampaihol
Date Released: Month Day, Year
Kett Thantup as To
Savika Chaiyadej as Rahtree
Sura Theerakon as Joke
Chaleumpol Tikumpornteerawong as Kai
Lakana Wattanawongsiri as June (as Yarichada Wattanawongsri)
Phoomjai Tangsanga as Mued
Warot Pitakanonda as Ake
Saowaluck Siriaran as Phii Mae
Rating = 0.5 /5 Graves
***May contain some spoilers***
While trying to escape the police, a gang of fumbling robbers crash their getaway car into the shack where Toh (Kett Thantup) is resting after a dirt bike race. The robbers decide to take Toh hostage and somehow they hoist him on board a train. The train turns out to be a carriage of the souls.
There is not a lot of blood and gore. Among the robbers is a junkie whose hallucinations provide the opportunity for some of the scarier moments of the movie. Others, like gang leader Joke (Sura Theerakon) make us cringe with his pathetic attempt at acting tough, and Phoomjai Tangsanga (as the cowardly Mued) serves up a gory decapitation sequence. The special effects are hit or miss. Some are better done, some look so fake.
The Grave Review
Train of the Dead (2007) might as well be really on a train wreck. The movie looks like produced by someone who wants to learn how to make a movie. The script is so bad, the storyline is all over the place, there is absolutely no direction. It did not even give each character to develop its backstory. It’s like each segment is decided right during that moment.
While trying to escape the police, a gang of fumbling robbers crash their getaway car into the shack where Toh (Kett Thantup) is resting after a dirt bike race. The robbers decide to take Toh hostage and somehow they hoist him on board a train.
There is pure lack of common sense at every level. Getting on a train can never be a good way to flee the cops, but then writer-director Sukhum Mathawanit is not interested in logic. He is only interested in dishing out the ‘thrills’ – and the locomotive serves as a metaphor for ‘carriage of souls’. Yes, the plot gets unraveled very early in the movie and we are left having to tolerate repetitive scenes of squabbling among the robbers, passengers who appear and disappear from the carriages – and very amateurish and annoying acting.
During the last 10 minutes, we find director Mathawanit rushing to ‘wrap up’ the plot and explain the ‘real’ destination of the train – a fact we have already deduced in the beginning. Also, throughout the movie, we get distracted by dark blotches used to black out the ‘F-word’ in the English subtitles. This is so badly done that the blotches tend to highlight the offending words instead.
On the whole, “Train of the Dead” is beyond salvation. You will not last the first half hour of the movie and you will give up. You already the whole story. It will not keep your interest going.
For the foregoing reasons, Grave Reviews gives Train of the Dead (2007) half grave out of five graves.
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