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Sunday, January 8, 2012

[6.25/10] Transit (2012)


Transit (2012)

Brief review: The After Dark Studios finally bring us something worth-watching. Pretty forgettable and at times absurd, but still worth-watching. "Transit" is taut and tense even from the very beginning, but as soon as the action kicks in, it becomes an edge-of-your-seat strained, leaving the viewer no time for a break. The script has some major flaws, and the characters, both the good and the bad, act illogically most of the time, but hey, we can't all be super-smart, can we? Jim Caviezel is the only well-known actor here, and he does a solid jobs as the protectful father with troubled past. Elisabeth Röhm is quite convincing as the mother, James Frain is downright intimidating as the leader of the gang, and the rest of the cast deliver passable performances. The strength of this fine thriller lies in its spot-on execution. Antonio Negret's direction is surprisingly skillful and diverse, the editing is edgy, and the whole pacing of the film is so briskly energetic it keeps you glued to the screen throughout, from start to finish. In terms of visuals, "Transit" is pretty adequate to say the least. The filters used by the cinematographer save the film from looking cheap, giving a slight slickness to the visuals, plus, some of the locations are absolutely beautiful, especially the marsh in the second half. The movie also has some really great sound effects and a pretty intense music score, that makes it much more exciting.

Overall summary: Aside from the characters' utter stupidity and an unnecessarily over-the-top final act, "Transit" is a tense, fast-paced and well-shot road movie, that entertains with a simple, yet twisty cat'n'mouse plot, exciting car chases, and many, many thrills along the way.

8 comments:

Melissa Bradley said...

I love your comments about the characters utter stupidity. Too true in many a horror film. This does sound like a interesting watch for a Saturday or Sunday lazy day. After Dark creates some of the dumbest films, it'll be nice to watch one without yawning through most of it.

Nebular said...

AH, they really made some stupid decisions, but if they weren't the movie could not be made. LOL.
Yes, I hate most ADS films, but this one was a pleasant surprise. Give it a shot if you have the chance.

BragonDorn said...

Great Movie!

Nicole✗✗ said...

Well this sounds interesting enough. I'll have to give this a shot. I kind of enjoy After Dark films. They are a bit cheesy and campy but I like that sometimes so I'm sure I'll enjoy this.

Nebular said...

BragonDorn, barely a great movie, but still a pretty decent one.

Nebular said...

Nicole, this one was surprisingly un-cheesy. Had great action, good story, and was very entertaining.

Anonymous said...

Movie is fun but what is spectacularly crisp is the sound. Sharp always audible throughout - awesome

George Beremov [Nebular] said...

Anonymous, I agree. The sound elevated the movie to another level. It was great. ;)