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The Midnight Meat Train

December 29, 2012 by   | Category: Reviews
The Midnight Meat Train

With a name like Midnight Meat Train, you’d probably expect this movie to be full of gratuitous violence and sleaze. But surprisingly, the film is one of the better straight-to-DVD movies released in the last few years. Starring Bradley Cooper, Vinnie Jones, Leslie Bibb, Brooke Shields, Ted Raimi and Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson, the star cast is surprisingly good and unexpected from a movie like this. Despite its straight-to-DVD status, the thrills are as good as any major horror/thriller blockbuster.

 To make a long story short

 Leon (Bradley Cooper) is a struggling photographer trying to make it big in the business. He lives with his steady girlfriend Maya (Leslie Bibbs) who is a waitress. In a bid to help Leon, Maya requests her friend Jurgis (Roger Bart) to introduce Leon to a big gallery owner, Susan Hoff (Brooke Shields). When Leon meets Susan and shows her his work, she puts him down by saying that it is mediocre. Susan tells him to come back when he’s done something challenging and worth displaying. Disheartened, Leon decides to push his boundaries. He goes into a subway station where he saves a girl from a group of thugs by clicking their pictures and scaring them away. He feels exhilarated and happy to have helped the girl and taken some bold pictures. However, he finds out the next day that the girl is missing. When the police refuse to take him seriously, he decides to investigate on his own. He comes across a mysterious stranger (Vinnie Jones) in the subway and soon finds out a terrible secret that could cost him his life and the life of Maya as well.

 Acting/thrills and chills

 Vinnie Jones revels in his role of the mysterious stranger stalking the subways. Bradley Cooper shows that he is more than just a good-looking actor and gives a convincing performance as a struggling artist who gets caught up in a murky world. Ryuhei Kitamura, who has previously directed “Godzilla: Final Wars” does a good job of showing us the terrifying underbelly of a city that’s just like any other on the surface. The horror scenes and gore are detailed and do justice to the story. The climax is somewhat unexpected and although derived from an urban legend; it delivers a good twist as any good horror movie should. All said and done, “The Midnight Meat Train” could be a good pick for your next DVD rental.

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