A college wrestling team must square off against a sadistic group of killers after boarding the wrong train on their way to a match in the Ukraine. They must struggle to survive before their organs are harvested to help heal the locals. TRAIN has far more in common with TURISTAS than it does with TERROR TRAIN, upon which it was remade. The gritty filming, brutal violence, and Eastern European setting are all reflective of the Torture Porn trend initiated by Eli Roth and Greg McLean. To that extent, it is actually better than one might expect, though it still leaves much to be desired. Where the 1980 original is nearly bloodless, TRAIN holds nothing back as the murderous villains skin and disembowel each of their victims. Audiences may be willing to forgive the generic plot and characters in lieu of the gore, however it is difficult to overlook questionable moments in the plot where the train's other passengers are indifferent to the attacks on the Americans, let alone the implausible end where Thora Birch's Alex outwrestles her 300lb assailant. Gideon Raff churns out an average attempt based on the popular HOSTEL formula, giving gore fans just enough of the red stuff to warrant at least a single viewing.
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