This film does that. The acting is very hammy, the storyline extremely basic and predictable, and some of the characterization poorly rounded, not to mention an annoying introduction which explained nothing.
But it still achieves it's purpose. Just.
Straight-to-rental flick and the budget really shows starring Jean-Claude Van Damme as agent Jaques being paid to escort a thief who unknowingly knows that she's carrying three small vials of small pox on board of a train. the acting is very bad, some of the worst of Van Damme's entire movie career and some of the action sequences look unconvincing for it uses toy model train sets made to look real which was what film makers used to use during the black and white era for as an action film buff this 70% rating is the result of it's imaginative and never-before-seen action sequences for if the film had a much larger budget and tighter acting the film would've been decent. Also because it has more creative action sequences than say "Under Siege 2" another film which takes place on a train, this film has more going for it.
For a low budget action flick this film gets
3 out of 4
I first watched this film when I was a child. At the age of 11, the explosions got my attention and entertained my limited mind.
When returning to this film, I hate it. It has lost it's wow factor. This poorly edited action disaster lacks any and all major and minor aspects of pre production, location production, and post production elements of film. Not only does the story make no sense at all, but the majority of the scenes serve no purpose in the story. The scenes that do, are boring.
The film starts with confusing introduction sequences for the protagonists. After they enter the train, a band of 1990s stereotypes and flat characters litter the poorly framed shots. This sets up overblown action and under-designed miniatures. The lazy and sloppy work put into this film is inexcusable.
Though my overall reaction to this film is unprecedented boredom. The emotional content of the film doesn't sadden or engage me, it just offends and aggravates me.
This is quite possibly the worst film I have ever seen.
i would rate this lower but there are worst van damme movies out there and this is definitely one that is in the middle of good van damme and bad. some fun to be had but this film needed to focus more on the story telling aspect to ensure people could overlook the cheap action in front of them.
good by yourself but not a film that you will watch over and over again. you can do much worse then this