The Midnight Meat Train (18)

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Review byMatthew Turner05/11/2008

Three out of Five stars
Running time: 93 mins

Enjoyable horror flick with inventive camerawork, gory, horror comic-style violence and some superb fight scenes, though it nearly runs off the rails in the final act.

What's it all about?
Based on a story by Clive Barker, The Midnight Meat Train stars Bradley Cooper (Alias) as photographer Leon Kauffman, who's attempting to capture the dark heart of New York City for an art gallery exhibition. When a woman (Nora) he rescues from a subway mugging later disappears, Leon investigates and discovers that silent stranger Mahogany (Vinnie Jones) is butchering people on late night trains.

Unfortunately, the police refuse to believe Leon's story, so he sets out to photograph Mahogany in the act, trailing him to both his flat and his place of work. However, as Leon grows more and more obsessed with the killer, his girlfriend (Leslie Bibb) becomes concerned for his sanity.

The Good
Ryuhei Kitamura's direction is extremely inventive, with superb special effects, great fight scenes and some nifty camerawork, such as a point-of-view shot from a freshly decapitated head as it rolls across the floor. The film doesn't skimp on the gore either, though the violence is more horror comic-style than the nastier streak of torture porn-style violence that seems to be the norm these days.

Vinnie Jones is surprisingly good as the mysteriously silent Mahogany, which is a shame, because otherwise that joke just writes itself (wisely, he only has one line of dialogue). Cooper and Bibb are fine and there's strong support from Roger Bart as their best friend, while Brooke Shields contributes a pointless three-scene cameo as the art gallery owner.

The Bad
The plot starts off well but becomes increasingly unhinged and certain scenes seem like they belong in a different movie – there's a bizarre (non-explicit) sex scene for example that makes no sense at all. It also has that traditional horror movie staple of characters behaving like they've never seen a horror movie before.

Worth seeing?
The Midnight Meat Train is a stylishly directed horror flick that delivers lashings of gore and great fight scenes. Worth seeing.

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