A cheesy film with a heroic battle monk (no, I'm not kidding)
Oct 29, 2008
Sandra Carlson is looking for help for her son Joey, who is sick with a rare disease. The treatment costs 100,000 euros and the insurance company has turned her down. Desperate, she makes a bungie jump from a nearby church throwing flyers to the crowd that has gathered. The church decides to help her by sending her to a large religious gathering at Lourdes, where the pope will be. There is a chance she can get the money there.
Meanwhile, a group of terrorists lead by Lennart (Arnold Vosloo, famous for his role as Imhotep in the 1999 version of The Mummy) breaks into a secure facility and steals a deadly virus. The disguise themselves as monks and a nun to board the special train to Lourdes.
Also on the train is Brother Matthew, member of a secret order called "Pugnus Dei". (Kind of like the monk's "special forces") Traveling with him is rotund Brother Gladius and handsome Brother Lasko. Lasko joined the monks to find peace with himself after too much killing in the war. He's haunted by memories of the dying (shown in flashbacks). When little Joey remarks on seeing a nun in expensive Nike's and lipstick, Matthew becomes suspicious and looks for the nun. Unfortunately, the fidgety bad guys find him first and kill him. He's alive only long enough to pass his ring on to Lasko. Before dying, Matthew reported to his superior that there was trouble on board the train.
Now the law knows where to find Lennart and his gang, but Lennart doesn't want to be caught. The train is re-routed and it's up to Lasko and Gladius to save the day, and everyone on the train from the virus.
'Death Train' is a 2006 German film, quite a low budget one, but rather entertaining all the same. It's fast-paced and filled with action, including slo-mo martial arts and lots of explosions. I watched the film because I liked Arnold Vosloo so much from watching him as Imhotep in The Mummy. 'Death Train' is a Saturday afternoon film, perfect for lounging in front of the TV after mowing the yard. Some of the acting is good though much of it is not. The FX is decent, especially on the explosions. The fighting scenes are okay, though I felt the slo-mo went a little overboard. The plot is thin but lively. All in all, the movie was actually better than I expected it to be. My major disappointment was that there are no subtitles for the hearing impaired, but at least it was filmed in the English language. Rent, don't buy. Enjoy!