All Tom can do is bury himself in his job as a train conductor, where at least he feels in control and everything runs on a predetermined track--until now. When the film premiered at Telluride and Toronto, there were some who doubted coincidences involving characters and trains. As Tom, Megan, and Davey gradually form a close bond, they begin the process of healing emotionally and letting go of their pain. Although she tries to force her 10-year-old son Davey Miles Heizer to die with her, he manages to escape from the car. Laura Danner Bonnie Root , a depressed single parent, finally decides to end her own life by parking her car on the Amtrak train rails.
Megan's condition deteriorates and Davey discovers that she is indeed dying. Note the branded advertisements for the Coastal Blue train behind him. However, the train hits and kills the boy's mother. She is uneven in this aspect. And young Miles Heizer does such a good job with the 9-year-old that I repeat a recent observation: Have you noticed in a lot of movies how natural, convincing and pure the performances of the child actors are? Summary: Tom and Megan Stark always thought there would be time--—time to have children, time to take that trip to San Francisco, time to fix the problems in their marriage. Overall the movie is worth watching, but it could have been much better.
We meet another mother and her young son. This movie reminded me of , another wretched film featuring overly-precocious child actors, train operations and a model railroad. Those sorts of things go with the territory, and I find it interesting that the screenplay risked them. Can a child save the driver and wife from their self pity? This is Tom Stark , and he doesn't merely love his job but feels a sense of duty about it that is part of the fiber of his being. Train fanatic Tom Stark's job enjoyment stops shielding him from grief over his wife Megan's now terminal cancer when Laura Danner commits suicide by planting her car on the railway just before Tom's train arrives. He follows the railroad book on all things, including life and death.
Watch this film, it's well worth the time and the money. The conductor explains the onboard amenities to the passengers. When she sees them out in the park for a picnic, she decides to call the police, but stops when she realizes that the boy is clearly part of a devoted family. But he wouldn't think of it. But other outcomes are possible, and given the places the movie took me and the implicit promises it made, I found no release and closure in the ending. There is a lot of tragedy and lot of tears and the wonderful acting keeps you involved throughout the movie.
However, I believe if another male actor had the lead part not Kevin Bacon it would get a better rating. Because much of it is well done, for what it is, I won't reveal key details. It's even worse for Laura's fatherless son Davey, who loses his home too. Davey has spent the first night after the incident with an empathetic social worker, Renee. And then one development leads to another and everything leads up to a final scene and a final shot that I found myself rejecting emotionally. Tom's train hits a car on the tracks in a tragic turn of events that, while not his fault, may still cost him his job.
The accident puts the Starks and Davey on their own collision course. . Die krebskranke Megan Marcia Gay Harden wartet daheim auf den Tod. He does not show the emotion needed to play such an emotional role. Not a movie I would buy. He has been told he can take the day off because of bad news he has received about the health of his wife.
She offers him some tranquillisers beforehand but, unbeknownst to her, he spits them out. The authorities are alerted and a search is initiated. The boy provides the best performance although it is not always well controlled. The two agree to raise him; however, it is later revealed that his wife is dying of. Suspended from his job, he must confront his wife Megan's Marcia Gay Harden illness finally, but Megan announces she is going to leave him.
The couple have no children, partly due to Megan's illness and partly because of Tom's job. The film ends with Tom and Davey approaching Renee's office hand-in-hand. Written by Mostly from beginning to end this movie is a train wreck of misery and grief. He turns up at the Starks' home and berates Tom for accidentally killing his mother in the train crash, but eventually he is placated. Davey, who blames Tom for his mother's death, soon heads to Tom's house to seek justice. The Ebert Club is our hand-picked selection of content for Ebert fans. A resident of the Seattle area since 1976, he has had a life-long interest in railroads, particularly those in the Pacific Northwest.