THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN
THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE! (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)
CAN HE DO IT?
THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN
THE MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN (2008)
OK so let me tell you about this film and its stars before I give you the title. How about Bradley Cooper as a struggling photographer who wants to be discovered. He may have his when his fiancée (Leslie Bibb) cajoles her friend Jernigan (Roger Bart) into finally introducing him to art gallery owner Susan Brooke Shields), who’s not impressed. Says he should go out and find edgier material. She wants more than the usual – something that shows grit and danger and stuff like that. So he goes out late at night, enters a subway station and encounters thugs roughing up a pretty model. He takes pics, points out to the bad guy that they’re on a surveillance camera and gets a big wet kiss from said model. Well he ALSO gets a pic of a big silent guy (Vinnie Jones) who holds the door open for her. Next day, Susan loves the pics, wants more – and the girl is missing. Could Jones have offed her? Is there a subway serial killer in town? The police are no help – so Cooper finds him, follows him – and let’s just say that hilarity does NOT ensue. This film was co-produced and based on a short story by Clive Barker and was (barely) released in 2008. Let’s just say that Vinnie Jones (who does not utter one word until the very end of the film) is well cast as this physically imposing man who is a butcher during the day. This is one of the most graphic, gory films I have ever seen in my life. Looking to quietly condemn meat-eaters who devour animal flesh every day without a thought (Cooper’s character insists on the local diner frying up his tofu for his breakfast), the scenes of Jones and his victims on the deserted subway look like animals being slaughtered at a slaughterhouse. The tools he uses and what they do to his victims – extremely strong stuff. This film could have a cult following because of its stars and the extremes it goes to. I’m gonna have a rough time telling anyone who doesn’t have a strong stomach to even remotely glance at this. If you are adventurous and can deal with the slaughterhouse gore, there’s a decent story here. Others keep your MetroCard in your pocket and take a bus. Oh, the quite subtle title of this Grand Guignol-on-a-subway? The Midnight Meat Train. #91 on the countdown. Oh and here’s a little trivia: there’s a movie marquee in Cooper’s Silver Linings Playbook that he and Jennifer Lawrence walk under. The movie on that marquee: The Midnight Meat Train.