DVD Red Line

DVD Red Line
DVD Red Line

Rating: 4.8
Genres: Thriller
Director: Robert Kirbyson
Writers: Robert Kirbyson, Tara Stone
Stars: Nicole Gale Anderson, John Billingsley, Kunal Sharma
Terrified commuters are on the ride of their lives when terrorists send a subway train speeding out of control during rush hour. With the saboteur among them, a group of citizens are now trapped underground and in a race against time if they hope to see daylight again. Full of fast-paced action and suspense, Redline is a thriller that will have you holding on for safety. Written by Anonymous
Country: USA
Release Date: 16 July 2013 (USA)


  1. Despite the cover art and story-line, which screamed of "fast-paced action," the film was actually not like that at all. There were plenty of long face-shots and contemplative scenes; people just thinking and talking. And the story-line of "speeding out of control" is pure baloney designed to sucker you in; since in reality the train stays MOTIONLESS throughout the movie. Not to mention that "the saboteur among them" is an unnecessary spoiler. Rather, I prefer the other blurb, of "brought to a slamming stop…must deal with the greater danger that soon faces them" (which was written by yours truly).

    I much preferred Money Train and Pelham 123 (both the 1974 original and the remake), which I gave 8/10. Red Line is a 6/10 for me.

  2. As a thriller movie this one have adequate pace and twist. This is an average movie which worth watching when you are in light mode.

    Overall acting is quite descent. I think I like the absence of the over acting. Though the main theme was not very strong and it is somewhat vague that what was the main reason for the bombing. It was also not clear that what the terrorist was doing.

    Script was not bad but there was the need of some strong dialogues. Towards the climax everything happened very slowly and it was too detail, where speed could do so much better.

    Bottom line I enjoyed the movie 🙂

  3. A bomb goes off in an LA subway, and the survivors try to keep it together, care for the injured, and find a way out, all the while wondering who, if any, amongst them is the terrorist.

    For a very low budget film that some college students and faculty made as a project–something I didn't realize until after I'd seen it–REDLINE is quite good. All the same, the acting by just about everyone is dry-tepid, and most of the lines sound read rather than said. Plot-wise, it pretty much follows the formula, with the sort of twists that are meant to be surprising but are well-trodden to the point of being quite predictable. Who/who doesn't survive is another predictable factor.

    The notes at the beginning of the film cite some statistics about domestic terrorism that seem to promise the film will have a broader scope than it actually does. Partly by necessity, I suppose, the view is quite limited and claustrophobic. Some brief shots of the outside world–rescue efforts, news flashes, etc–during the course of the film would have been a big plus, but I can see how they didn't have the resources for that. More solid clues as to the motivations of the culprit would also have helped.

    Oh, well. REDLINE is a decent thriller if you like this sort of thing and aren't too demanding.

  4. Passengers on a train in Las Angeles get derailed by a bomb. While tending to the wounded, they find a second bomb. They try to figure out how to stop it. They also guess that the bomber is still among them.

    The bomber does fairly well at covering his tracks.

    They accuse a young man who looks middle eastern, but who grew up in the USA. He's not the bomber, of course.

    With some courageous action, they keep themselves from getting blown up.

    Do they make it through to rescue?


    Cinematography: 8/10 OK, though rather dark.

    Sound: 8/10 No particular problems, but some better incidental music might have helped the dramatic tension.

    Acting: 7/10 John Billingsley was great as the villain. Many of the other actors gave just middling performances.

    Screenplay: 8/10 Has a beginning, middle, and an end, plus reasonable dialog.

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