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  • Summary: When Leon Kaufman’s latest body of work – a collection of provocative, nighttime studies of the city and its inhabitants – earns the struggling photographer interest from prominent art gallerist Susan Hoff, she propels him to get grittier and show the darker side of humanity for his upcomingWhen Leon Kaufman’s latest body of work – a collection of provocative, nighttime studies of the city and its inhabitants – earns the struggling photographer interest from prominent art gallerist Susan Hoff, she propels him to get grittier and show the darker side of humanity for his upcoming debut at her downtown art space. Believing he’s finally on track for success, Leon’s obsessive pursuit of dark subject matter leads him into the path of serial killer Mahogany, the subway murderer who stalks late-night commuters – ultimately butchering them in the most gruesome ways imaginable. With his concerned girlfriend Maya fearing for his life, Leon’s relentless fascination with Mahogany lures him further and further into the bowels of the subways and ultimately into an abyss of pure evil – inadvertently pulling Maya right along with him. (Lionsgate) Expand
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Reviewed by: Jenni Miller
    75
    It's equal parts shivery and silly -- eyeball popping in slo-mo!
  2. Reviewed by: Luke Y. Thompson
    70
    Director Ryuhei Kitamura (Versus) is a bit weak when it comes to storytelling, but there are few who could so enthusiastically stage a butcher fight amid hanging human carcasses in a subway car.
  3. May not be grade-A prime, but it ain't chopped liver either.
  4. Reviewed by: Rob Nelson
    50
    Film isn't scary, per se, but it's mostly effective nonetheless, with Cooper capably steering his character from charming young artist to nervous wreck, evoking Ralph Fiennes' more unhinged turns along the way.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 21
  2. Negative: 3 out of 21
  1. KM
    Mar 19, 2009
    10
    Makes for an awsome Gorefest collection. As a blood and guts horror film it is perfect, but as an overall I'd probably give it an 8
  2. PaulK.
    Sep 14, 2008
    9
    This film was robbed in the distribution department. What gives? I don't understand why Midnight Meat Train didn't get a proper This film was robbed in the distribution department. What gives? I don't understand why Midnight Meat Train didn't get a proper release in theaters. Relegated to the "midnight movie" in Denver six weeks after it was released? Yes, it's bloody. Yes, it's sick. Yes, it's twisted and unless you've read the short story, I'm guessing this train's end of the line will come as a surprise. Clive Barker is one psychotic fucker, that's for sure. See it on the big screen if you get the chance. Expand
  3. mattb
    Feb 13, 2009
    9
    Excellent horror movie. Very different.
  4. DanH.
    Aug 6, 2008
    8
    Went to see this based on a mild recommendation in the PodCouch Film podcast...I thought they were right that the film's dramatic arc Went to see this based on a mild recommendation in the PodCouch Film podcast...I thought they were right that the film's dramatic arc was pretty weak, but I loved the gore scenes which were IMO why the movie was made in the first place. Good direction, too. Expand
  5. JasonP
    Oct 7, 2008
    7
    One of the few times I didn't have to lower expectations simply because it was a horror movie. Good adaptation of a classic short story.
  6. ChadS.
    Aug 6, 2008
    6
    Brooke Shields, microfiche, a shout-out to American neo-expressionist painter Jean-Michel Basquiat, okay, we get it, "Midnight Meat Train" is Brooke Shields, microfiche, a shout-out to American neo-expressionist painter Jean-Michel Basquiat, okay, we get it, "Midnight Meat Train" is neither contemporary, nor self-consciously a period piece of the recent past. We're in the midnight movie world. The set-up is fine. Butcher by day, serial killer by night, Mahogany(Vinnie Jones) is, if anything, a literary villian. Standing in his way of unchecked slaughtering, a vegetarian shutterbug, Leon Kauffman(Bradley Cooper), a photo artist who sees something in a picture that he shouldn't have, like an ersatz Michaelangelo Antoinini protagonist. The cops think he's crazy; his girlfriend Maya(Leslie Bibb), too. This is when "The Midnight Meat Train" takes a wrong turn and gets a little muddled. Gradual changes in Leon's personality suggests that he's undergoing a transformation; for instance, he orders a steak. But why does the tofu fan order a steak? Was it predestined that this law-abiding man stumble upon this secret world? At one point, Mahogany seems to be grooming Leon to take his place, but later in the film, he's trying to kill him. With its allusions to Alfred Hitchcock's "Shadow of a Doubt"(Leon learning about Mahogany's history at the library, Leon throwing Mahogany off the train), Leon becomes the Joseph Cotten character in the Hitchcock film, who learns that "the world is a foul sty", that "the world's a hell". Susan Hoff(Brooke Shields) told Leon to find the city, and boy, did he find more than he bargained for. In the bowels of the city, the vegetarian learns about his true nature. Marred by some bad melodrama between Leon and his weepy girlfriend, and the horror movie cliche of characters putting themselves in harm's way, "The Midnight Meat Train" works as a hyper-real nightmare that doesn't take itself too seriously, and almost overcomes its deficiencies in tone(Leon becomes a maniacal conspiracy theorist mode after one trip to the library) and logic(we only meet one person on the outside who's engaged in the cover-up). Expand
  7. BobMetal
    Mar 28, 2009
    1
    oK the name itself if the biggest turnoff i've ever seen... How did they decide the name, did they spin a wheel or something. don't oK the name itself if the biggest turnoff i've ever seen... How did they decide the name, did they spin a wheel or something. don't even bother. It will make you not want to go on the subway at midnight ever again for no real reason... Expand

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