Transit (2012)

<strong class="MovieTitle">Transit</strong> (2012)

(On-demand video, July 2012) Straight-to-video genre movies seem on an upward quality swing lately, and Transit seems to be a perfectly good example of the form as it exists now: Reportedly shot with a paltry five-million-dollar budget, the film looks relatively good and progresses quickly, featuring a few action sequences along the way.  Jim Caviezel stars as an ex-con father whose family car is unwittingly used as a mule by thieves.  The opportunity for the family to reconnect through a camping trip is tested once the criminals come back to claim their stash: Mayhem ensues.  This isn’t more than a straightforward B-movie thriller, but recent advances in digital filmmaking lend a visual polish to the film that earlier examples of the form couldn’t match.  While the cinematography is far too saturated to be called beautiful, it is a striking example what is now possible on a modest budget.  The plot is just interesting enough to keep viewer’s attention, although a number of plot holes will strike the attentive viewer as distracting.  (It sort-of-helps that the contrivances are the kind that keep plots moving.)  Transit is not, to be clear, a good film.  But it’s entertaining enough given the modest expectations that come in tackling a film that has never played widely in North-American theaters.

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