Compartment No. 6 tells the story of a woman who ends up in a train compartment with a man she does not know. The two of them start to talk and it quickly becomes apparent that they have a lot in common. As they continue to talk, the woman starts to realize that the man may be more than he seems. As the story progresses, the true nature of the man is revealed, and the woman must decide whether to trust him.
The two lead performances are excellent, and the chemistry between the two actors is palpable. The film is visually stunning, and the setting of the train adds to the atmosphere of paranoia and claustrophobia. Unfortunately, the arc of the story becomes predictable early on, and the pace is so slow that one needs to be very patient to get through it. Some may find the payoff rewarding but, for me, it left me feeling hollow.
Compartment No. 6 is a well-acted and beautifully shot film that falls victim to its own predictability. If you are willing to take your time with it, you may find something to appreciate. However, if you are looking for a fast-paced thriller, you will be disappointed.
(In cinemas in Australia – check your movie guide for your local show times.)