Upon watching Avalanche Express, Robert Shaw's final film I was ratherdisappointed. Shaw, one of my favourite actors, lines are dubbed andthis detracts from the viewing pleasure. This is not only because thevoice sounds nothing like Robert Shaw, but because the dubbing has beendone so poorly.<br><br>When I read a previous review which stated that it was not worthwatching, I tend to agree. The film is suppose to be an actionadventure but is nothing of the sort. To start off with, it is a verylong time before we actually get to any exciting parts, the mostmemorable being the train escape during the avalanche. The specialeffects are also worth a mention. The avalanche doesn't look hokey, Iwas actually more impressed than I thought I would have been. The mainproblem with the film is its slow pacing. I found myself drifting offto sleep several times during its screening. Any film that does that toyou really tells you something, doesn't it!<br><br>I think had both the star Robert Shaw and director Mark Robson not diedduring the production, it would have been something special. It had thepotential, but sadly it is not an excellent film. I only recommendpurchasing this film if you are a fan of Robert Shaw (Even though hislines are dubbed, its nice to see him in any film) or if you canpurchase it for less than $5.00 - $10.00 US (I purchased it on DVD,which was a surprise as I have only ever seen it for sale on VHS).<br><br>Final rating: 5/10 - I don't think it deserves to be called a bomb, butit certainly isn't a masterpiece. If your looking for an excellentaction/adventure film, check out Black Sunday starring this films star,Robert Shaw. I regard it as an underrated classic.
Action / Thriller
Action / Thriller
When a senior Russian official, Gen. Marenkov, decides to defect to the west, CIA agent Harry Wargrave is sent to lead the team to get him out. Malenkov reveals that the Russians are trying to develop biological weapons. Wargrave decides that Malenkov should travel across Europe by train, on the "Atlantic Express", in an attempt to try and lure the Russians into attacking the train so that they can discover who the Russian secret agents in Europe are. During the journey they must survive terrorist attack and an avalanche, all planned by Russian spy-catcher Nikolai Bunin.
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