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AT THE MOVIES: Trippy trio find fate on a train; THE DARJEELING LIMITED (15, 104mins).

Byline: MARK ADAMS

THE STA R S: Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, Jason Schwartzman, Amara Kahn.

THE STORY: Three dysfunctional brothers (Wilson, Brody and Schwartzman) meet on a train called The Darjeeling Limited for a journey across India aimed at bonding them back together.

There's an escaped cobra along the way and they are eventually thrown off - but they realise that the destination matters less than their journey.

THE VERDICT: Director Wes Anderson's strange and at times wonderful comedy will delight fans of his quirky and self-aware style (developed in films such as The Royal Tenenbaums and The Life Aquatic).

But equally, it may irritate those who don't buy into his unique but at times annoyingly slight movies.

Owen Wilson is impressive as the injured brother Francis (all blackeyes and bandages) while Adrien Brody is charming as Peter, on a journey to escape impending fatherhood.

But Jason Schwartzman is annoyingly bland when his character should be the most interesting of the lot.

The film is beautifully shot and full of bittersweet comedy drama.

Essentially it goes nowhere - but in the end this doesn't distract too much from a journey which is both delicate and enjoyable.

FINAL CUT

Engaging comedy drama just about stays on the rails. ****

Opens Friday November 23

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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Nov 18, 2007
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