Cusack and Liotta do a great job of anchoring this pic even though neither really strays too far away from characters they've played before. Cusack stars as a level-headed ex-cop with a heart of gold, stuck in this situation while trying to help someone he's hurt by accident and Liotta plays a gruff cop with a chip on his shoulder, stuck in the storm while transporting a dangerous criminal. They both do wonderful jobs of presenting two totally different characters trying to cope in their own way with the same situation. The delicious Peet stars as a quick-witted hooker named Paris who drops off the best line in the film while trying to get a snack from a candy machine. John C. McGinley, John Hawkes and Pruitt Taylor Vince stand out amongst the supporting actors.
Overall, credit for keeping the pace fast and tight has to go out to James Mangold who could easily have made a mess of Michael Cooney's twisted storyline. He keeps everyone in line and makes the best of a great set while keeping his cards close to his chest, revealing just enough to keep viewers interested, but not too much that the freight train will be seen coming a mile away. This is a movie to recommend to anyone who enjoys intense thrills without gore and seeing movies without being held by the hand.
A 15-minute featurette entitled Starz: On the Set is also included and it contains mainly little snippets of studio interviews with the stars, the director and his wife, the producer. Not really anything earth-shattering as I've come to expect with the studio mounted promotional fluff pieces. Mangold goes over some of the same stuff from his commentary and Liotta, Cusack and Peet chime in with their contractually obligated bits.
Aside from the standard Theatrical Trailer and star filmographies, a set of storyboard-to-film comparisons is also included with three scenes being looked at alongside the original storyboards.