Unstoppable

An unmanned train carrying toxic and explosive materials stretching a half a mile long is gaining speed as it is tearing down the track at a blistering 80 mph through residential neighborhoods and commercial districts. That sounds like a recipe for a  high powered action movie and viewers are not disappointed.

Unstoppable tells the story of 777 a train on a rampage and Frank (Denzel Washington) and Will (Chris Pine) are the only two people capable of stopping the beast before it takes out a whole town of people.

The story itself is rather slow in starting out. It lays a lot of preparatory ground work in setting up the characters and the circumstances, but after the first fifty minutes the rest of the movie is packed full of high energy excitement. The slow build is worth the wait for one of the most adrenaline pumping movies of the year.

This is Tony Scott’s second attempt at directing a movie about a train starring Denzel Washington. Unstoppable might just be the redemption he needs to deal with the mistake of The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3. Tony Scott does an excellent job at building the audience trust and presents a story that is believable and exciting.

Washington and Pine work amazingly together and play off of each other perfectly. This is really Washington’s strength as an actor and Pine certainly measures up as someone who can stand next to this silver screen legend. It has been a while since we’ve seen Washington in a role that really allowed him to show more than one aspect of his ability and Pine is just getting started at proving his place in the industry. The acting and believability of the characters really make this film stand out as being more than average. Rosario Dawson, Kevin Dunn, and Lew Temple round out the cast and fill out the story perfectly.

One of the key elements to the validity of this film is that it was based on a true story. But how accurate are the real life events with the movie? It seems, big surprise here, that the real events were far less exciting. The original train 8888 never exceeded 50 mph and though it was carrying toxic materials the train was never on a collision course with a train full of kids (as the preview makes it seem is a much larger part in the movie than it actually was). That may make the story less exciting, but it doesn’t change the fact that it is extremely entertaining.

I give this film 4 stars out of 5. If you’re wondering what to watch this week before next weeks releases, I’d recommend it.

This film is rated PG-13 for sequences of action and peril, and some language.

This film is still in theaters.

If anyone hasn’t seen it yet, SNL did an Unstoppable movie preview spoof. It’s pretty funny and worth watching. Check it out here.

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1 Response to Unstoppable

  1. CMrok93 says:

    It’s predictable, and by-the-numbers, but for the time it goes on, its fun, but it should have hit harder. Nice post, check out my review when you can!

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