If you have seen the trailer for this film you know exactly what is going to happen in it: runaway train with highly explosive cargo heads towards built up area with only two gutsy railwaymen and their underappreciated female manager between it and disaster! Indeed, even if you haven't seen the trailer you could probably sketch the back story of every character in the film and how these stories are going to resolve just based on the 25 word summary I have just given.
That said, over the past 6 months I have found few more entertaining ways to spend a few hours in the cinema. Denzel Washington, Chris Pine and Rosario Dawson are typically charasmatic in roles that don't tax them excessively but which they deliver effortlessly, and the predictability of the movie strangely adds rather than detracts from the tension.
Perhaps not a classic, but crowd-pleasing enterainment, professionally done and almost guaranteed to leave you with a smile on your face.
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I was dubious about watching this film as I thought the train out of control theme has been overdone. But I recommend you give this one a try as it manages to keep you gripped all the way through. You will probably assume you know what happens in the end, but that doesn't matter, it will still keep you watching and is a great action film that you can easily watch again. Take a ride!
Recorded this on TV as , "may be watch able", I also have "The old "Runaway Train" DVD, starring Jon Voight.
* But Just ordered this on Blu ray region 2*
As a rail fan, and of simulators, I was already into the film, fascinated by the workings of US rail roads. However, I found the level of live action, and sheer build up to the first accident at a crossing , fit enough to say WoW!. No Wonder Chris Pine got the Job as Cptn Kirk, he certainty showed, not only believable worry about his personal life, but he definitely has the physical quality's to do some pretty demanding stuff. No need to give away plot here, but of course always some daft employee who takes a short cut at work, and creates a drama. I was expecting "Runaway train", but instead got a really masterful creative treat, with great scenery, the usual bosses making decisions based on how to not lose a lot of shares, and a great rail road controller, who , even through some idiot employees, being a bit obnoxious., manages to fill in all the spaces.
You seen 007 drive a car on a railway line, in Octopussy,? Fiction yeah? Then prepare for a surprise as the Rail company's own car drives on rails :P
An Excellent buy, for a lot of Movie, cant wait to here it 5.1 when the blu -ray arrives. if you liked "Runaway Train", but wasn't keen on the violence and language, then, this is the movie for you. 10/10
It’s a rare ‘action’ film which doesn’t really bother with some sort of ‘evil’ antagonist. Many people have likened ‘Unstoppable’ to the classic nineties epic, ‘Speed.’ However, the only reason Keanu Reeves had to stop a speeding bus was because Dennis Hopper had put a bomb on it, hence the threat. In ‘Unstoppable’ we literally don’t have a sentient enemy for our heroes (Denzil Washington and Chris Pine) to do battle with. Instead, we simply have a train.
Due to a mix-up on the platform, a giant freight train (naturally carrying some pretty explosive cargo) runs amok without a driver at the helm. And our railway workers, Washington and Pine, are the only pair in the right place at the right time to stop it. That’s about it. I have to say that when I read the synopsis, I wasn’t that impressed. It sounded a little dull. I thought any ‘action’ film worthy of the genre should at least have a couple of mad bombers threatening humanity. As it happened, I was wrong.
Unstoppable is actually really good fun. It’s not a long film (only slightly over the hour and a half mark) and it rattles by like the train everyone’s trying to catch. It’s so simply there really isn’t much you can say about it. One train. Two men. No brakes. That’s about it.
Granted there are a few attempts at sub-plots surrounding Washington and Pine’s families, but the film doesn’t focus on that aspect too much. It sticks to what it does best – the train and everyone’s attempts to stop it.
I suppose there was always the chance that a simple story like this would end up dull. And it’s probably worth crediting the stars and the director for bringing what could have probably been a turkey to life.Read more ›
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Unstoppable is directed by Tony Scott and written by Mark Bomback. It stars Denzel Washington, Chris Pine, Rosario Dawson, Ethan Suplee & Kevin Dunn. Cinematographer is Ben Seresin and the music is scored by Harry Gregson-Williams. Plot finds Washington and Pine as Pennsylvania rail yard workers at the opposite ends of their working careers. Whilst working on their first job together, and not exactly hitting it off, the two men are thrust into a frantic pursuit of a runaway train. The runaway (coaster) is pulling tankers containing highly explosive material, and hurtling along at 70mph it has to be stopped before it hits civilisation.
Almost as if to atone for the misfire that was The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, Scott and Washington jump on board another type of train movie and literally let it rip. The film is as simple as its plot synopsis suggests, it`s a disaster movie on the railway, but with Scott cranking it up as much as he can, it`s as much fun as you can hope to have with a modern day popcorner. Carrying all the trade mark licks of its director; roving camera, scattergun editing and ear splitting sound mix, it`s also nice to report that unlike Pelham, the pace never sags. Even as the principal characters hang ups and back stories are unfolded in the narrative, Unstoppable literally doesn`t pause for breath. Sure the "Bromance" development is signposted at the first stop, and yes, are we ever in doubt about where this will end up? But if you are going into Unstoppable for wry social commentary or an expose on the political shenanigans involved in today's rail yards? Well you deserve all the disappointment you will undoubtedly get.
A runaway train pursued by Captain Kirk and Malcolm X, directed by the man who brought us Top Gun. Yeah baby, it`s a thrill ride for sure. 8/10
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