Unstoppable [Blu-ray]  [US Import]
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Washington/Pine ~ Unstoppable (2010)
Orson Welles once said that directing a movie was like playing with the greatest toy train set in the world, and Tony Scott seems to be taking him literally. With the caboose of Scott's Taking of Pelham 123 barely in the distance, the filmmaker turned to Unstoppable, a train-chase picture loosely inspired by a true story (and perhaps just a smidgen by Runaway Train, the 1985 film based on an Akira Kurosawa script). At a Pennsylvania rail yard, some clueless workers let an unmanned train get loose, and the thing is soon hurtling across the countryside. Did we mention that it's pulling a few cars' worth of highly toxic material? Did you doubt it would be? Meanwhile, old-time engineer Denzel Washington and new conductor Chris Pine are making a routine run nearby--of course, in the movies, a routine run almost always turns into something wild. This odd couple is the only hope for stopping the runaway, while upper management dithers and an operations-room dispatcher (Rosario Dawson) spends most of the movie talking into her headset. Scott is an unabashed manipulator, and he yanks all the strings at his disposal for this whipped-up pageant: song cues, hype-filled reaction shots, stunts aplenty. It's all so aggressive, it makes you wish the exciting story could be allowed to tell itself. But the pulse does quicken, if you can turn your mind off for a while. And although it's faint praise, the movie is undeniably better than Pelham 123.--Robert Horton --This text refers to an alternate Blu-ray edition.
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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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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
A great example of how to make a very simple story engaging for a full movie duration, the action ramps up nicely with the speed of the train and the increasingly frantic efforts to stop it before it careers off track to catastrophic effect.
Introduction of principle characters family members adds a little padding but very hard to recall a Mr Washington movie that failed to satisfy. His presence even made the ridiculous Pelham 123 watchable. He excels again in unstoppable.
Good action movie, highly dramatised but recommended.
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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