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|Leading Role:||Denzel Washington, Chris Pine, Rosario Dawson, Ethan Suplee, Kevin Dunn|
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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.
Hang on for the ride of your life as Oscar® Winner Denzel Washington and Chris Pine (Star Trek) team up for the year’s most electrifying action-thriller. A runaway train, transporting deadly, toxic chemicals, is barreling down on Scranton, Pennsylvania, and only two men can stop it: a veteran engineer (Washington) and a young conductor (Pine). Thousands of lives hang in the balance as these ordinary heroes attempt to chase down one million tons of hurtling steel and prevent an epic disaster. Helmed by visionary director Tony Scott (Man on Fire), this story inspired by true events delivers excitement and suspense that are — unstoppable!
This is the kind of guy I am.
This movie is called "Unstoppable" that would mean that it is about something (in this case a train) that cannot be stopped. *SPOILER* it does get stopped, thus, this film should be called "Very Hard To Stop" or "Almost Unstoppable" but NOT "Unstoppable"
Yeah, I know....
So this train due to a combination of stupid people and bad luck ends up charging towards a town at 70 miles per hour, but WAIT!!! it is also carrying a few barrels of toxic chemicals (just to make sure the jeopardy is higher) which makes it really hard to stop the train, or if you will (almost) "Unstoppable" Well, the rail company enter into "Road Runner Cartoon" mode in an attempt to stop this train. Oh, I'm sorry, you don't know what "Road Runner Cartoon" mode is? Allow me to explain.
Remember in the cartoons where Wile E Coyote has a brilliant plan to stop the Road Runner, yet something weird and unexpected happens, thwarting his otherwise flawless plan, so he decides never to attempt it again? Yeah? Well the train police do that here... a LOT. Now my obvious solution would have been to drop somebody from a helicopter onto the moving train, which they do attempt during in the movie, but something happens and it goes wrong, so they just scrap that idea, never to attempt it again. WHY?? it is a good plan. How about this one... Some police spot a "magic button" on the outside of the train, if it is pressed, the train stops.
Sounds good, right? so they attempt to press the button by SHOOTING AT IT (when said button is next to a gas tank) instead of, oh I don't know, driving alongside the train with a pole and pressing it. It is things like this that stops the movie from being "great" and relegating it to merely "good" it seems that Tony Scott (the director) wants to keep the film based in reality (no skydiving onto a moving train like in "XXX" for example) yet in certain places the movie "pushes" the boundaries a touch too much (the train tipping up but still landing down on the tracks)
Don't get me wrong, there is a lot of excitement to be had here, especially when the train is heading towards the town and we wonder if the heroes can stop it, but ultimately this is a fun, but flawed action movie.
Seat down and buckle yourself in. Get your popcorn and drinks ready because you won't want to miss any of this movie. This based on real life events and after watching this it makes me really concerned about the people the work and control this counties railways. A electrifying action-thriller. A runaway train, transporting deadly toxic chemicals, is barreling down on Scranton, Pennsyvania. Thosands of lives hang in the balance. Denzel Washington plays a veteran engineer.Chris Pine plays a young guy that is a young conductor. Both end up becoming ordinary heros attempting to stop a runaway train. The movie delivers excitemnent and suspense. I loved it....
A rookie train operator (Chris Pine) teams up with a 28 year veteran engineer (Denzel Washington) to stop a run-a-way train that is heading across Pennsylvania with 8 cars full of highly explosive chemicals.
This was a great action packed movie from beginning to end.
a must see! one of the best movies that based on true events. Denzel Washington is back in action with Chris Pine, directed by Tony Scott. this movie will keep you to your seat all the way thru.