Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Unstoppable Movie Review 158

 Unstoppable in a new movie starring Denzel Washington and Chris Pine. It is directed by Tony Scott who also directed the remake of The Taking of Pelham 123 and Man on Fire both of which starred Washington!

So, this movie is pretty straightforward. There is no brain required here! Pine plays Will, a newbie at the freight train game and he is getting teased by all of the veterans , led by Frank(Washington). Will is pretty clever, though and he just wants a chance to prove himself. Some idiot lets a train get out of control and then he jumps off of it and cannot get back on, leaving the train running by itself along the line. It is very dangerous as there are chemicals on board and the train will be passing though towns. The bosses try and get someone onto the train, but they fail. Meanwhile, Will and Frank are put together for Will's first time as conductor. They take off, totally unaware of the train that is heading their way.

Frank is contacted and they find out about the runaway train. They are told to get out of the way of the train, but Frank decides that he is going to try and stop it. Will helps him and they get to know each other. They find out about each others lives as they drive along in the train and Frank realises that Will is not an idiot,  he is a smart young man. Will discovers that he is replacing Frank in his job and he feels terrible about it. Frank is being let go. They work together and they eventually stop the train. They are hailed as heroes and Frank is offered his old job back and everything is fine.

This film is pure action and not much else. It is entertaining and fast paced, so  if you are into action movies, you will love this offering. I liked it, but found it a little shallow and the ending was a little too perfect for me. But, it is worth watching if you have an hour and a half to spare! This gets a 6/10.


Sci-Fi Gene said...

Haven't seen this yet but I did see Atomic Train starring SATC's Kristin Davies (sadly not as a maveric train driver action hero - still, I can dream...)

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