In this action thriller from director Tony Scott, rookie train operator Will (Chris Pine) and grizzled veteran engineer Frank (Denzel Washington) learn that a runaway locomotive carrying carloads of dangerous chemicals is headed for Will's small Pennsylvania hometown, where his wife and child live. In order to save the day, they must figure out how to catch up to the rogue engine, and stop it before harm comes to the town. Standing in their way is Galvin (Kevin Dunn), the head of the company who is more interested in saving the stock price than lives. On the plus side, the duo have competent corporate employee Connie (Rosario Dawson) on the radio, talking them through their various attempts to corral and then stop the potentially lethal locomotive.~Perry Seibert
This film starring Chris Pine and Denzel Washington is an excellent dramatization based on actual events. The film is smart in that it uses all the right technical terms for the subject matter of trains and train engineers, and yet it is appealing to the wider appeal of the mass market by showing that to the general public, who might not be too familiar with train engineering terminology.
The cinematography and visuals are excellent. The acting is superb. The movie made me care about what happens to the characters, and I actually cheered at the ending. I believe this film is one of those universal appeal films where anyone can have a good time watching it even if it's outside your usual genre.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Watching this movie again after some six years only reinforced its dramatic interaction between Frank (Denzel Washington) and Will (Chris Pine), and the tense sequences with the train. Take a look at the special features and you will come to understand what it took to make a film like this, considering all the stunts and crash scenes were done in-camera (meaning no CGI for you young folks)! It is still a tension-ridden ride on the rails...
I don't regret purchasing this movie, but I wouldn't call it a favorite. I like that it is rooted in actual events, albeit with a lot of dramatic license added to spice up the real-life story. The director's camera shots add a lot of interest at various times. The characters, themselves, are not all that engaging or developed as they should be in a modern movie, and coupled with weak acting from the supporting roles, it really conspires to hold this movie back from being more than 'good'. I love trains, the selfless struggles of the heroes, a few surprises, camera action, and the good ending. It's a good movie that you'll enjoy if you manage your expectations up front concerning the A-list actors.
This review is from Unstoppable [2 Discs] [Includes Digital Copy] [Blu-ray]