Thursday 25 November 2010
Director Tony Scott takes us on a popcorn thrill ride with a unmanned half-a-mile runaway train, it’s toxic chemical cargo making it a deadly high speed missile through Pennsylvania. It’s up to Will Colson, a conductor, and Frank Barnes an engineer to figure out a way to stop the seemingly unstoppable locomotive before it reaches the town of Stanton which it will surely decimate.
Full Story and Cast
In Fuller rail yard, an idle holster Dewey (Ethan Suplee) is told to move a half-a-mile long freight train to make way for a school excursion train. Rather than doing his job properly he thinks he can save time and effort by forgoing to connect the air hose between the locomotive and the rest of the train, leaving it with no air breaks, thinking he can just steadily guide it off the track and connect the air hose later.
Dewey turns the throttle to its highest to enable the trains dynamic brakes. As it approaches a switch, Dewey sees it’s not set to the right track, and although his yardmaster warns him not to leave the cab, he does so to get in front of the train and switch it himself, but the train gathers momentum and beats him to the switch allowing the now unmanned locomotive, which has a cargo of toxic chemicals to gain further momentum along the rail lines of Pennsylvania, much to the horror of Dewey and the let yardmaster Connie Hooper (Rosario Dawson).
Realising its full potential threat, Connie and the rest of the national rail network are in a rush to think up solutions of how to bring the locomotive to a halt before their worst fears come a reality.
With failed rescue attempts and no one able to board the speeding runaway train, rail engineer, Frank Barnes (Denzel Washington) who at the time is training a conductor Will Colson (Chris Pine) come up with a plan to stop the train and begin pursuit of it in their own locomotive.
They are on a race against time before the locomotive reaches the small town of Stanton whose rail tracks will surely derail it causing the train to certainly explode with a cargo of toxic chemicals that will decimate the town.
Cast: Denzel Washington, Chris Pine, Rosario Dawson, Ethan Suplee, Kevin Dunn and Jessy Schram
Directed By: Tony Scott
While reminiscence of the days of Speed with Keanu and Sandy, this flick has no bombs, no murders, no main villains, just a single threat of death and destruction in its wake.
The movie does not come without it’s host of problems, the lame and laughable instance of how this mess first began with the holster Dewey being one of my main gripes, but all is forgivable with a movie that just wants to deliver a high adrenaline rush rather than a suspense drama you have to rack your brains to think about.
Unstoppable never lacks pace, at 90 minutes there is drama and threat around every corner to keep your butts firmly stuck to your seats.
I enjoyed this movie for what it was and think it’s one of Tony Scott’s best for a long while and one of the best runaway train movies out there, go see it!