Genre: Action/ Thriller
Run time: 98 Minutes
Starring: Denzel Washington, Chris Pine, Rosario Dawson and Kevin Dunn
Director: Tony Scott
Previous collaborations between Tony Scott and Denzel Washington are Crimson Tide (1995), Man on Fire (2004), Déjà Vu (2006), The Taking of Pelham 1, 2, 3. (2009)
What's the Story?
Unstoppable is about an unmanned freight train carrying toxic materials that is headed to the fictional town of Stanton, Pennsylvania which has a population of about 700, 000. This was inspired by similar events that happened in Ohio in 2001. The train is travelling at seventy miles per hour, if the train goes over the elevated curve in Stanton at a speed of over fifteen miles per hour, the train will derail and spill the toxic material destroying Stanton. After numerous attempts to stop and derail the trail in unpopulated areas fail, train engineer Frank Barnes a 28 year veteran of the company and conductor Will Colson who is only 4 months out of training go after the runaway train in an attempt to stop it.
Why see it?
Unstoppable in non-stop adrenaline fueled thrill ride. It's the fifth collaboration between Tony Scott and two time academy award winner Denzel Washington (Training Day, Best Actor, and Best Supporting Actor for Glory). It also has Chris Pine who is fresh of his big hit Star Trek. The movie is extremely entertaining and Tony Scott cranks up the volume in this one. The movie even has a bit of an emotional factor, when we learn about the main characters tragedies in life we care more about them and want them to succeed. This movie has great chemistry between its two leads Chris Pine and Denzel Washington. Unstoppable also has strong performances from its two leads Chris Pine and Denzel Washington. It also has good supporting work from Rosario Dawson who plays the yardmaster giving the duo critical information about the train. The main antagonist; Oscar Galvin is played really well by Kevin Dunn. He's the company executive who cares more about saving money then human lives. The stunts in this movie are so impossible that Spider Man couldn't do it but nevertheless it's very entertaining. This is Tony Scott's best movie since Crimson Tide in 1995.
Who should skip it?
If you're not a fan of loud action movies with over the top stunts you'll find this movie hard to believe as most of the stunts are impossible in real life. Also if you weren't a fan of the other Scott/Washington train movie The Taking of Phelham 1, 2, 3 you might not like this film. Also Tony Scott has a less then spectacular filmography, which might make you skeptical about if Unstoppable will be good or not.
It reuses the age-old cliché of veteran vs. rookie at the beginning of the movie. Also we know that the protagonist's will succeed at the end so we lose some of the fun we had at the beginning.
All in all:
All in all Unstoppable is great popcorn movie, that is anchored by strong leads and non-stop action. Unstoppable is Tony Scott's best film since Crimson Tide in 1995. 8/10.