Denzel Washington and Chris Pine, the man who was previously best known as the young James T. Kirk, successfully navigate the rails of blue collar existence in the real-life inspired “Unstoppable”. Rosario Dawson also plays a strong and gutsy dispatcher. This one is action filmmaking without people getting their heads blown off by weapons or wraiths. It ties, perhaps subtly, the struggles of America at this moment into the still everpresent opportunities to rise above. The main characters all make moral choices, and live with them. They are not easy, they have layers and in the end, they can crash.
What I find interesting in the reviews I occasionally see are those who say this is “unrealistic”. It’s a movie. You must enter allowing yourself to be thrilled. This one is based – or should we simply say inspired – by a real-life disaster averted on Ohio rails a few years ago. The story is paced well, has surprises, yes – it has surprises.
Most importantly, I believe, it is action film-maing that will hold up over time. Look at some of our favorites from the seventies, and the car chases and explosions (what else were there?) are stale and predictable. Today, action junkies like director Tony Scott can drive the adrenaline through a special effects tunnel and send it launching to the outer limits.
I think this is a big screen movie (wouldn’t wait for DVD as story is not as thrilling as the effects). It’s not for kids but there’s no sex or gratuitous evil to deal with, just seemingly real-life stuff ramped up to another elevated rail.
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