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Stars:  Denzel Washington, Chris Pine, Rosario Dawson

Writer: Mark Bomback

Director:  Tony Scott

Review by:  Klash

Based loosely on a real life incident that began in Walbridge, Ohio in 2001, Unstoppable is set in Pennsylvania and begins when two inept yard workers accidentally allow train 777 to depart without anyone at the controls.  Rapidly gaining speed the train cruises towards a heavily populated area where it’s told that 777 will derail and plow into a fuel containment center once it tries to cross an elevated curved section of track.  To make matters worse there are several cars in tow that contain a hazardous chemical named molten phenol.

Unaware of this incident while conducting a normal day of work are veteran railroad engineer Frank Barnes (Denzel Washington) and rookie conductor Will Colson (Chris Pine) who eventually take it upon themselves to attempt to stop the runaway train before it derails and disaster ensues.  Also taking part in the effort is yard master Connie Hooper (Rosario Dawson) who combines efforts with Frank and Will once all standard protocols have seemingly failed.  Aided by a forgettable supporting cast the action film continues to speed down the tracks heading for disaster regardless of the film’s actual outcome. 

This film is another predictable Hollywood attempt to embellish a real life incident that was resolved without nearly as much drama or danger in the process.  Previous to viewing this I had checked out the films ratings which seemed decent, upon completion I wonder how it received its ratings.  The acting in this movie was flat and seemed as though it was trudged through without any effort to make it anything more than that.  The film shot in typical Tony Scott fashion which I generally like unfortunately didn’t seem to do more than occasionally raise an eyebrow in disbelief.  

Going into this open minded and taking into consideration what the film was about  I had hoped against all odds that Tony Scott and Denzel Washington could work their magic and make something happen.  Unfortunately all the magic in the world didn’t save the film from derailing. 

Here’s to hoping the next collaboration between Scott and Washington puts them back on the right track ..       

Rating: One Guy   

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