Films | Movie Reviews | FILM – UNSTOPPABLE-Review


Posted by FATEMA H.KAGALWALA on November 30, 2010 | No Comments

PRODUCER – Eric McLeod, Mimi Rogers, Tony Scott, Julie Yorn, Alex Young

Diane L. Sabatini, Adam Somner, Lee Trink (co-producers)
DIRECTOR – Tony Scott
WRITER – Mark Bomback
CAST – Denzel Washington, Chris Pine, Rosario Dawson
MUSIC – Harry Gregson-Williams

Its disaster time again in Hollywood and this time round it dishes out Tony Scott’s gripping runaway train saga ‘Unstoppable’. Featuring Denzel Washington, Chris Pine and Rosario Dawson, it’s a tight, racy, thriller of limited ambition, not that it devalues the worth of it in anyway.

Southern Pennysylvania railway yard of the AWVR (Allegheny and West Virginia Railroad) is having a casual day at work when Driver Dewey loses his half-mile cargo freight train full of explosive materials. The throttle slides into full power and this unmanned train races through the countryside onto populated towns with the ferocity of an uncontrolled missile.

The supervisor Connie Hooper (Rosario Dawson) is using the resources in her power to bring the situation under control. But it is not too long before the big bosses are calculating losses and devaluation of stock and basing their next course of action on that. The lives in danger are a consideration but in balance. Meanwhile, Driver Frank (Denzel Washington) and his conductor Will (Chris Pine) are driving their train on a separate but one which will soon meet the mainline that the deadly train is on. The point comes and passes by with hairsbreadth. Frank sees an opportunity to stop the train before it veers off the turning of the inclined bridge and destroys the whole town.

Corporate sense meets dare-devil conviction, values and priorities are thrown out in the open and risks are piled high. Every one involved, Connie included choose what seems right to them putting everything on line in this pursuit. High drama follows with suitable moist eyes and frozen heartbeats.

Director Tony Scott presents an engaging and taut tale of human error and human courage. It’s a simple tale of an event gone horribly wrong and how disasters bring out the best in all of us. It uses sharp writing to keep the events flowing and meaningful while focused direction keeps the story in check. The film chooses a direct treatment for itself which keeps it simple and on-the-seat engaging. Without any frills or fancy trimmings it becomes an edgy thriller delivering its set of thrills and chills.

Middle-brow and unambitious from all angles, ‘Unstoppable’ manages to pack a punch. Great weekend fare if one is looking for good, fun, entertainment that neither insults nor taxes the senses.


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