Starring: Denzel Washington, Chris Pine,
Rosario Dawson, Kevin Chapman,
Kevin Corrigan, Ethan Suplee,
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Runtime: 96 minutes
Distributor: 20th Century Fox
Director: Tony Scott
Executive Producer: Chris Ciafa, Rick Yorn, Jeff
Producer: Tony Scott, Julie Yorn, Mimi
Rogers, Eric McLeod, Alex
Writer: Mark Bomback
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That’s exactly what you have with UNSTOPPABLE, which stars Denzel Washington and Chris Pine in an exciting, heroic movie about a runaway train.
The movie opens on a bright crisp morning in Pennsylvania. Will Colson (Pine), a young conductor in training, is assigned to work with grizzled veteran Frank Barnes, who’s being replaced by younger guys like Will to save money. Will and Frank are set to control an old axel engine with lots of miles. Frank makes it clear to Will that he’s irritated about being replaced by inexperienced youngsters like Will.
Down the line, a couple of train employees having breakfast are suddenly ordered to move the 777 and its cargo of dangerous chemicals to a different track, to make way for a field trip of elementary children. Miffed, the fat employee actually moving the train decides to take a shortcut. During the process, he forgets to lock down the throttle, and soon you’ve got a runaway train with deadly chemicals speeding toward Scranton, Penn. And other populated towns.
Eventually, of course, it comes down to Frank and Will to stop the train. Frank’s solution to stopping the train is controversial, however. Even he doesn’t know if it will work.
Meanwhile, back at the Yard, Connie Hooper, the knowledgeable, spunky manager in charge, tries to run interference for Frank and Will with her corporate bosses. Connie is helped by her assistant yardmaster, who finds a police escort to lend his help to Frank and Will when they encounter the big beast, No. 777.
Upping the stakes in UNSTOPPABLE is the fact that Frank’s two daughters and Will’s wife and son are among the potential victims of the runaway train and its deadly cargo. Regrettably, Will’s daughters work at Hooters, but nothing salacious is shown.
UNSTOPPABLE overcomes the predictability of its central situation by providing lots of exciting thrills. It’s a very heroic movie with strong, morally uplifting, redemptive themes. The acting is professional, which is something viewers have come to expect from movies with Denzel Washington. Regrettably, there’s a lot of foul language, including a bunch of strong profanities, so MOVIEGUIDE® issues a very strong caution for UNSTOPPABLE. That said, UNSTOPPABLE is one of the most exciting, most heroic movies of the year. Ya gotta love those runaway trains!
A speeding, runaway train is one of the most iconic images in the history of cinema. It’s also one of the most enjoyable. UNSTOPPABLE overcomes the predictability of its central situation by providing lots of exciting thrills. It’s a very heroic movie with strong, morally uplifting, redemptive themes. The acting is professional, which is something viewers have come to expect from movies with Denzel Washington. Regrettably, there’s a lot of foul language along the way, so MOVIEGUIDE® recommends extreme caution for UNSTOPPABLE. That said, UNSTOPPABLE is one of the most exciting, most heroic movies of 2010.