It’s easy to write off “Unstoppable” as your generic action film. On paper it sounds like “Speed” on train tracks for the new millennium. But to do that would not only be a huge disservice to the movie, but more importantly, to yourself. The film is receiving some of the best reviews seen in a long time for an action movie. It’s even garnered an approval rating of 90% on Rotten Tomatoes earning it “Certified Fresh”. The fact its based on true events only makes it more appealing. Director Tony Scott created a well-crafted film filled with enough drama and action scenes to keep the audience on the edge of your seats. Trust me, I almost fell of mine.
When I first received my invitation to attend the screening, I checked out the trailer online. Immediately, my interest was piqued and looked forward to the screening. Due to a strange random chain of events, I only received two hours of sleep the night before attending the morning screening. I debated bailing, but since I committed I soldiered through. Given how tired I was, I half-expected myself to fall asleep during the film. Boy, was I wrong. Within ten minutes, I was hooked and kept being captivated throughout the movie. I was invested in the characters and the perils they were in.
The premise of the movie is simple enough. A conductorless train with hazardous chemicals is headed to a heavily populated area. Along the way, it picks up even more speed thereby creating huge hurdles for those trying to stop the runaway train. Fortunately for the heroics of railway employees, danger is averted. As mentioned before, the movie is inspired by true events when an unmanned train #8888 with combustible materials ran amuck in Ohio. While I’m sure the real-life events were amped up to create a more dramatic story for film, the foundation of the story is the same.
Denzel Washington, Chris Pine and Rosario Dawson all provided solid performances which helped with the believability of the film. Add that to Scott’s frenetic filming and editing style, and “Unstoppable” is a non-stop adrenaline rush that can’t be missed.
Washington was always initially attached to the project, but after a string of delays he backed out. The studio knew the film hinged on Washington, and they were able to woo him back. Thank God, they did. I can’t even imagine anyone else in his role. Even Chris Pine, with whom I’m not a huge fan of, won me over in this flick. Why don’t I like him? Wait til my “controversial” post scheduled to go up on Monday. It’ll probably surprise you. Dawson, who’ve I’ve always had a tiny bit of a girl crush on, was again sensational. That woman is bad-ass.
Overall, I HIGHLY, HIGHLY, HIGHLY suggest you check out this movie. While some movies aren’t worth spending the extra cash to watch them in theaters, “Unstoppable” is one of the few that warrants a big screen viewing. It’s a two-hour roller coaster ride you won’t forget.
MOVIE RATING: 4.5 out of 5 stars.
I don’t traditionally give many films more than four stars. The only other film I’ve seen this year to earn that high of a score was “the social network“. That speaks volumes on how much I loved this film.