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Unstoppable
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Mar 2, 2011 By: J.A. Hamilton
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Director:
Tony Scott

Actors:
Denzel Washington
Chris Pine
Rosario Dawson

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
When a human error of absolute stupidity sends an unmanned train carrying hazardous chemicals down the tracks and straight for the city, itís up to Denzel and Captain Kirk to give this train an ass whooping and save the day.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Iíll be the first to admit that I donít know a hell of a lot about trains, other than the fact that they make for a long ass voyage to wherever you happen to be going. This film didnít look all that enticing to me from the trailers simply because A) you get the impression that youíve seen all you need to see by watching the trailer, B) itís based on a true story which indirectly adds to the predictability of the outcome and C) well, itís about a damn train, how exciting can that be? The good news is, surprisingly exciting! This flickís obviously not without its faults but for me, it panned out to be a decent action thriller.

One thing that always gets me is a filmís ability to tap into my emotions and this baby did a lot of that. I donít get overly mad at films all too often (it mostly happens as a result of poor choices made by character to further insane plotlines and God knows thereís lots of those out there to choose from), but the two morons in charge of moving the trains infuriated me to no end. As I watched these fools bumble around I couldnít help but shake my head at the reality behind this sad scenario. I have no doubts whatsoever that most mechanical problems and accidents are caused by blatant negligence on the part of the workers, itís a horrible thing to say but we all know itís true. People are lazy and in a rush all the time and this was the perfect beginning to get audiencesí blood a pumping.

Now as for the acting, Denzel is a true gentleman of the silver screen, the man can do anything, play anyone and I love him for it. Add to that heís no doubt made Tony Scott enough money to buy a string of islands surrounded by topless mermaids, enough booze to fund a world war and houses built from one hundred dollar bills lined with gold. These two are a great team no doubt about that but I wonít take anything away from Chris Pine whose risen up ranks rather quick since his stint in SMOKING ACES, the camaraderie between the two of them is pure money in the bank (despite not getting the amount of screen time they should have) and help make the linear story much more enjoyable, or so I thought anyway.

UNSTOPPABLE felt a bit like SPEED on crack without the R rated good stuff or Dennis Hopperís sweet one liners. I was disappointed by the trailerís false implications that this film revolved around the boys stopping the train before it collided with another train full of kids (you sneaky devils you) but I got over it. I also felt the whole setting up the train like itís a living monster angle was weak (making the train ďgrowlĒ every time it ran by something, really guys?) and as a result took away some of the momentum fuelled by the moment but in the end I have to say the adrenaline still ran pretty high. Loved the shout out to Hooters but have to say that during the three years my fiancťe worked there I never once heard them playing techno music. Still, my list of complaints is relatively short making this film still taste pretty sweet.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary: Director Tony Scott gives us a pretty cool run through as he explains his vision and need for realism and perfection. After all these years the manís still got loads of talent and loves his job, thatís gotta count for something.

The Fastest Track: Unleashing Unstoppable: Here the cast and crew show us just how real things can get with dudeís filming in cars alongside the trains and other guys filming atop moving trains. These guys are literally pulling all the stops.

Derailed: Anatomy of a Scene: Here we get a play by play look at the derailment scene from the film which was shot as accurately as humanly possible and it shows.

Hanging off the Train: Stunt Work: Naturally when trying to make an action film look as real as possible itís all about the stunts and hereís how they did it.

On the Rails with the Director and Cast: This is some quick Q&A and chillin time with the cast and crew on site for the film.

Tracking the Story: Unstoppable Script Development: Much like a commentary, this one plays out with the boys updating us on how the shooting of the film went according to script as they filmed the movie.

Previews: Thereís a theatrical trailer, some other previews as well as a Digital Copy of the film and some BD-LIVE content if you can hook up to the net.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Thereís only so much excitement to be found on a train or in this case, chasing a runaway train but Tony and the boys made it work and though Iím not exactly sure this would be a big winner when it comes to multiple viewings, I have to say the first run through is well worth the trip.
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1:37PM on 03/02/2011

Interesting review!

I may have to check it out... :-)
I may have to check it out... :-)
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