I’m u huge fan of Denzel Washington, known for movies like “The Manchurian Candidate”, “Philidelphia” and more recent “The book of Eli”. Though his acting skills are still great it seems that the quality of the movies he’s in is declining and that he’s monetizing his success. But still I was pretty curious to see “Unstoppable” starring Denzel Washington, Chris Pine and Rosaria Dawson which is directed by the famous Tony Scott. The combination Denzel Washington and Tony Scott should, who already worked together on movies like “Man on fire” and “The taking of Pelham 123″, should guarantee a great and entertaining movie.
In short, Unstoppable is a drama about a runaway train carrying a cargo of toxic chemicals, pits an engineer and his conductor in a race against time. They’re chasing the runaway train in a separate locomotive and need to bring it under control before it derails on a curve and causes a toxic spill that will decimate a town.
The movie is based on a real runaway train incident. On May 15, 2001, a 47-car CSX locomotive left a Toledo, Ohio rail yard without an engineer and wasn’t stopped until it had run 66 miles through three counties. No one was injured in the incident.
The movie itself is pretty ok, nothing wrong with the acting and the dialogues. The movie quickly comes down to business and keeps the suspens high during the whole movie. The problem however that I have with this kind of movies is that the end is known from the first minute, of course the train is not going to decimate a whole town and of course the heroes survive. And this for me makes a movie like this pretty uninteresting. Of course lots of movies are like that but if they’re any good they offer something that surprises, really impressive or succeeds to move its audience. But unfortunately Unstoppable is predictable and not surprising in anyway right from the start and during the whole movie I had to think of the movie “Speed”.
Ironically, a train used in filming accidentally derailed in Bridgeport, Ohio on November 21, 2009 while being shot for the production. No one was injured in the incident, but production was halted for the remainder of the day. Now why didn’t they use that in the movie?
Most annoying about the movie was the typical American ending where the people applaud their heroes, the heroes fall into the arms of their loved once and everybody is smiling, happy and all’s well that ends well. Just too much over the top and executed in a really lame and cliche way.
So, did I have a crappy night and was it a crappy movie? Nope, I had a nice night in a great new cinema at Grandaria watching a nice but mediocre and non-challenging movie. On IMDB the movie has an average rating of 7.3 which I think confirms that it’s a mediocre, average but entertaining movie.