Devil’s DVD Advocacy: Unstoppable
In an unforeseeable event, director Tony Scott has decided to work with Denzel Washington. Who would have thought?!
Working together for the fifth time and second train movie Washington and Scott display why they work well together. Scott knows how to capture Washington in great raw moments with his signature shaky cam work to the “T”. Their continued bromance, thanks Mike, works well together and their styles of work compliment each other.
Along for the ride here, pun intended, is 2009 Star Trek’s Chris Pine. Washington and Pine played off each other so well I was reminded of a Murtaugh/Riggs Lethal Weapon kind of connection. The thing I liked about how Scott treated these characters is that he slowly developed their back story as the movie progressed. A common movie mistake is too much development too quickly. Even though these two were the main characters, they didn’t overshadow the screen time till their characters really needed to be a focal point.
Seeing the trailers I really didn’t have high expectations of this film due to the simple plot of a runaway train. I was wondering if hollywood really is out of fresh ideas. Maybe due to these expectations I was more pleased with the overall film. The pacing was great, really wasn’t bogged down with any character development or out there subplots. Of course there were a few head scratchers with some parts but nothing to really bring down the quality here. Inspired by true events and embellished by hollywood studios.
The story as we know is of a train that a couple bumbling train yard workers who can’t quite do their job right and set loose a train without its air breaks and inadvertently set the controls to full throttle. Traveling forward to a populated area the yardmaster, Rosario Dawson, clashes with corporate bigwigs in attempts to stop this train before anybody gets hurt. Along the path of this runaway is Frank Barnes and Will Colson in their own train. Deciding to disobey direct orders and their own safety, these two embark on a mission to stop the train.
Simple premise, but above average results make this film entertaining and worth watching.
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