It’s a nail-biting race against time as an unmanned train carrying a load of lethal chemicals speeds out of control, and a conductor and engineer do everything in their power to keep it from derailing and killing tens of thousands of people. Denzel Washington leads the cast in Tony Scott’s tough-minded action thriller, in which a terrible circumstance forces a cThis ain’t training. In training they just give you an F. Out here you get killed.
ouple of ordinary men to become extraordinary heroes.

Rating: 3 out of 10

This is based on a true story. While moving a train in a station, a train depot worker forgot to switch the tracks, so he hops out  of the moving train and tries to hit the switch, but the train gets away from him. Man, would I hate to be that guy. I think this movie would have been more interesting if it was from their perspective — all the guilt and feeling of helplessness as this train lumbered on a path of destruction and mayhem. Sure, the heroes are cool and all, but they get stuck with bad hero-like dialogue, like: “This ain’t training. In training they just give you an F. Out here you get killed.”

The other part is, since it’s based on real events, it’s kind of anti-climactic since we know they stop the train (SPOILER) and the action parts are fictionalized and dramatized to cartoonish proportions that it actually takes away from the real bravery and guts these men displayed. This movie suffers from a lot. Bad dialogue and poor attempts at developing characters with talk about marital problems.

I will say that Denzel Washington is always good. But he’s better than this movie. There’s a lot of things better than this movie. Root canal for instance. 


5 responses to “Unstoppable

  1. Good review bit did you know this was a Tony Scott film? I figured that would have scared you away.

  2. Victor De Leon

    Runaway Train was much better and cost much less to make. Plus I’d rather look at Walter Matthau’s face than at Denzel’s when it come’s to racing trains.

  3. The funny thing about this movie is going in, we all know it’s about a train that is going to become unstoppable, and it’s a remake and yes, Denzel is the only good thing about the movie, and if not for the fact it is a Scott movie – what the hell would we be doing here? Good points about the story and the stumbling through bad writing, silly plot devices. Wasn’t the whole thing set in motion because the guy was eating a ham sandwich and couldn’t catch the break fast enough? Maybe that was another bad movie about a runaway train. You’re probably too kind with the 3 rating, then again…cheers

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