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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Unstoppable by Tony Scott, 2010 (PG-13)

Latest movie I saw of Tony Scott was Unstoppable, from which I had a hard time not having a heart-attack.

with Denzel Washington (Déjà Vu, American Gangster, Flight), Chris Pine (People Like Us, This Means War), Rosario Dawson (Men In Black 2, Love in the Time of Money), Ethan Suplee, Kevin Dunn (Warrior), Kevin Corrigan (Please Give), Kevin Chapman, Lew Temple, T.J. Miller (Our Idiot Brother, How To Train A Dragon)

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 couple of ordinary men to become extraordinary heroes.

I didn't realize Unstoppable was from the same director as "Enemy of The State" and "Déjà Vu" which makes a lot of sense. There is always this feeling of rush, led by characters we don't forget, because these are not action-based movies. They are character-driven, despite the circumstance that pushes them into a full speed race, in a way. This one is in a way a lot simpler plot than the two others, but it involves a wide knowledge of what is the crisis cell in case of catastrophic scenarios, the political and hierarchical powers that collide, influencing the decisions to make to a certain level of course, because at the end of the day, the central decisions have to be made from the train itself, with the confrontation of two very different men. It is a little too American in terms of hero-based realistic movies, but that's alright, I guess, sometimes.

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  1. Nice review. I really enjoyed this film. Washington and Pine had great chemistry.