Unstoppable (12A)

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Tue Nov 23 2010

Tony Scott obviously buys into the old Orson Welles adage about cinema being ‘the biggest electric train set a boy ever had’. He follows his ‘Taking of Pelham 1 2 3’ remake with this much better action flick showcasing an even bigger hunk of rolling stock. After a snarl-up at the yard, this half-mile-long freight-hauling baby starts trundling along the rails on its own, gathering momentum through leafy Pennsylvania towards a dangerous curve where its payload of explosive chemicals promise a preview of the apocalypse.

On the same tracks, a bunch of kiddies on a school trip, and another shunting engine where wily old engineer Denzel Washington is showing hot-shit new-boy Chris Pine the ropes. They’ll all be Jello if they get in the way, but letting the beast through is no solution either…

You’ll look in vain for the metaphysical overlay Akira Kurosawa and Andrey Konchalovsky brought to a not dissimilar set-up in ‘Runaway Train’ (1985), but this is nuts-and-bolts suspense cinema at its slickest. Scott, his multi-camera crew and gifted editor don’t need 3D or even much CGI to convince us of the destructive potential of this big bad boy and sustain the tension effectively as fearful controller Rosario Dawson and unfolding TV news coverage fill in the necessary exposition.

If you’re nit-picking, the personal issues batted between Washington and Pine in the cab feel decidedly formulaic, and the movie does peak in intensity around the two-thirds mark. Yet ultimately the pleasure is boyishly simple: very big train hits stuff. Bish bash bosh. Job done. Great fun.
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Rated:

12A

UK release:

Fri Nov 12, 2010

Duration:

98 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Tony Scott

Cast:

Denzel Washington, Chris Pine, Rosario Dawson, Ethan Suplee

Screenwriter:

Mark Bomback

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critique

Well made and does exactly what it says on the tin, but very predictable and not really my cup of tea.

critique

Well made and does exactly what it says on the tin, but very predictable and not really my cup of tea.

Gregg Bowen

Very watchable and gripping suspense thriller, but most of the characters are so cliched and too wholesome. I 'd love to see a British version of heroic , hunky Network Rail engineers saving an unmanned out of control Pendolino heading towards Rotheram by throwing the wrong type of leaves on the track!

Gregg Bowen

Very watchable and gripping suspense thriller, but most of the characters are so cliched and too wholesome. I 'd love to see a British version of heroic , hunky Network Rail engineers saving an unmanned out of control Pendolino heading towards Rotheram by throwing the wrong type of leaves on the track!

Evie

Pleasingly realistic looking and one or two chuckle out loud lines. Not exactly in the running for an oscar but if you saw the trailer and thought 'that looks so absurd I must see it' youre probably the type of cinemagoer who will enjoy it. Puts your bad day at work into perspective. Plus chris pine in his pants. Standard.

Evie

Pleasingly realistic looking and one or two chuckle out loud lines. Not exactly in the running for an oscar but if you saw the trailer and thought 'that looks so absurd I must see it' youre probably the type of cinemagoer who will enjoy it. Puts your bad day at work into perspective. Plus chris pine in his pants. Standard.

scrumpyjack

Crisp, lean action thriller (actually, a little TOO lean....could have done with another 10 min! - now, we can't say THAT too often now days, can we!) Four star? no way! Decent, unfussy "GOOD" entertainment? YES WAY! 7/10

scrumpyjack

Crisp, lean action thriller (actually, a little TOO lean....could have done with another 10 min! - now, we can't say THAT too often now days, can we!) Four star? no way! Decent, unfussy "GOOD" entertainment? YES WAY! 7/10

Keith Beckett

Very good film in my opinion, if I knew Denzil Washington's character in the film I would give him a sexy massage after his exploits!!!

Keith Beckett

Very good film in my opinion, if I knew Denzil Washington's character in the film I would give him a sexy massage after his exploits!!!

DV

Tony Scott is very good at this. Outstanding action/suspense type flick - nearly five stars! No pretensions, just lots of momentum. Enjoy.

DV

Tony Scott is very good at this. Outstanding action/suspense type flick - nearly five stars! No pretensions, just lots of momentum. Enjoy.