Before I start this review. Let us look at the characters involved in this film. Director Tony Scott. Him and co star Denzel Washington are responsible for some great films together. Man on Fire and Crimson Tide came to mind quickly. Also, some bad bombs together, Deja Vu and The Taking of Pelham 123 come to mind. Well, one more time him and Denzel are back in a train together, and this time it is Unstoppable. Based on a true story. It is the story of train awvr 1206, who Denzel Washington and Chris Pine are on, and they are out to stop an out of control train awvr 777 which has chemicals and gasoline heading towards a city.
Films like these I am always worried about, ” well James why do you worry about train movies”. Not so much that I worry about, it is newly established stars in their first film after they get the attention or the role that made them. Chris Pine hit it big in Star Trek as Captain Kirk, this is his film. And the funny part is, he was ok in the film, it was Denzel Washington and Rosario Dawson who were the true stars of the film. Rosario played the station manager who had to keep up with the train and try to figure out a way to stop it.
This film was made for 100 million dollars and barely grossed 82 million. But, granted it will make the rest and profit off overseas box and dvd/ blu ray sales. This is the definition of a popcorn film. You get scenes like them trying to climb on the train and running across it, going between the cars, and a chase for the train by both a train, and automobiles. There are some cool tense moments that you are hooked into this film. There is more than enough here to recommend.
8 out of 10