I could have told you more about the plot in the video I suppose, but you could write it yourself. In this story allegedly based on true events, two idiot train workers lose control of a huge train with a seriously toxic cargo. Dispatcher Rosario Dawson must find a way to stop the ever accelerating juggernaut before it derails and takes out serious numbers of people. Of course it’s rookie Pine (continuing the theme of reluctant, rookie hero he initiated in ‘Star Trek’) and old timer Washington who come to the rescue, lobbing a few class-based grenades at their superiors, in an amusing series of credit crunch jibes.
It’s typically jingoistic (can you name a Tony Scott film which isn’t?), painfully simplistic (rugged heros separated from their women at the start – will they find love by the end?), but a hell of a lot of old fashioned fun. The leads all know they’re in a silly piece of hokum and tailor their performances accordingly, the production values are as big budget as you’d expect from Scott, and it’s frequently extremely funny. I should also mention that although the film is woven around Washington and Pine and whether or not this initially antagonistic pair can work successfully as a team, Dawson (as in ‘Sin City’) comes very close to stealing the show on a number of occasions. It’s a neat element you wouldn’t expect from a film like this – charm from all the leads which just doesn’t quit.
‘Unstoppable’ isn’t remotely original but it’s the epitome of no-brainer, rollercoaster ride films.
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