Racing along like the unmanned and out-of-control train in the story, Unstoppable is an edge-of-your-seat thriller that moves with relentless force towards its potentially disasterous conclusion.
Based on a real life event in 2001, this adrenalin-pumping movie delivers on its promise: action, thrills and tension as a train the size of the Chrysler building speeds unmanned through town after town with a deadly load of chemicals.
The train’s owners try all kinds of ways to stop it, but in the end it comes down to old-time driver Frank (Denzel Washington) and green conductor Will (Chris Pine) to stop it with their seemingly impossible rescue plan.
The pace of the film is relentless with a strong forward motion – just like the runaway train - and it is hard not to be taken along on the deadly ride. It also attempts to offer more than just thrills and spills, exploring the relationship between Frank and Will and the politics of the railroad.
Rosario Dawson dials down the testosterone levels with her turn as tough yardmaster Connie, who battles an incompetent boss to chase down the train. But in the end it is the brutal, speeding locomotive, powering through town after town, that steals the show. It’s a monster and all Frank and Will can do is cross their fingers and try to chase the bastard down.
Unstoppable is one of the most fun movies of the year and the fastest 90 minutes on screen right now. It’s Speed on rails.
Unstoppable is in cinemas nationally from January 6, 2011.