Thursday, November 11, 2010
Unstoppable Movie Review
Thanks to the Pittsburgh Film Office I was fortunate enough to get an invite to the Unstoppable premier right here in Pittsburgh, Pa where nearly the entire thing was filmed! And let me tell you this definitely one wild ride! I went into the film with actually minimal expectations, this isn't topically the kind of film I'd be into. The film starts off slow with smart ass young Will Coleson (Chris Pine) exchanging snarky dialog with equally snippy Frank (Denzel Washington) who is being forced out by the train company. On a seemingly typical first day on the job will finds himself in quite the situation when two goofs make the HUGE mistake of letting a train loose holding tons of explosive chemicals. When all options are exhausted it's up to Will and Frank to stop stop this runaway train.
Now granted there isn't much to the plot:
A )Runaway train, B) No way to stop it, C) Two guys that have a plan to stop it.
However, the ways the scenes are cut between Will and Frank's banter about their troubled lives and the train reeking havoc on a small town in Southern, PA is fantastic and adds mass amounts of tension. And all the cheesy lines that Rosario spouts out in the trailer like "a missile the size of the Christler building actually come off quite compelling in the actual film.
In the end, I was surprised at how on the edge of my seat I was during the majority of the movie. I was also surprised how much I cared about what happened to these characters with only having a short glimpse into their lives. Tony Scott's signature film style shines though and adds a great look to this extraordinary event. All in all, Unstoppable is simplistic and that's what is great about it. So I give it a B-. If you guys check it out this weekend when it opens leave some comments saying what you thought!