by Keith Kelly
Unstoppable” is an explosive thriller that
keeps you on the edge of your seat. The plot is very simple-an
unmanned freight train, pulling cars full of toxic materials, is
racing unchecked towards a city, sure to cause major death and
destruction. Only a seasoned veteran train engineer, played by
Denzel Washington, and a young, brash conductor-Chris Pine of Star
Trek fame, can save the day. Or can they?
Once the train gets moving towards it’s
unstoppable destiny, the action is non-stop and suspenseful. But the
thin scenario, dropped storylines, gaps in logic and standard
“by-the-book” characters almost defeats this film. If not for the
considerable talents of Denzel and Chris, and the breathless
intensity and tension, this movie could have easily become cheesy
and laughable. The whole premise was handled with a lot more finesse
in 1985’s “Runaway Train” which starred Jon Voight and Eric Roberts.
So I say hold onto your dollars for your
Holiday shopping, and wait for the DVD. I give “Unstoppable”
directed by Tony Scott, a grade of “B-“. I’m Keith Kelly.
Keith Kelly TV