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Unstoppable **** (2010, Denzel Washington, Chris Pine, Rosario Dawson, Ethan Suplee, Kevin Dunn, T J Miller) – Classic Movie Review 4006

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All aboard for a fantastic, non-stop thrill ride as rail workers Frank and Will (Denzel Washington and Chris Pine) set off in a separate train to chase an unmanned, half-mile-long freight locomotive carrying a cargo of toxic chemicals and poisonous gas. Quiet, unassuming heroes, they are desperate to try to stop the runaway train before it derails on a curve and causes a spill that would wipe out an American town.

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Based on a real incident in 2001, this runaway train story could just be a TV movie. But the huge-scale production, nail-biting stunts and awesome action, Tony Scott’s heart-pounding direction and the two scalding star turns elevate it to first-class travel. Once the movie starts, there is just no let-up till it burns screaming and kicking into its destination. There is an excellent screenplay by Mark Bomback too.

Rosario Dawson has a good role as Connie, the woman at the control booth. Ethan Suplee (from TV’s My Name Is Earl) has a less relishable part as Dewey, the idiot engineer who leaves the train unmanned and sets off the runaway.

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Tragically, it proved Scott’s final film in the director’s chair before his suicide on 19 August 2012 at the age of 68. Scott worked with Washington five times – on Crimson Tide (1995), Man on Fire (2004), Deja Vu (2006), The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (2009), and Unstoppable (2010).

© Derek Winnert 2016 Classic Movie Review 4006

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