If you’re looking for a nonstop action movie that’s an unrelenting thrill ride, “Unstoppable” is now boarding.
Inspired by a true story, the film stars Denzel Washington as Frank, a veteran engineer whose assignment for the day is working with rookie conductor Will (Chris Pine). It’s hard times in the railroad business and the old timers don’t have a lot of respect for the newbies who they fear are taking their jobs.
Meanwhile, further down the line, a series of unfortunate occurrences result in a half-mile-long freight train rolling down the track with no one on board. And it’s gaining speed. Oh, and it’s carrying hazardous materials. Oh, and if it isn’t stopped it’s likely going to derail at a sharp curve on an elevated track in a densely populated area.
Are you nervous yet?
At the railroad’s command center, Connie (Rosario Dawson) is butting heads with her superior (Kevin Dunn) over how best to stop the runaway train. As is the way of such things, the top boss makes all the wrong decisions. So eventually it comes down to Frank and Will in a mad attempt to use their train to hook onto the other train and try to slow it down.
Director Tony Scott has crafted the kind of edge-of-your-seat ride not seen since “Speed.” Once the story kicks into gear it’s, well, unstoppable. When the movie ended I was pretty well spent.
Did it work for me? Yes. Highly recommended.