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Friday, November 26, 2010

[7.00/10] Unstoppable (2010)


Unstoppable (2010)

In this high-octane action thriller by Tony Scott, a massive unmanned locomotive, nicknamed "The Beast" and loaded with toxic cargo, roars through the countryside, vaporizing anything put in front of it. A veteran engineer and a young conductor, aboard another train in the runaway's path, devise an incredible plan to try and stop it, and prevent certain disaster in a heavily populated area. After the lackluster effort that "The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3" was last year, action maestro Tony Scott is back on track with "Unstoppable" - a simple-plotted, yet highly entertaining and well-executed adrenaline rush fueled thriller, that delivers everything it promises. "Unstoppable" is inspired by real events, and Tony Scott does an incredible job in keeping it as realistic as possible, but also making it consistently gripping and highly entertaining for the audience. This is certainly not an easy thing to do, so Mr. Scott deserves credit for that. If you're familiar with Tony Scott's style, you pretty much know what to expect - his trademark fast zooms, rapid fire editing and shaky camera movements are noticeable, but thankfully, none of it is overdone. The action sequences are one of the film's strongest points, and will definitely keep you on the edge of your seat, as they are superbly-handled, brilliantly-edited, very intense and exciting to watch. The cinematography is decent, though not very appealing, as the colors are slightly washed out and unsaturated, and the scenery of Pennsylvania is rather unspectacular. Oscar-winner Denzel Washington and "Star Trek"'s own Chris Pine play the two main characters and they both deliver great performances. Tony Scott's favorite Denzel Washington is good as usual, but the handsome and very talented Chris Pine is the true star of the show. Not only are his sparkling blue eyes mesmerizing, but has the charisma and screen presence to carry a movie all by himself. He's confident without being too cocky and utterly captivating to watch, and for all those reasons, he completely outshines Washington in this one. Plus, those tow have an easy on-screen chemistry that feels believable. Rosario Dawson also gives a credible and very tense performance as the anxious yardmaster, Connie. The supporting performances by the other actors are passable at best. Fast-paced, hyper-intense and completely absorbing, "Unstoppable" is a popcorn entertainment at its best, and Scott's finest achievement since his remarkable "Man on Fire".

6 comments:

J-SON said...

Yeah it was very intense, it starts off slow like a train and keeps on adding speed all the way to the end of the film. Truly unstoppable! =)

Nebular said...

I couldn't agree more with you, J-son! I was on the edge of my seat the whole time, which is always a good sign.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

It's tense enough I did not object to the 90 minute run time! And I found everything believable. Despite the trailer, the train doesn not destroy hundreds of cars and buildings!

Nebular said...

Considering the fact that people were warned about this runaway train, I didn't expect it to destroy hundreds of buildings and cars. Otherwise, I completely agree with you, Alex.

Jaccstev said...

Delicious review mate. I'll wait for the DVDrip/BRrip of this one.

Nebular said...

Thanks a lot, Jaccsy! When the DVDrip leaks, I'll let you know immediately, so you can watch it before the official DVD release. OK? :)