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Rated PG-13 · 98 min. · 2010


A quintessential example of a film that doesn't try to be anything more than it is. An unmanned, half-mile-long "coaster" carrying thousands of gallons of hazardous phenol acid barrels through the western Pennsylvania countryside at 70 mph, its destination the densely populated town of Stanton. It falls to two railworkers—veteran engineer Frank Barnes (Denzel Washington) and newbie conductor Will Colston (Chris Pine)—to chase down and stop the locomotive before disaster hits. Director Tony Scott amplifies the camera-in-a-blender action with depictions of frenzied media coverage, including swooping news choppers and dubious corporate agendas. Barnes and Colston are provided just enough backstory to feign character depth. Mostly, however, this is taut, white-knuckle intensity that is slickly produced and—notwithstanding the pseudo-elephant trumpet that blares every time the runaway train rolls by—more reserved than Scott and Washington's recent collaborations Man on Fire, Deja Vu, and The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3.
Official Site: www.unstoppablemovie.com
Director: Tony Scott
Writer: Mark Bomback
Producer: Eric McLeod, Mimi Rogers and Tony Scott
Cast: Denzel Washington, Chris Pine, Rosario Dawson, Ethan Suplee and Kevin Dunn

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