Tony Scott directs Denzel Washington, Chris Pine and Rosario Dawson in this runaway train disaster movie.
I think I’m not overstating it when I say the film fan community was a little surprised when Quentin Tarantino proclaimed this solid actioner as one of his Top 3 movies of the last decade recently. I mean there’s the Tony Scott connection… there’s the Rosario Dawson connection… and we know he is a self declared fan of both Pine and Speed. Yet most people wouldn’t remember Unstoppable if they were asked to list the best movies of its own release year, let alone for an entire decade. Suddenly Tarantino acolytes were scanning every frame, checking to see if we missed out on subtle shots of ladies bare feet. But… no… this is nothing more and nothing less than a good efficient action movie. The old / young buddy movie arc between Washington and Pine works nicely. The anti-corporate America attitude is not too heavy handed and well played. The whole thing unsurprisingly has a relentless pace. The stunts are decent. It is quite rewatchable. The only negative beyond a lack of ambition and originality is some of the set pieces emerge from left of field with zero set-up. In all honesty, there are far more wanky movies that have been over praised. So why shouldn’t the nippy and utilitarian Unstoppable be part of the “Cinema’s Finest” conversation?
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