Unstoppable Movie Review

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    1. The News Bot

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      Reviewed by Chris McEneany, 27th November 2010.
      Tony Scott's latest comes on like a blitzkrieg, its singular, ultra streamlined narrative a welcome relief after so many bloated and unsatisfying cinematic adventures this year. A rousing momentum of noble pursuit and a sweaty-palmed finale ensure that Unstoppable should be a sure-fire crowd-pleaser even if, ultimately, it will prove to be a rather forgettable one. Washington and Pine are both great actors and they provide their erstwhile blue-collar heroes with enough energy and character to have genuinely invest in their well-being. I tend to find that Denzel can be quite cloying and even patronising with some roles, but his defiant engine-driver is, just like the film, remarkably pared-to-the-bone, and all the better for it.

      The trailer is suggestive of mucho action but the truth is a little different. The real-time vibe is a winner, though, and the runaway train's demonic presence is wonderfully evoked. The allusions to Jaws aren't correct, however, as this machine is no sinuous and mostly unseen threat. Engine 777 is a constant entity that motors like a gravity-ensnared Exocet through swathes of gaping onlookers, and even when the leviathan isn't in our heroes' sight, it is caught barging across the landscape like a metal tsunami on the cameras of a host of fly-by reporters. References to Duel, or even The Car, are for more appropriate, I feel.

      No murders, no shoot-outs and a fair few clichés handily derailed early on mean that Unstoppable can be quite a refreshing treat. All aboard the runaway train from hell, then!


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      Great review as usual Chris. Hopefully catch this at the cinema :thumbsup:
       

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