Ever hear the saying “A lot of people would have to screw up for something like that to happen,” this is one of those situations.
Unstoppable follows the incident of a train in Pennsylvania that, after a few mistakes by an engineer, starts going down the tracks at speeds that (very slowly) reach 70 mph. Because of this, the corporation that owns the trains start doing everything in its power to stop the train, but none of it works as they would have hoped. Meanwhile, the manager of the shipyard where the incident happened, Connie (Dawson), is in contact with two others on another train that’s on the same track.
The two are Frank (Washington) and Will (Pine). Frank, is nearly a 30 year veteran and Will is a brand new rookie on his first day on the job with Frank. So you could say it’s like his training day (I’ve been waiting so long to use that joke). Anyways, the other part of the story follows these two as they race to try and stop the train by latching on and pulling it in the opposite direction, to do so they must put aside some of their differences to work together.
The story is pretty straight forward. When I first saw the trailer, I made the joke saying it was like Speed 3, and after seeing it I think it’s a pretty fair assessment. I actually laughed quite a bit though the film just because of all the things that kept going wrong and how over the top they seemed to make everything.
I know it was inspired by a true story, but even a local newspaper that covered the original story said while sticking to the story, the picture was over exaggerated.
All the characters in the film were cookie cutter, we have the angry CEO in the office, the manager who sides with the heroes, and of course the heroes of the story themselves who both had some drama in their lives.
Unfortunately, even with some backstories, Will and Frank aren’t all that interesting as protagonists. Frank is a little too bitter about his job and Will comes off as a young know-it-all, so the characters don’t even start off all that likable. As the movie goes on, the filmmakers try to portray the relationship improving, but Washington and Pine’s characters didn’t seem to ever have solid camaraderie.
The only thing that worked in the film was the last 20 minutes. Around that time the action finally does get moving and it’s much more intense, however the climax isn’t the greatest I’ve ever seen.
There’s not much to say about this picture, there’s a train out of control and some dull characters have to stop it. There’s enough fireworks to warrant a watch on home video, but that’s about it. 2 out of 5.