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Movie Review: Unstoppable

Written By: Harold Schossman



Do you remember the 1995 summer blockbuster "Speed" where a bus needs to stay above 50mph to keep a bomb from detonating? Well the dynamic duo Denzel Washington and director Tony Scott have teamed up again on the new action flick "Unstoppable" and play that very same game only this time with trains! Washington plays a seasoned railroad veteran, Frank Barnes, who teams up with rookie Will Colson (Chris Pine) on another, routine day at work. Their work, however, turns into anything but routine as they are called upon to stop an unmanned half mile long freight train that runs out of control at 70 mph and threatens to wipe out a city with its toxic cargo. At first Will and Frank are at odds with each other. Frank is about to be retired and considers Will, who happens to be a political hire, to be a threat to himself and his fellow workers. Throughout the ride the animosity between Barnes and rookie Colson grows into a bond as the unlikely pair has to rely on each other to face the challenge at hand.


While the film's premise may have audiences wonder why Denzel Washington is doing another railroad movie after he has just starred in "The Taking Of Pelham 123" moviegoers should know that these films are nothing alike. While Pelham was more psychological in nature Unstoppable is, well as its title promises truly unstoppable. While the plot may not be overly sophisticated Tony Scott has delivered a thrilling high speed ride, bigger and better than Speed and absolutely perfectly executed.


Denzel Washingon is getting up there in age, so the role as close to retired railroad veteran was fitting. The chemistry between him and director Tony Scott is undeniable. Star Trek's Chris Pine continues to build a name for himself and will soon be one of Hollywood's A-listers. Untoppable is a great action thriller, perfect for this time of the year, certainly one of the Thanksgiving hits that should not be missed.

About The Author: Harold Schossman is our International News Correspondent and our resident Expert Videographer. He has worked in the entertainment industry for almost two decades. Be sure to check out his outstanding video work on his YouTube account.