Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Movie Review: Unstoppable




When an unmanned train carrying explosive substances barrels towards a major city, it's up to a young trainee and a veteran engineer to stop it. Chris Pine plays a modest and troubled trainee, and Denzel Washington plays his supervisor.

The intensity in this movie kept me on the edge of my seat. Usually, I prefer some element of science fiction or paranormal in a movie, but Unstoppable kept my attention and stayed realistic at the same time. From a writer's perspective, I loved how the script delved into their personal problems and allowed their stories to unravel naturally as the movie progressed.

This movie touches on issues that really hit home in today's economy. The supervisor is working his last weeks with the company. He's been forced into early retirement with only partial benefits after devoting his life to his job with the company. The company CEO would rather risk lives than destroy property.

I especially enjoyed Rosario Dawson's portrayal of the dispatcher. She's aggressive and shrewd, yet compassionate. She delivers a convincing performance of someone in a sticky situation that knows just what to do.



This movie went deeper than I thought it would without sacrificing action or suspense. I recommend it.

12 comments:

Cherie Reich said...

It sounds like a good movie. I've been wanting to see it for a while.

Jen Daiker said...

I thought Unstoppable was a very good movie. Definitely one that I remembered and I enjoyed the characters immensely. I was very surprised!

Sorry I've been so distant! I'm still lurking but my commnenting has slowed down... it makes me sad!!

JM Leotti said...

I just found your blog, and I'm now following. Like you, I'm a writer who does another creative thing as a day job (I'm an artist and sculptor of fantasy subjects) and I'd love to chat with you about this topic--the push and pull of two creative endeavors. Do you have an email address or some other way we can chat without boring the general populous? :) Thanks so much, and now that I've found your books I'm looking forward to reading them!

Julie Dao said...

I've been wondering about this movie! Thanks for the recommendation. I've heard good things from many other people, too, so it sounds like a must-see.

Theresa Milstein said...

Thanks for the review. The movie sounds good, so I'm going to check it out.

Carol Kilgore said...

I haven't seen this, but it sounds good. It will go on the list. Thanks.

Holly Ruggiero said...

Good review. I may have to check it out.

Plain Jane said...

My husband and I were just wondering what movie we should go see and I think you just answered our questions. Thanks.

The Words Crafter said...

I've been wanting to see this!!!! Hopefully, this weekend will be calm enough to finally do it.

Have a great weekend :)

roxy said...

My husband and I watched this movie, and we liked it, too. I enjoy anything with Denzel in it, and Chris Pine is pretty easy on the eyes as well. Great review, Aubrie!

Kathi Oram Peterson said...

I loved that movie. I've seen it a couple of times and even though I know how it's going to end, I'm still on the edge of my seat. Go figure. :)

L'Aussie said...

Excellent Aubrie. I'm always looking for another good movie.

Denise<3

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