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.