Movie Review: Unstoppable

By Ariel Chicklis

1 million tons of steel. 100,000 lives at stake. 100 minutes to impact.

“Unstoppable” with Denzel Washington (“The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3”), Chris Pine (“Star Trek”), and Rosario Dawson (“Death Proof”) hits DVD and Blu-ray on Tuesday, Februrary 15. An experienced engineer and a young conductor attempt to stop a runaway train filled with combustible chemicals before it annihilates an entire city.
The movie lacks any sort of plot or dynamic characters, as do most summer blockbusters, but it is a fast-paced one hour and 38 minutes of mindless entertainment.
The rapid cuts and action-movie editing coupled with incredibly loud sound effects of the out-of-control train are enough to keep everyone at the edge of their seats. Will this innocent Pennsylvania town be wiped off the map by a kamikaze train?
There are short bouts of dialogue within the movie that try to bring the characters closer together but fall short of clearly defining any sort of growth in their relationships. The different methods of stopping this train and the sheer stupidity of the methods large corporations employ to save money and keep their public image squeaky clean are certainly an interesting look into modern America.
“Unstoppable” is a fast-paced movie that doesn’t have any dull moments. The ending comes wrapped up in a gloriously Hollywood way, and you will leave feeling warm, fuzzy and possibly dissatisfied because of how fortunate everything ends up. This movie is purely an action thriller, and if that is what you expect going into it, you will not be disappointed.
“Unstoppable” is rated PG-13 for action and language. MSRP: 29.98 DVD, 39.99 Blu-ray