Denzel Washington had to stop a train hijacked by John Travolta and his menacing walrus goatee in the 2009 remake of The Taking of Pelham 123. Jump ahead to the present and Washington is still having transportation issues in this year’s Unstoppable.
Washington’s experienced train conductor, Frank Barnes, has little time to butt heads with newbie engineer Will Colson (Pine) before an experimental, unmanned train carrying tons of combustible chemicals goes out of control (whoever thought that was a good idea is getting a pink slip). Barnes and Colson have to race against time and work together in order to prevent the half-mile-long freight train from crashing into one of the nearby cities or towns.
Unstoppable marks the fifth collaboration between director Tony Scott and Denzel Washington after Crimson Tide, Man on Fire, Deja Vu, and Pelham 123. If the mile-a-minute editing style, kinetic camera movement, and slight green tinted photography of the three previous Washington/Scott collaborations wasn’t your thing, then chances are you might want to pass on Unstoppable.
Check out the early footage from Unstoppable below and see what we mean:
Scott’s approach to filmmaking should actually work well in Unstoppable, given that the film is foremost an adrenaline-fueled thrill ride. There are also few actors that play no-nonsense characters as well as Washington does and Barnes seems like a role very much fitting of that mold.
The premise behind Unstoppable – stop the runaway train – is as basic as it gets and the film looks to avoid getting bogged down in excessive subplots that distract from the central set piece that is an immense, dangerous vehicle on the loose. Scott is a director who knows how to deliver fast-paced action and his latest looks to do just that.
Unstoppable arrives in theaters in the U.S. on November 12th, 2010.