Sunday, March 6, 2011

Unstoppable

***DISCLAIMER*** The following review is entirely my opinion. If you comment (which I encourage you to do) be respectful. If you don't agree with my opinion, that's fine. To each their own. I am just sharing my opinions and perspective. Finally, the reviews are given on a scale of 1-5. 1, of course, being terrible. 2, being not great. 3, being okay. 4, being good and 5, being epic!

Unstoppable - 3 out of 5

When I first heard that this movie was about a runaway train and only the douche bag who played Captain Kirk in J.J. Abrams' lens flare orgy reboot of Star Trek and Denzel Washington can stop it, my first instinct was it was going to be terrible. However, after sitting down and watching it, I found it quick enjoyable--that is until the final moments right before the credits that made the film slightly herp and derp to the point it knocked it down from a potential 4 to a solid 3.

There's no surprises here. Once the film starts, you know exactly how it's going to stop. It runs on a familiar track (yep, that was a lame pun about trains). The action is fast pace and the film waste no time getting going and it never slows down. The camera work is beautiful with rotating shots galore and a whole bunch of aerial photography and director Tony Scott has seemingly found his place again after many mediocre or downright disappointing films. Even the cast is was wonderful as you have some great talent like Kevin Dunn (I forgive you for being in the Transformers movies), T.J. Miller (Cloverfield), Ethan Suplee (My Name is Earl) and Kevin Corrigan (Superbad). Denzel is just as good as he always is but the character he is portraying (a grizzled train engineer who's been around the bend several times) is not something we HAVEN'T seen him do before so, in the end, he doesn't really surprise us with anything new but he doesn't disappoint either by phoning it in. And speaking of phoning it in, you have the man he shares every scene with doing exactly that. Chris Pine (who I admit, I'm not a fan of) doesn't really bring much to his role--then again, his character doesn't really have much to begin with, so I don't know if it is his generic acting or the fact his character is just flat. Honestly, any pretty boy actor with a five o'clock shadow could have played this part and no one would have notice. In fact, you probably could have switch Chris Pine out with another actor halfway through the film and you wouldn't have batted an eye.

Unstoppable doesn't offer any real twists or turns and won't surprise you. Like I said, once the film starts, you already know the destination you are heading to. However, the presentation of the film, a decent cast and an alright story delivers a decent and entertaining film. Oh, and you're probably wondering what happens at the end that caused me to drop the score. The film needlessly puts a "Where are they now?" segment set to some generic club rap music and instantly INSTANTLY cheapens the film. But that aside, not a bad movie.

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