It took forever to get the kids in bed and asleep last night. But, since it was Friday and we didn’t have any place to be first thing in the morning, my wife and I managed to finally sit down and watch the movie Unstoppable, which we got from Netflix a couple weeks ago.
This was a movie that we had thought about seeing when it was at the theater. However, while I thought it might be worth the price of admission, I never did like spending $30 on tickets and popcorn for any film that is under two hours long (this one was only 98 minutes) so I decided to pass. And, after seeing it last night, I’m kind of glad I did.
I want to make it clear; I did not hate this movie. In fact, I do think it was pretty good. The film is a fictionalized account of a real-life incident that happened in Ohio in 2001 (in this case, however, it happens in Pennsylvania). A train, carrying a large line of cars that includes hazardous material is accidentally sent down the track un-manned and in full throttle and train employees (including Denzel Washington and Chris Pine) have to figure out how to stop it before it ends up striking something or de-rails in a populated area.
And, there are quite a few intense scenes, such as an early attempt to stop the “Triple 7” that results in another train exploding and a very bad looking accident involving an employee hanging from a helicopter, that did manage to keep us on the edge of our seat. This is especially true toward the end of the film.
Unfortunately, while good, the movie could have been much better; which is why I’m glad I waited until it was on DVD. This is because there were quite a few dull stretches considering this was supposed to be an action movie.
Washington’s character, for example, didn’t even do all that much for three quarters of the movie. Him and Pines just coasted along in another train at a snail’s pace while everyone else in the movie did the work. And, other than what I mentioned above, there wasn’t all that much suspense through the bulk of it; the movie was mainly footage of a train traveling very fast with an occasional near miss. Considering the movie was so short to begin with, I find it hard to believe they couldn’t find a way to pack a little more action into it.
Final Opinion: I wouldn’t suggest buying it. But, it is worth renting and worth sitting through the boring parts. I would also suggest looking up the incident that inspired it so you can read about the real-life heroes that adverted what could have been a big disaster.
Average Netflix Grade: 3.9 stars out of a possible 5.
My Grade: 3 stars.