Sunday, March 20, 2011


Denzel Washington, Chris Pine, Rosario Dawson

"1 million tons of steel. 100,000 people at risk.
100 minutes to impact."

This suspenseful drama is based on true events. A runaway train carrying inflammable substance is hurling towards a string of Pennsylvania towns. It threatens to derail as it reaches a dangerous curve. The authorities have tried every attempt possible to stop the train but their efforts are not successful. Until Frank Barnes (Denzel Washington) a veteran train engineer and his rookie conductor Wil Colson (Chris Pine) decide to pursue the train and stop it from behind.

As the chase intensifies, the two guys start to bond. The younger Colson confides about his marital problems while Barnes, a widower talks about his daughters. Two perfect strangers who just happen to work together soon find themselves the center of attention as local news networks broadcast their heroic efforts, live.

Since the remake of "The Taking of Pelham 123" (which also starred Denzel Washington), director Tony Scott must have developed a passion for trains and he knows how to maximize every aspect of shooting them. The runaway train is the film's ominous main character and Scott's direction has the utmost impact with large scale cinematography from all angles. The bright, bold color palette, and the thin layer of grain that Scott decided to go with, no doubt to give it a gritty feel. Plus an over the top soundtrack to heighten the dramatic effects.

Chris Pine and Denzel Washington work well together. But surely you can always rely on the forceful yet steady performance of Denzel Washington as a reluctant hero to save the day, any time any where danger lurks.

An entertaining popcorn film that delivers all the right punches sans any distracting side plots. It is guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seats.

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