S2S Goes to the Movies: ‘Unstoppable’

    Academy Award winner Denzel Washington is back on the tracks with his new film Unstoppable. 







    Academy Award winner Denzel Washington is back on the tracks with his new film Unstoppable.
    Denzel stars in Unstoppable as railroad engineer Frank Barnes, a family man with his share of problems at home. Frank, who has held his job for 28 years, is skeptical of new rookie conductor Will Colson (played by Chris Pine).

    In Unstoppable, an action thriller, Frank and Will are in a race against time. The two are chasing a runaway train carrying cargo full of chemicals. The engineer and his young conductor must regain control of the train before it derails and causes a massive toxic spill that threatens to wipe out an entire town. 

    Will is like most just starting on a new job: young, accident-prone, cocky and eager-to-impress. Like Frank, he also has his own share of family issues. Frank’s concerns and reservations about the newbie create tension between the rookie and the veteran. Will is seen as new blood at a company that has been replacing and forcing the older workers like Frank to retire.
    Unstoppable was mostly shot throughout Ohio and Pennsylvania, but some scenes were filmed in New York and West Virginia. This marks the fifth collaboration between master film Director Tony Scott and Washington.  

    Other films Denzel and Tony have collaborated on are Crimson Tide, Man on Fire, Déjà Vu. Tony and Denzel also worked together on the actor’s last locamotive-centered thriller, The Taking of Pelham 123. 

    Their film collaborations have generated well over $600 million world wide at the box office and produced two #1 opening day films, Crimson Tide and Man on Fire. 

    In an age where blockbuster films rely heavily on CGI images to enhance the action, Tony has proven that you can still create a chilling, edge-of-your-seat action thriller by being practical and making the actors perform their own stunts and crashes.  

    With a $100 million budget, one of the hottest young actors in Hollywood, a screen legend, and icon behind the lens, it’s safe to say that the streak will continue for Tony and Denzel’s tag team.
    Overall the cast of Denzel, Chris and Rosario Dawson were great, and the script was executed to perfection. Unstoppable is a very well made movie and we enjoyed it. We think it’s a must see!  

    Grade: A



    — Datari Turner




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