Directed by Tony Scott
Run Time: 96 mins
Genre: Action/ Drama/ Inspired by True Events/ Thriller
3.5 frames out of 5
Here’s a math problem for you… a unmanned trail leaves a station going x amount of miles per hour. How far can it go before it A). Runs out of fuel; B). Collides with another train or C). Kills at town full of people?
Inspired by true events, a day on the rails turns into a nightmare for the Pennsylvania Railway System. Train 777 was let loose by a careless worker Dewey (Ethan Suplee) and his co-worker Gilleece (T.J. Miller) watched hopelessly as it went down the rails. They reported the incident to their supervisor Connie (Rosario Dawson) thinking it wasn’t that big of a situation. Connie is furious because there is a bunch of kids on a train for a field trip and the runaway train is headed for them.
When the situation is assessed and they realize how dire the situation is, the corporate guys get involve and their plan involves derailing the train. Only catch is, there are several train cars that are holding deadly chemicals. If the train derails, the collateral damage would be astronomical.
A few engineers hear what’s going on over the radio, 28 year veteran conductor Frank (Denzel Washington) and newbie engineer Will (Chris Pine) decide to go after the train and help stop it before it reaches a dangerous curve in Stanton, PA, where it is a higher population and would kill many people.
If this movie was made in 1994, this movie would have been called Speed. It would have been equally cool if Dennis Hopper was yelling on the other side of a walkie-talkie at Keanu Reeves saying “Pop Quiz, Hot-Shot. There no one on a train and it’s going about 75 miles per hour. It’s load with chemicals and going towards a town full of people. What do you do? What do you do!?”. Unfortunately, that would be the cool/alternate Hollywood version. In this film, Tony Scott leaves the viewer on edge as he takes the actors and viewers alike on a pure adrenaline ride that leaves you spent at the end.
Things to watch for: Chris Pine’s eyebrows. Can someone introduce this guy to a good salon for some waxing? Great banter between Denzel & Chris Pine.
Who should see this movie: Fans of Denzel Washington, Chris Pine, Rosario Dawson, Ethan Suplee, Kevin Dunn, T.J. Miller, Lew Temple, Jessy Schram; People that are familiar with the real story; Fans of Tony Scott.
See it in the Theater or Rent it on DVD: Good afternoon matinee or a rainy day rental.