Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Runaway Train, Never Coming Back

Plot? You want a plot? How about a runaway train that could killed thousands of people? Now that's a plot!

... and that pretty much is the plot. Insert every basic idea you can think of from other movies that tried to stop runaway trains, and it's here as well. Of course, this movie has a leg up over other movies in that this is based on an actual story, and, aside from extreme over-dramatisation for movie purposes, what happened there happens here.

But it's also a buddy pic. He's a long time train worker, with lots of experience. He's a young brash kid, not really invested in this job. Together, can they find a way to work with each other, and maybe unite to stop a train?

Check out those names: Denzel Washington, Chris Pine, Rosario Dawson, Kevin Dunn... And I don't know how much was shot real, or manufactured, but it looks good.

Basically, yes, we aren't talking great human stories here, but the point is... this is fun. It's a runaway train, people try to stop it, town and cities are in danger, people are yelling at each other, two guys are bonding... low grade thinking, high grade action! Fun!


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