The plot is simple; a runaway, unmanned, train is barreling through Pennsylvania carrying explosive materials. It must be stopped before it hits an elevated turn in the middle of a highly populated town and two rail employees, one at the edge of the retirement the other just starting his career, decide to go after it and attempt to bring it too a stop. What follows is a series of events meant to build suspense and danger but the results fall flat.
The film’s pace is relentless and the film takes place more or less in real time. The movie starts and doesn’t waste a moment getting the train on the run but for all the supposed high suspense this film is supposed to have there are literally only three quick instances of suspense to be had in the picture. Three, that’s it, and obviously you know how every one of these is going to end before they even happen as well. Outside of these brief moments as we lead up the finale we are left to endure endless rotating shots of Denzel Washington and Chris Pine in their train cab. [Read more...]