An Action Classic, 16 November 2010
Author: gary-444 from United Kingdom
Anyone looking for cerebral entertainment should avoid this film. But if you like the action/disaster genre this is top drawer fare. It is a classic in that it draws upon staple ingredients, you know exactly what you are going to get, and there are no surprises, but it still entertains because all the ingredients work so well.
The plot is very simple, a crew less, passenger less freight train leaves a depot through human error and careers towards the conurbation of Stanford with an explosive cargo on board. Fortunately an old lag of a train driver ,in Denzel Washington ( a black modern day Casey Jones) ,and the greenhorn, Chris Pine, are on hand to save the day.
Director Tony Scott does not mess around, the runaway freight train is the star of the show, appears early, and a few minor sub-plots exist purely to allow us to catch our breath. Of course children and animals are put in jeopardy, of course helicopters buzz, police cars crash and a shoot out (of sorts) is even squeezed in. You want heroics as the stars walk across the top of a train travelling at speed? You get it! There are some good one-liners, Corporate Greed is trounced and the humble working man triumphs, what more do you need?
With no bad language, and a tight 98 minute running time, this really is vintage entertainment to simply enjoy- not think about. The most enjoyable film in its class since “Speed”.