Extreme Situation, One-Note Characters Work in Unstoppable
- Friday, November 12, 2010
It's Will who will rise to the moment, whose wife will look on as TV footage covers Will's every move (Frank's daughters do the same from their place of employment—Hooters). We cheer on the men, as do the watching masses glued to their TV sets, but it's the horror of what might go wrong and the potential mass loss of life that drives the emotional response more so than our investment in Frank or Will.
Is it asking too much that we care more about the central characters? Maybe. Even if narrowly focused, the film works on the one level it explores in-depth: How to slow, then stop, an out-of-control train full of harmful material. The train roars down the track, threatens to derail several times, and quickly approaches a bend in the track that it can't navigate at high speeds. Sparks fly, metal screeches, and the audience holds its breath.
If you don't demand anything more from a film, you won't be disappointed.
Drugs/Alcohol: Frank's daughters work in a restaurant/bar (Hooters) where alcohol is served and consumed.
Language/Profanity: Lord's name taken in vain; "f" word; d-mn; hell; s-it; b-tch; other vulgar language; middle finger is extended.
Sex/Nudity: Brief shot of Will in his underwear as he gets out of bed; Frank's daughters work at Hooters and are shown in their work uniforms.
Violence/Crime: Train knocks vehicles and other items off the track; train derailment; explosions; a man says he grabbed his wife but didn't hit her, and later brandished a gun; an attempt by someone to board the train goes horribly awry; Will is seriously wounded trying to stop the train.
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