Number of Times Seen – 2 (23 Jan 2011 and 30 Jan 2018)
Brief Synopsis – When a runaway train threatens to wreck havoc in rural Pennsylvania, an engineer and a rookie conductor attempt to do all they can to stop the train.
My Take on it – This is a film with a really silly sounding plot that doesn’t expect to do much yet it managed to deliver because it’s so much fun to watch.
This film somehow manages to keep things thrilling the whole time with lots of non-stop action.
This was Director Tony Scott’s final film before his death the following year and he does a wonderful job of keeping this film so enjoyable the entire time.
The story, like a train, slowly gains momentum until it reaches breakneck speed.
The dialogue is simple, yet it helps endear us to the characters as we slowly begin to learn about them as things move along.
This isn’t the kind of film that would win awards for depth yet it still manages to be extremely entertaining despite it all.
Bottom Line – Really fun film despite the fact that the premise doesn’t sound so interesting. This film is action packed and is able to deliver on thrills. This was Director Tony Scott’s final film before his death and he is able to keep the momentum going the entire time while also finding a way to endear the characters to us by the dialogue. Not the kind of film that will ever be up to win any awards but it’s pure popcorn fun.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The film is inspired by the “Crazy Eights” unmanned train incident in 2001. The train, led by CSX Transportation SD40-2 #8888, left its Walbridge, Ohio rail yard and began a 66 mile journey through northwest Ohio with no one at the controls, after the engineer got out of the originally slow-moving train to correctly line a switch, mistakenly believing he had properly set the train’s dynamic braking system, just as his counterpart in the movie did. Two of the real train’s tank cars also contained thousands of gallons of molten phenol, similar to the fictional train in the film. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy
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