Featuring Chris Pine and Denzel Washington, this Tony Scott film is one wild ride. Take corporate greed, lazy workers and idiots that wont listen and give them a yard of trains and you get the perfect recipe for this film. It is a comedy of errors and a one thing leads to another eventful film but is in no way a comedy as this film is based on actual events that are described in the film.
It is a time when the railroad is laying off and early retiring its older employees to make way for younger and less expensive workers. They want to make more and more money and are not really concerned for more then that and this attitude filters down to its workers. Your low level menial workers don’t care and are sloppy especially when rushed and mistakes happen. It is just this that causes a train full of hazardous material to go barreling down the tracks as a runaway train running at full throttle. There is nothing that anyone can do to stop this unnamed missile that has its target set on Stanton Pennsylvania along with its hundreds of thousands of residents.
Everything that the company tries to stop the train while saving money does nothing but cause loss of life and sever injury. Nothing is working till 2 men, Pine and Washington, decide to try and do something about it. Denzel Washington plays Frank, a man that is being forced to retire in 3 weeks and Chris Pine plays Will, a new union worker that is starting his first day on the job. Young and old are now in a situation where only they can take and catch the runaway train and stop it. It sounds too Hollywood to be real but something like this did indeed happen and made for a perfect plot for this film.
This drama is packed with action, not something you normally see with a drama. This is a definite must see for those that love Washington, enjoy watching Pine and all those that just love trains. This is a definite one for everyone to go see. Maybe if enough people with money see the film they will realize that you can’t rush everything and turn everything into just another numbers game.