One wild ride

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Front Page -

DI­REC­TOR Tony Scott tones down the style and ramps up the ac­tion in this wellde­liv­ered, fast-paced thriller which is set on a train, in­spired by real events and much bet­ter than it prob­a­bly should be. Like any train wreck, this is hard to look away from and fol­lows a con­duc­tor and en­gi­neer ( Chris Pine and Den­zel Wash­ing­ton, pic­tured) as they try to chase down a run­away train that is un­manned and chock-full of highly flammable ma­te­rial, be­fore it crashes through a ma­jor town. The cliches are here and you cer­tainly won’t get lost in the plot but there are some good old­fash­ioned thrills and it pretty much gives you ev­ery­thing a run­away train pop­corn movie should . . . and maybe a touch more in places. Ex­tras: The fea­turettes of­fer plenty on Tony Scott and his in-depth re­search be­fore film­ing, the acting busi­ness etc, plus there’s a look at the stunt work and a sit­down with Scott and his ma­jor cast mem­bers. The best stuff comes in the com­men­tary with Scott chat­ting his way through his ‘‘ speed on speed’’ pro­ject.

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