One wild ride
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.