Christmas Present Ideas – 10 Films

5 12 2012

Presents

With Christmas just around the corner (have you just noticed, seriously?) I thought I would make a series of posts giving you ideas about what you should buy. Now I originally thought of doing this like a top 10 but then I decided to just give you some ideas of what to buy. Rating them in a top 10 may suggest which is better and in some way I would put it in that order but right now I am trying to recommend all these present ideas to you and so putting them in a top 10 list may not be such a good idea under the basis you may ignore whatever number 10 may be even if it is the 10th best Christmas present in the history of Christmas. Now I will be using the same format for all the other posts in this series, this also allows me to talk more about the films instead of just reviewing them.

This series will also include such topics as Board Games, Video Games and as you can read by the title, films. I will also be doing a list of monster movies too. This way I can suggest more than 10 films as well as give movie ideas for those who do not like Monster movies (which is a shame because they really are missing out) as well as ideas for those who do like Monster movies. I may also do some other topics for present ideas if I can think of any, maybe TV shows on DVD, maybe. One final thing, all suggestions will be available to UK residents, because I live in the UK and almost all my friends live in the UK and I am recommending the ideas to everyone which of course includes them. Anyway, onto the films.

Seven Samurai (Toho - 1954)

Seven Samurai – From Legendary director Akira Kurosawa comes the best film I have seen this year, which is surprising seeing as it came out 58 years ago. It tells the story of a group of Samurai who are hired to protect a village who are attacked by a group of bandits every year. The film is one of the most highly acclaimed films in cinema history featuring in several top films lists as well as being one of only a few films to achieve a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes (take that Lord of the Rings). Six years later the film would be remade in America as The Magnificent Seven. Starring Takashi Shimura the Great Toshiro Mifune , This is truly one of the Greatest films in the history of cinema and anyone who disagrees simply has not seen it. I am telling you to watch it, WATCH IT NOW, FORGET SEEING THE HOBBIT, IT WILL ONLY DISAPPOINT YOU, SEVEN SAMURAI WON’T, I GUARANTEE IT, JUST WATCH IT, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR, WATCH IT.

The Hunger Games (Lionsgate - 2012)

The Hunger Games – The second best film I have seen this year and the best film I have seen this year if you do not count Seven Samurai which was released in 1954 and not 2012. Anyway, The Hunger Games is based on the book of the same name by Suzanne Collins (which I also recommend along with the other 2 books in the series, I am halfway through Catching Fire). The story follows Katniss Everdeen who is forced along with 23 other children to fight to the death. While it may sound gruesome, don’t knock it until you have seen it (and read it), the story explains it a lot more in detail. Each way, it’s fantastic. Featuring Jennifer Lawrence in the title role along with stars including Josh Hutcherson and the Great Donald Sutherland. Much like I stated for Seven Samurai (and all the films in this list So I don’t have to repeat myself), WATCH IT, WATCH IT, WATCH IT.

13 Assassins (Toho Co., Ltd. - 2010)

13 Assassins – from Takashi Miike (Ichi the Killer and Audition) comes the best period piece since Seven Samurai. The film follows a group of Samurai who have been hired to kill someone who if he comes to power will cause chaos for the people of Japan. The film is a lot like Seven Samurai with warriors in the group like Hirayama who is a lot like Kyūzō. A fantastic Film with Great Scenes, Great Music and a Great Story that needs to be watched. I think you get the point now, WATCH IT, WATCH IT NOW.

Unstoppable (20th Century Fox - 2010)

Unstoppable – From the Late Great Tony Scott (Top Gun and The Taking of Pelham 123) comes a film based on a true story. The film follows Chris Pine and Denzel Washington as they attempt to stop a runaway train. The film contains a huge amount of action which only gets faster and faster and does not stop until the film ends and no matter how many times you watch it, it does not get boring (I guarantee it). An action packed thrill ride from one of cinemas greatest Action Directors (Tony Scott, We Miss You). GET DOWN TO THE SHOPS AND BUY IT, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR, GO AND WATCH IT.

Snow White and the Huntsman (Universal Pictures - 2012)

Snow White and the Huntsman – based on the classic 200-year-old fairy-tale, Snow White and the Huntsman follows the story of Snow White as she escapes with the help of a huntsman from the Evil Queen who wants to drain her beauty to be the fairest of them all. Starring an all-star cast including Kristen Stewart (Twilight Saga) in the title role along with Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Charlize Theron (Monster) and Ian McShane (Deadwood), Bob Hoskins (The Long Good Friday), Ray Winstone (The Departed) as 3 of the seven Dwarves (there are seven in total, don’t worry). Beautifully crafted and beautifully written, this is a film the whole family can enjoy. So, WATCH IT, WATCH IT, WATCH IT NOW.

Prometheus (20th Century Fox - 2012)

Prometheus – If you have children and want them to behave over this festive season, buy them Ridley Scott’s Alien. If you have children and want them to behave over the festive season without scarring them for life buy them Prometheus which happens to have also been directed by Ridley Scott. The story is set on a distant planet as a group of astronauts try to find the beginning of mankind, what they however could spell the end of mankind. Starring Noomi Rapace (The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo), Charlize Theron (Monster), Michael Fassbender (X-Men: First Class) and the Fantastic Idris Elba (Thor) While it is a prequel to Alien, the film has its own mythology and the only real connection to Alien is within the story of this film. There you go, two Scott films in this list, BUY BOTH OF THEM AND WATCH THEM.

Rashomon (Daiei Film Co., Ltd. - 1950)

Rashomon – From Legendary Director Akira Kurosawa (the same man who did Seven Samurai) comes the film that revealed Japanese Cinema to the world. The story is a real who done it mystery as a crime has taken place and each witness to the crime gives a story that contradicts the previous, it’s not until the truth is revealed that everything comes clear. Starring Toshiro Mifune and Takashi Shimura, Rashomon would go on to be the inspiration for films including The Usual Suspects, Vantage Point and Hero. With great use of Weather techniques and a story that will get you thinking, WATCH THIS FILM, WATCH IT, TWO FILMS BY AKIRA KUROSAWA, HOW ARE YOU NOT GETTING THIS, WATCH IT NOW.

Ice Age (20th Century Fox - 2002)

Ice Age – With Christmas being in winter and Snow usually coming down (well at least for some people) why not combine all that with the first film in Blue Sky Studios Ice Age series (and you thought it was DreamWorks or Pixar, well you were WRONG). In my opinion, the best(CGI) Animated Film to date. The story follows a Ground Sloth, a Smilodon and a Mammoth as they try to re-unite a baby with its family. It would be the start of a series that would span over 4 (and possibly 5) films and become the 11th most successful film series to date grossing well over 2.5 billion dollars. For me this is the best in the series. A great combination of characters, cast, story, animation and music to make a film THAT YOU SHOULD WATCH, DO YOU LIKE ANIMATED STUFF? WELL WHY HAVEN’T YOU WATCHED ICE AGE YET? (No offense to those who have watched ice age, you have made a wise decision).

Pan's Labyrinth (Warner Bros - 2006)

Pan’s Labyrinth – From one of the only true visionaries left in Hollywood, Guillermo Del Toro, comes a film filled with fantasy. A small girl comes into contact with a Faun who tells her that if she passes 3 tests she will take her place in the fairytale kingdom that she came from. Set in post-civil war Spain, the film is filled with action and many interesting and some terrifying creatures from the world of Fantasy. With stars including Sergi López, Maribel Verdú and Ivana Baquero in the lead role, go and make your dreams come true BY GOING DOWN TO THE SHOPS AND BUYING IT, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR, WATCH IT.

The Lost World: Jurassic Park

The Lost World: Jurassic Park – The sequel to the Mega film that was Jurassic Park with Steven Spielberg returning to direct. The film follows a group of people travelling to the breeding ground for Jurassic Park whose job it is to document all the species on the island before a greedy business man can use them for his own selfish needs. Starring Jeff Goldblum returning from the previous film to lead the explorers alongside the Late Great Pete Postlethwaite (No rhyme or pun intended) playing the part of African hunter Roland Tembo (look out for him, all his scenes are brilliant, that’s a fact). With Great Special Effects that not even Avatar could beat, this is a definite must see, SO THERE IS NO REASON WHY YOU SHOULDN’T, GO AND WATCH IT, IT CAME OUT IN 1997, YOU HAVE HAD PLENTY OF TIME TO WATCH IT BY NOW, GET YOUR CREDIT CARD OUT AND DRIVE TO HMV NOW.

So there are some films I highly recommend you watch, and when I say that, you know it’s true, SOW HAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR, YOU COULD HAVE ORDERED THESE FILMS OFF AMAZON BY NOW, BUY THEM, WATCH THEM, BUY THEM, WATCH THEM, BUY THEM, WATCH THEM, WHY ARE YOU STILL READING THIS, WATCH THEM, WATCH THEM, WATCH THEM NOW.

GENEPOOL





My Top 10 Favourite (NON-GODZILLA) Films

15 08 2012

With me being a Massive Godzilla fan my top 10 favourite films are all Godzilla Films and so because of this I have 2 Top 10 lists. My own personal Favourites and another for other films which are not Godzilla Films. This list has to e deployed constantly in conversation because my friends are not as interested in Godzilla as much as me. There have been many films recently that I have seen that I regard as my favourite (Non-Godzilla) films. So I have got round to actually producing the list and I thought I would share it here with you. The following films are all definite must see’s. If you want to know where they come in the official list of my favourite films, take their number here and add somewhere between 20 and 29 and you should get the exact number. So enjoy and do remember to watch the following films once you know what they are. There are many films that could not get a place on the list but please don’t think of them as me saying they are bad, they are Great too but it was always going to be a hard decision. The List below will go from 10 – 1 with 1 being my Favourite.

10. Reign Of Fire – Reign Of Fire is a post apocalyptic film where dragons have taken over the world. Whereas many films use things like nature, war and maybe space as the setting for this genre. Reign Of Fire’s use of Dragons is Fantastic and stays true to the ideas of Dragon’s breathing fire and as a result of their destructiveness were not the only things to destroy the world, man’s weapons helped out trying to kill the creature’s. The film stars Christian Bale (Before he was Batman) alongside a bald Matthew McConaughey, Gerard Butler and former Bond Girl Izabella Scorupco. The film begins in London with the discovery of the creature and advances a whole decade later (2020, 8 years from now) to a group of people trying to survive. The Dragons are not some cheap CGI neither, a lot of work has gone into them with the effects rivalling Jurassic Park. Reign of Fire’s mix of Fantasy Ideas and Modern Setting brings new life into the Legendary Beasts and altogether makes a Fantastic Film, (Choosing Number 10 was difficult and came down to three films; this, Broken Arrow and The Dark Knight).

Gamera 3: The Revenge of Iris (1999 - Daiei Film)

9. Gamera 3: Revenge Of Irys – While not a Godzilla film it is a Japanese Monster Movie (Originally this position did got to Transformers: Dark Of The Moon, but after some thought I realised it was not as Good as this). Gamera 3 is the final installment in the Gamera Heisei Trilogy, and what an installment it is. Regarded by many as the Best Monster Movie since the Original Godzilla. While I have my own personal thoughts on it, I can see why they would say that. Around the world several small Gyaos like birds have been spotted, meanwhile a small girl finds a monster who uses her anger for Gamera to grow extraordinarily powerful. it is up to Gamera and a group of Humans to stop both creatures. Directed by the Fantastic Shusuke Kaneko and featuring an amazing cast, Gamera 3 is a must see for both Monster Movie fans and Movie Fans in General.

8. Escape From New York – From the mind of Horror Master John Carpenter comes a film with an interesting idea for the future where Manhattan Island has been turned into a Prison. The film stars Kurt Russell, Lee Van Cleef and Isaac Hayes alongside stars including Adrienne Barbeau, Harry Dean Stanton, Donald Pleasence and Ernest Borgnine. The President of the USA has arrived on the island while escaping Air Force One and the Prison has sent in War Hero and Convict Snake Plissken to rescue him. The films setting is an interesting one. While still remembering that it is a prison, there are some societies between the prisoners. Isaac Hayes’s portrayal as The Duke is done in a nice smooth way making the main villain stand out. More like a crime lord instead of a Bond Villain. The Music was done by Carpenter and has a nice futuristic and bleak interpretation.

7. Unstoppable – Directed by Tony Scott (Top Gun, The Taking of Pelham 123, Man On Fire) comes a film based on a true story of a runaway train. The Film stars Denzel Washington, Chris Pine and Rosario Dawson as Railway employees trying to stop a train hauling Toxic Chemicals on-board before it can create a disaster. The film’s action paced setting and Music keep it going as the action gets faster and faster, not slowing down for a second until the whole crisis has been concluded. One of the Best Action Films in cinema history that only stops when the credit’s roll. Read My Review Here.

6. The Dark Knight Rises – The Final Film in Christopher Nolan‘s Epic Film Series. The film is the final Chapter in the story and is the perfect end to the series. Bruce Wayne has managed to save Gotham from the criminals who used to run it as his alter ego Batman but now must do it all over again to save it for not only the present but for the future and from complete destruction. It has been eight years since Batman has been seen but now he returns but it has been too long. Wayne must now become Batman all over again, start afresh it is the only way he can Rise Up to save Gotham from its newest threat, BANE. The film may be long but it is the perfect way to end the series. The regular cast of Christian Bale, Michael Cain, Gary Oldman and Morgan Freeman have returned and star alongside new cast members Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Marion Cotillard. Hans Zimmer returns along with the familiar title soundtrack. The story does not get boring and the ending will send tingles down your spine as you see how the film ends on the note of the Title Soundtrack and the End of the story. The Perfect Ending to a Fantastic Series.

5. The Host – From South Korea comes a film about something Lurking in the Han River. The Host is a Monster movie that is on a different scale to films like Godzilla Gamera. The creature is no bigger than a bus but this scale means it can be closer to the people it eats rather than the cities it would normally destroy. The film stars Song Kang-ho, Byeon Hee-bong, Park Hae-il, Bae Doona and Ko Ah-seong as a family who goes to war against the monster who took one of their own. The film has some nice action pieces with some more comic pieces which is all nicely wrapped together. The film’s soundtrack is a nice blend of traditional asian music and the dialogue is not ruined by dubbing and goes for the subtitle route instead allowing the passion of the acting to come to it’s full potential. The film comes from director Bong Joon-Ho who also directed Memories of Murder. The Host is a highly acclaimed film by many (“The filmmaker Quentin Tarantino included it in his list of top 20 films released since 1992 (the year he became a director)”) and has a 92% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, it is also the highest grossing South Korean film in History. A Must see for all Monster Movie Fans. Read My Review Here (it is important to make sure you do not mix this up with a film of the same name coming out next year).

4. 13 Assassins – From Prolific and Controversial japanese Director Takashi Miike (Ichi The Killer, Audition) comes a period piece whose essence is like that of an Akira Kurosawa Film. The film is set in 1840’s Japan as the Samurai era is coming to a close, a new lord is about to come to power and so a group of Samurai are hired to kill him before he can become one of the most powerful rulers in Japan. The film brings back the Golden Years of period pieces in Japan Cinema. the film has several pieces of Samurai Sword Fighting and even has the differences in warriors that Seven Samurai had with one of the group being a bit more rogue and not technically a Samurai but does become an integral part of the group. 13 Assassins could be seen as the new launching point for films like this and I hope it does because films like this are Amazing. The film does not rely on CGI with only one scene using it, the rest comes down to good old reality. The film also uses Subtitles instead of dubbing and the raw passion of the japanese language comes out. There is something about the Japanese Language that sounds awesome, particularly during anger and shouting, a real gift. keep a look out for Tsuyoshi Ihara‘s Character HIRAYAMA Kujūrō who’s scenes are always great to see as he is a Great Fighter.

3. Snow White And The Huntsman – Celebrating 200 years of the classic Fairytale this adaptation has a nice blend of story and action that deserves its spot in my top 3. Starring Kristen Stewart as Snow White, Charlize Theron as the Evil Queen and Chris Hemsworth as The Huntsman. The film follows the story of the fairytale as Snow White escapes the Evil Queen who sends a Huntsman to collect her but who eventually helps Snow White escape to a distant land and from here launch an attack on the Queens Realm to overthrow her. The films story does follow the normal path of a good fairytale and does not over-complicate for the viewer. The Evil Queen is a classic villain with the viewer not having any sympathy for her and just booing her. Kristen Stewart’s (I hope she returns for the sequel) portrayal is fantastic with Chris Hemsworth cementing the roles to make the film an adventure throughout. Backed up by many more fine actors including Ian McShane, Bob Hoskins and Ray Winstone as Dwarves, the films setting breathes new life to this classic story.

The Hunger Games (Lionsgate - 2012)

2. The Hunger Games – This Past March I saw an incredible film, for about 4 weeks I could not think about anything else. I did not see it coming. I read about it before hand but I did not know much about it. It was only in passing that I noticed it and thought about seeing it. Thinking of it as a Battle Royale Rip Off I decided to go and see it, and I loved it. The Hunger Games is not a rip-off, it has similar themes but it is its own film, and own story. The film is based on the books of the same name by author Suzzanne Collins. It follows the story of Katniss Everdeen who along with 23 (12 Girls and 12 Boys) other children between the age of 12 – 18 as they are forced to compete in a fight to the death in an annual event orchestrated by the ruthless capitol.  I loved the actors playing the great characters, I loved the story, the feel, the look and while it has this idea of mass slaughter there are several times where you have these nice scenes. Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth and the Great Donald Sutherland, The Hunger Games is a film that should not be overlooked. Keep your eyes peeled for it, you will not be dissappointed. The sequels have already been announced and the books are terrific (I bought the first one the day after I saw the film and bought the other 2 six chapters in). A Nice Film that will be hard to beat. Read My Review Here.

1. Seven Samurai – What Else Was It Going To Be. Out of all the (Non-Godzilla) films I have seen this is the one that stands out more for me than any other film. Directed by the Legendary Akira Kurosawa, this Master Piece is regarded as one of the Greatest Films in the History of Cinema. Starring such Legends of Japanese Cinema as Takashi Shimura, Isao Kimura, Minoru Chiaki as well as who many think of as the Greatest Japanese Actor in History; Toshiro Mifune. The film tells the story of a group of Samurai who have been hired by a local village to protect them from Bandits. The film itself is very long but does not get boring, even for a second. The film uses subtitles instead of dubbing which in turn like I have said previously allows for the true passion of the fantastic acting and vocals of the Japanese Actors to really come to life. Toshiro Mifune in particular is fantastic as the out-of-place, would be Samurai Kikuchiyo who while bonkers is enjoyable to watch and by far in my opinion the best character. The film’s soundtrack is Great too with the main theme being one of the Best Pieces of music I have heard not only this year but in any film I have seen. I could talk about it for a while but I don’t want to spoil it for you (or me). A thoroughly enjoyable film, directed by a Legend, Starring Legends with a Legendary Soundtrack. Seven Samurai is my Favourite (Non-Godzilla) film and deserves its place. A Fantastic Film. Read My Review Here.

GENEPOOL (Because I am currently recovering from a Nasty Case of Shingles there will be no Film Review This Month, Service will hopefully resume in September).





Random Alphabet Quiz – Answers

2 06 2012

This past February I did an online Quiz, well 3 months have passed and I think it is time to reveal the Answers (I am not going to link the answers, it will take a while to do).

  1. A comic book writer who wrote V for Vendetta – Alan Moore
  2. A type of instrument which has been used by Geezer Butler, Peter Hook and Gene Simmons – Bass Guitar
  3. A fire type Pokémon that can fly  – Charizard
  4. The name of the city featured in Blade The Series – Detroit
  5. A British Airline – EasyJet
  6. The winning country of the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest – Finland
  7. A Japanese Monster with a shell – Gamera
  8. A 2010 Video Game for the PS3 which included a lot of water – Heavy Rain
  9. A popular takeaway food in Britain – Indian Food
  10. A British TV series starring Alan Davis – Jonathan Creek
  11. The second highest mountain on Earth – K2
  12. A British Stand-up Comedian – Lenny Henry
  13. A Monster that has fought Godzilla 5 times – Mothra
  14. A brand of Instant Coffee – Nescafe
  15. A type of fruit that is sometimes served with Duck – Orange
  16. An Australian Drum and Bass Group who relocated to the UK in 2003 – PENDULUM
  17. A type of mine – Quarry
  18. A French car manufacturer – Renault
  19. A British Heavy Metal Band who have had 4 UK top 10 Albums – Saxon
  20. A form of transport that can be found in Nottingham and Manchester – Trams
  21. A 2010 Film about trains – Unstoppable
  22. A Country that is famous for a War – Vietnam
  23. An American Actress who has been nominated for 13 Emmy Awards – Whoopi Goldberg
  24. A Morecambe based Professional Wrestling Company – XWA
  25. A British Restaurant Chain which specialises in Japanese Food – YO! Sushi!
  26. A Black and White Animal – Zebra

How many did you get right?

GENEPOOL





UNSTOPPABLE Review – The Runaway Train came down the hill and Blew Up; Unless Chris Pine and Denzel Washington can Stop it

27 04 2011

Since I was young I have always liked trains. There is a brilliant Museum in York called The National Railway Museum which I have visited a few times. It contains many famous trains including Mallard and a Bullet Train. There was a Great place in Cornwall called Dobwalls where there was a miniature railway (until they ruined it by removing it) which was well designed with 2 trains running every day. I even have a Miniature Railway; I have not used it for a while though. In 2010 I was looking through YouTube and found this interesting film trailer which included trains in it. The film is called Unstoppable and it is based around a real life event (I think I might have seen it on Newsround) where a train filled with Toxic Chemicals goes on the run with no-one at the controls.

The film is by Tony Scott (brother of Ridley Scott) and stars Denzel Washington as Frank Barnes (a veteran railroad engineer) and Chris Pine as Will Colson (a young train conductor) with Rosario Dawson as Connie Hooper (a train yardmaster).

The film is based on the CSX 8888 Incident;

The CSX 8888 incident, also known as the Crazy Eights incident, involved an unmanned runaway train led by CSX Transportation locomotive #8888, an EMD SD40-2 that was pulling a freight train consisting of 47 cars, some of them loaded with Molten Phenol, a highly explosive and largely toxic chemical. The train ran uncontrolled for two hours at speeds up to 51 miles per hour (82 km/h) through the U.S. state of Ohio. It was finally brought to a stop with the help of a railroad crew in a second locomotive which caught up with the runaway and Coupled to the rear car. Wikipedia

The film starts out with Will Colson meeting Frank Barnes for the first time and the 2 of them head out to work with Frank Barnes acting as a teacher to Colson. Meanwhile a train with School Children onboard is going on a trip to a rail yard to learn about rail safety. At the rail yard 2 workers are told to move a train from its current siding to another. One of them gets into the engine and waits for confirmation, the other worker discovers that one of the Air Brakes is not attached, because it is a short trip the man in the engine tells the other worker to leave it, he begins to move the train. The man in the engine room discovers that the points are in the wrong place and gets out of the MOVING train to switch them, however the train’s speed control has slipped and is now in the full speed position accelerating more and more, the man in the engine room switches the points but fails to get back in the train. Connie Hooper arrives and finds out about this and tells the 2 workers to go and chase after it. She contacts a welder named Ned Oldham (Lew Temple) and asks him to keep his eyes on it. Meanwhile Will and Frank collect some carts in Stanton Pennsylvania and start to talk to one another.

Connie discovers that the Runaway train named Triple Seven is on the same line as the train that is carrying the School Children and tells the driver of that train to go to a diversion, he just makes it as the Runaway (now at full speed) runs straight past them. Connie reports the incident to Oscar Galvin (Kevin Dunn). It is discovered that the train is carrying Molten Phenol and would cause a major disaster if the train de-railed. Galvin decides to try and slow down the train by putting one in front of it and try to land someone on the runaway to slow it down, the attempt fails.

Connie asks the police force to close every rail crossing on the line and at this point Ned talks to some of the police and they decide to help him chase the train. Will and Frank are told to go into a siding but because they picked up some extra cars Frank decides to try a different siding, when they reach the siding Triple Seven is in sight heading towards them. They manage to get into the siding losing a cart off the back.

Frank decides to try and stop the train by chasing the train from behind it and then pull it in the other direction. Galvin decides to try and derail Triple Seven with derailers. The train reaches the derailers and runs straight through them with nothing happening. When Galvin and Connie hear about Frank and Wills idea to pull the train in the other direction Galvin threatens to fire them both, it is then revealed that Frank has been given a 3 month notice. When the derailers fail to stop Triple Seven Connie decides to ignore Galvin and tells Colson and Barnes to catch the train. They manage to catch up to it and when Will tries to connect the two trains he gets his foot crushed. A safety inspector who is visiting the rail yard informs Colson and Barnes that braking their train instead of pulling it might work better than pulling it. As they start to brake it does not much good so Frank heads out onto the carts being pulled by Triple Seven and applies the manual brake slowing the whole train down. However this is not enough to stop it and the brakes on the Chase Train blow leaving only the independent air brakes left. As the train enters a large curve at Stanton fears grow it could derail and cause a huge accident. With the correct timing Colson applies the Independent Air Brakes and stops the train from derailing. Frank continues to apply the brakes but stops when the distance between 2 cars is too wide to jump. Then Ned drives out onto a parallel stretch of road and races up to the chase train. Will jumps in and the car speeds up to catch the front of Triple Seven. Will manages to jump onto the train and walks into it and brings the runaway to a complete stop.

Everyone celebrates and many people get rewarded. Frank gets promoted, he is now retired with full benefits, Will continues to work for the rail company and is expecting his second child, Connie becomes Vice President of Train Operations (Oscar Galvin’s old job) and the train yard worker who left the train to change the points is now working in the Fast Food Industry.

The film is a nonstop ride of action with the Action only getting faster as the film progresses with the action stopping as the train stops. The cast has been well-chosen for this film, in particular Rosario Dawson as Connie Hooper and Lew Temple as Ned Oldham. Denzel Washington is amazing in this film and the role suits him well. The trains are real as well making the film look amazing and real, it is good that they are real because CGI would not have the same effect and feel to the film. The Music also adds to the Excitement, When the music starts it does not stop, just like the film. Unstoppable is my Second Favorite film of 2010 with the action starting as the train leaves the yard and not slowing down until the train slows down. I really recommend this film, it has action that does not stop and contains a really great mix of Action, Music and Characters with Great Actors to play them.

Unstoppable is a must see.

GENEPOOL








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