a one-day story that started ordinary to end with aplomb. The film, based on the real-life CSX 8888 incident, tells the story of a runaway freight train, the Triple 7, and the two men, veteran railroad engineer Frank Barnes (Denzel Washington) and young train conductor Will Colson (Chris Pine) who attempted to stop it. Connie (Rosario Dawson) was the train yardmaster who helped the two from afar.
i don't know what's wrong with me, my reaction to this movie somewhat deviates from the Meta Critic and Rotten Tomatoes. you can spot it from the brief Plot summary that i managed to sum it all. i don't know how to justify the high points the movie got from the two critic sites.
anyhow, Will and Frank shared a good camaraderie, given the short time they got to bond. i understood that the story is basically about how these two people became heroes. so to complicate matters, Frank's wife died of cancer and one of his 2 girls are mad at him for forgetting her birthday. on Will's side, he's distracted with the enstrangement from his wife and kid. and due to a misunderstanding, he is to stand on trial for restraining order against him.
CP really played his part well. his distracted looks and mannerisms are spot on. as for Frank, his good attitude towards a rookie such as Will is really commendable. to the fact that he was able to be jovial even though he's going to be let off in a matter of days for the likes of fresh people coming into the job pool.
and you know what, some of the scenes just fell flat for me. the moment Frank mouthed about him being fired already when the Boss threatened to fire him, i feel no sympathy or awe whatsoever because, well, the character in this movie is not given much depth for me to relate to them after all.
as for the driver that was so careless, he set Triple 7 loose with full throttle on, made me realised one thing, being obese really impedes one's mind and body into achieving its full potential. say NO to obesity, dear readers. otherwise you might cause some accident blown out of proportion just like this one.
regarding the 3 star rating, well, perhaps because it's an action pack movie yet i feel no thrill or excitement whatsoever watching this. the interest was flatlined on borderline of good and downright boring. if you are looking for adrenaline and such, get John Q instead.