This movie was for $4.95 on demand so CK4 and I watched it. Mainly because I’ve seen most of the free movies I want to see and watching something new has it’s allure. If you aren’t familiar with this movie it stars Denzel Washington and Rosario Dawson a few other B listers who accidentally put a train in full throttle. If you couldn’t guess, it becomes Unstoppable. The unattended train foils some potential solutions until you guessed it, Denzel saves the day with his renegade behavior. Sort of reminded me of Taking of Pelham 123 just because a train and Denzel were involved. Ck4 came out of it saying it was a really great movie but that’s because he’s wowed by special effects and life threatening situations that he could never dream of being in. I was entertained but to say it was a truly good movie is giving it way too much credit. The side plot were dumb and the main plot was obvious to make the movie anything special.
I think people have a tendency to be way to heavily favored to one side or the other. Meaning that people either love it or hate it and these type of people skew ratings because they are not real with what they are watching. I would like to outline a rating system that has a much more practical use. Nothing gets a 10 because it’s nearly impossible to be perfect. On the opposite end, things rarely deserve 1’s. When you are handing out numbers for how attractive females are you can’t be throwing out perfect 10’s because the number begins to lose meaning. Also, instead of calling girls 1’s you just bump them up to 4.5’s so everyone wins. You can get a good idea of how people judge things just by hearing their review of one movie and then watching for yourself. When JC, who generally falls asleep halfway through movies, tells me the 4th Kind (A thriller involving an ongoing unsolved mystery in Alaska, where one town has seen an extraordinary number of unexplained disappearances during the past 40 years and there are accusations of a federal cover up) is a really good movie and I should watch it, I know I’m probably not dealing with someone who has the same tastes as myself in what a good movie is.
That’s why it amazes me that Denzel takes on some of these roles because you can just tell it’s all about the money and not how good the role is. I read in Wikipedia that he wanted to walk away from the movie because they wanted him to reduce his pay from 20 million to 16. Seriously, you greedy SOB. The movie isn’t going to win you any awards and you just take the role because. When I saw a preview of Liam Neeson’s new movie I thought to myself, “didn’t he just do this movie in Taken?” Taken was such a terrible role for such a good actor that he only takes it for the money. Literally, there is no plot but him hunting down his daughter and acting like a bad ass. Now he picks another one of the same exact role. This is no Star Wars or Schindler’s list, just an F U pay me. Generally when actors choose these roles, there’s no way they are putting together an Academy Award performance. Just some food for thought when reviewing movies.