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Denzel Washington, Chris Pine in new “Unstoppable” clip

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Some very positive feedback regarding Tony Scott’s “Unstoppable” has reached us at HollywoodNews.com headquarters, moving the action thriller to the center of our radar as we prepare for its November release.

The film stars Denzel Washington – who has a hard time saying no to a Scott brother, either Ridley (“American Gangster”) or Tony (“Pelham,” “Déjà vu,” “Man on Fire”) – and Chris Pine as railroad engineers who must join forces to stop an unmanned, runaway train carrying tons of toxic chemicals.

Sound like a one-trick pony? Well, sure, but that didn’t stop films like “Die Hard” or “Speed” from creating multi-faceted characters that earned our interest as they triumphed over a screenwriter-concocted obstacle. I’m anxious to find out how Scott, Washington and Pine pull us in to this ride, and whether or not they’re able to keep the film from derailing (pardon the pun).

This morning, we get a behind-the-scenes look at the film’s characters over on Yahoo Movies. The clip also sets up the plot, and gives us a peek at some of the action. I thought Scott slowed down a bit from his frenetic visual style in “Pelham,” and though the concept almost calls for a storyteller to speed up his approach, maybe the wise decision would be for Scott and crew to pull back and let the speeding train carry the suspense. We’ll find out for sure soon enough.

“Unstoppable” roars into theaters on Nov. 12. Learn more about the film at http://www.facebook.com/unstoppablemovie or http://www.twitter.com/unstoppableFAN.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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