After human error sends a 39-car freight train, unmanned and loaded with toxic chemicals, racing through southern Pennsylvania, a couple of working stiffs—longtime train engineer Denzel Washington and new political hire Chris Pine—valiantly set off in hot pursuit. This hard-charging action thriller is based on a 2001 incident that took place in Ohio, and the story gives action director Tony Scott (Domino, Man on Fire, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3) a chance to show his stuff without endless bullets and blood; in fact the only shots fired in the entire movie are from marksmen trying to hit a trip switch on the passing train. Screenwriter Mark Bomback doesn't do much with the backstory scenes linking Pine and Washington to their worried families, but the main story is gripping, flawlessly paced, and nicely grounded in operational detail. With Rosario Dawson.
Director: Tony Scott
Producer: Julie Yorn, Tony Scott, Mimi Rogers, Eric McLeod, Alex Young, Chris Ciaffa, Rick Yorn and Jeff Kwatinetz
Cast: Denzel Washington, Chris Pine, Rosario Dawson, Kevin Dunn, Ethan Suplee, Kevin Corrigan, Kevin Chapman, Lew Temple, T.J. Miller, Jessy Schram, David Warshofsky, Andy Umberger, Elizabeth Mathis, Meagan Tandy, Dylan Bruce, Jeff Hochendoner, Ryan Ahern, Christopher Philips and Kevin McClatchy