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This review is from: Unstoppable (DVD)
UNSTOPPABLE is a disappointing exercise of how trying to cover a routine story with a lot of camera and time-lapse gimmicks simply cannot save a poor script. Though represented as a low budget film, the special effects crew seems to have blown the budget on the usual incendiary, explosive, blowing-up-fuel-truck-on bridge, burning clothing gimmicks that are by now tired at best.
Wesley Snipes tries to save this tale of a war veteran at odds with his conscience over duties performed while on duty who accidentally becomes involved in a caper involving bad guys and injectable drugs so evil that they threaten to be give the owner of the drug complete control over everyone's mind. Mistaken identity, good guy with guilt becoming a transient bad guy under drug influence under chase by the drug lords, CIA, FBI, and police (who just happen to be on Snipes' side for reasons less dramatic) - all of these are thrown into the blender and out comes soup.
The supporting cast has some familiar faces - Jacquelyn Obradores (NYPD Blues), Vincent Riotta ('Under the Tuscan Sun', 'Captain Corelli's Mandolin'), Adewale Akinnuoye-Abaje (remember Adebisi in 'OZ'?) and given the pedestrian script, these and others give good performances. The problems (and there are many) include out-of-focus camera work to make us 'feel' the effect of the drug injected into Snipes' character and the imagined vs real footage that intermingles at a maddening rate to clutter the progress of the action.
A film for those who love Wesley Snipes and for those who can buy into yet another mindless action flick. Grady Harp