Frank was on his usual duty, training a freshly hired conductor Will. they picked up a number of train cars to be transported to another location. however, due to Will's carelessness, they picked up 5 extra cars, which they realized only after they left the yard. they continued their journey instead of returning the extra cars back to the yard. at the same time, at the rail yard, Dewey was instructed to move a train named #777 off its current track to clear the track for the arrival of a train carrying schoolchildren. Dewey was overconfident and left the train running while he jumped down to manually switch a track where #777 will be moved to. but when the train suddenly sped up, Dewey failed to climb back up into the train and thus the train was speeding out of control on the railroad in full power. the incident was reported to Connie, the yardmaster. many attempts of stopping the train was performed, some even led to the death of employees. Frank and Will was warned of the oncoming train, but due to the extra cars picked up by WIll, they barely escaped being rammed by #777. to save everyone from the explosives carried on #777, Frank decided to go after the train with the intention of stopping it.
based on a true story, the setup was very straightforward. Frank and Will each had their own share of family problems, which really wasn't so important for the film. but the first half of the film was spent introducing these 2 characters, showing their background and differences. the rest of the film was all about the pursuit of stopping the deadly train. each failed attempt to stop the train highlighting its destructiveness. but although more screen time was given to the train instead of the 2 main actors, we were given time to connect with with their characters, which easily had us spellbound with their heroic act.
some backgrounds on the movie:
- director: Tony Scott
- released: 2010
- casts: Denzel Washington, Chris Pine, Rosario Dawson, Ethan Suplee, Kevin Dunn, Kevin Corrigan, Kevin Chapman, Lew Temple
- language: English
- genre: Action/Thriller