Good lord! How many times is Hollywood going to go to the cliche storyline vending machine and dig this one up?
Here's the premise: Denzel Washington plays your stereotypical hardened veteran, teaching a new kid (Chris Pine) a thing or two about running a real train and not just what he learned from train school (or whatever). Suddenly, there's an out of control train loaded with explosives and nasty stuff (and maybe a car full of kids, or nice old ladies with puppy dogs or something) and for one reason or another its up to these two "average" guys to try to stop the train from blowing up a city full of other average Americans.
It seems the only way they can make a story that involves a train is to use the old "no engineer and no breaks" routine. Here's a small sample of movies that have used a version of this scenario over the years:
Silver Streak (1976)
Runaway Train (1985)
Money Train (1995)
Under Siege 2 (1995)
The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3(1974 and 2009, which also stared Denzel)
Just so you know, its damn-near impossible for a modern locomotive to become a runaway. There are several safety precautions set up to prevent exactly this from happening in the first place. But pay no attention to logic or common sense. There's an explosive train to stop and lots of dramatic shots of rugged hero types doing rugged hero type things.
Im surprised the movie isn't in 3D as well.
The script is written by "Live Free or Die Hard" writer Mark Bomback and directed by Tony Scott (who also did the newer version of "The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3")
Ugh. Here's the trailer: