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Watch: Idris Elba’s '70s Set Directorial Debut 'Unstoppable'

  • By Ben Brock
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  • May 28, 2014 4:12 PM
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Oh, wow, this is good. The idea of getting a big-name actor to direct a short film about football that would basically serve as an advert for Pepsi (sponsors of the upcoming World Cup in Brazil) sounds – and indeed is – corporately cheesy. Presumably they were expecting some generically cheery people popping Pepsis on the pitch and maybe a cameo or two: but when they gave it to Idris Elba, what they got instead was "Unstoppable," a soulful slice of '70s English school life, in which a hopeless nerd suddenly reveals unexpected football skills, all done with playful handheld camerawork on warm, '70s-style filmstock and with a soundtrack from R3HAB and Eva Simons.

Review: 'Unstoppable' Is One Of Tony Scott's Most Enjoyable Films In Years

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 8, 2010 3:45 AM
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"Unstoppable" is about a runaway train on a collision course to wipe out a mid-sized Pennsylvania town and that streamlined premise might be the best thing to happen to director Tony Scott in years. The schizophrenic director, given to rapid edits, multiple filters, and cameras stuck in a wide array of angles has never done well with scripts with any degree of complexity or multiple narrative threads (please see the disaster that is "Domino") so it's no surprise that the narrowly focused "Unstoppable" is one of the Scott's most enjoyable pictures in a long time.

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