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Hang on for the ride of your life as Oscar® Winner Denzel Washington and Chris Pine (Star Trek) team up for the year’s most electrifying action-thriller. A runaway train, transporting deadly, toxic chemicals, is barreling down on Scranton, Pennsylvania, and only two men can stop it: a veteran engineer (Washington) and a young conductor (Pine). Thousands of lives hang in the balance as these ordinary heroes attempt to chase down one million tons of hurtling steel and prevent an epic disaster. Helmed by visionary director Tony Scott (Man on Fire), this story inspired by true events delivers excitement and suspense that are — unstoppable!
Orson Welles once said that directing a movie was like playing with the greatest toy train set in the world, and Tony Scott seems to be taking him literally. With the caboose of Scott's Taking of Pelham 123 barely in the distance, the filmmaker turned to Unstoppable, a train-chase picture loosely inspired by a true story (and perhaps just a smidgen by Runaway Train, the 1985 film based on an Akira Kurosawa script). At a Pennsylvania rail yard, some clueless workers let an unmanned train get loose, and the thing is soon hurtling across the countryside. Did we mention that it's pulling a few cars' worth of highly toxic material? Did you doubt it would be? Meanwhile, old-time engineer Denzel Washington and new conductor Chris Pine are making a routine run nearby--of course, in the movies, a routine run almost always turns into something wild. This odd couple is the only hope for stopping the runaway, while upper management dithers and an operations-room dispatcher (Rosario Dawson) spends most of the movie talking into her headset. Scott is an unabashed manipulator, and he yanks all the strings at his disposal for this whipped-up pageant: song cues, hype-filled reaction shots, stunts aplenty. It's all so aggressive, it makes you wish the exciting story could be allowed to tell itself. But the pulse does quicken, if you can turn your mind off for a while. And although it's faint praise, the movie is undeniably better than Pelham 123. --Robert Horton
- Aspect Ratio : 2.40:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medPG13 PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.25 x 0.5 inches; 2.4 Ounces
- Item model number : 2271660
- Director : Tony Scott
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 38 minutes
- Release date : February 15, 2011
- Actors : Chris Pine, Denzel Washington
- Dubbed: : Spanish, French
- Subtitles: : French, Spanish, English
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
- Studio : 20th Century Fox
- ASIN : B002ZG99TA
- Number of discs : 1
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Director Tony Scott is known for action and disaster films that have lots of breathtaking special effects but often leave something to be desired in terms of character development and story. No so here. Denzel Washington and Chris Pine play an engineer and conductor respectively, Denzel being a 28 year railroad veteran and Pine being a new young guy with only four months of experience. They're both family men. We get to know them well. We care about them, and that's what fuels the suspense.
Trains are big, powerful and scary, and we get plenty of scenes of 777 barrelling through railroad crossings and crashing into all kinds of stuff (including a horse trailer. Thankfully, the horses got out in the nick of time). And Scott uses real trains, not fakey CGI. All very thrilling, but it's the characters and the story that keep us interested.
Washington has been in some films that weren't so great. But has he ever turned in a bad performance? Nope. He's one of the most reliable, dedicated actors of our time. He takes his work seriously. Chris Pine is equally convincing.
You can't possibly watch this film without remembering the classic 1986 film _Runaway Train_ written by the legendary director Akira Kurosawa. _Unstoppable_ has one scene at the end that pays tribute to that fim, when Washington is standing atop of a railroad car with both arms upraised in victory, exactly as Jon Voight did at the end of _Runaway Train_.
_Runaway Train_ had a message about an escaped convict doing the honorable thing. In this film, working class people do the honorable thing. The corporate railroad executives are portrayed as unconscionable jerks. They call a meeting as the potential disaster is going on, and the main topic is how much their stock will be devalued if there is a crash and "collateral damage."
This is one of the best films of 2010, not just because of the amazing scenes, but because it's about real everyday people saving lives, not for heroism or accolades, but because it's the right thing to do. Inspiring. And no big spoiler: The ending is triumphant.
At-a-glance, you'd expect a movie about trains to be kind-of lame, or boring, but I was really into this movie, pretty much from start to finish.
They add a couple bits of personal side story, to the two main characters, and generally I would find that to be tedious, pandering, wasteful, etc, but they didn't focus on it too long, or in a disingenuous way.
They briefly touched on it, a few times, throughout the film, and it was surprisingly well done.
Who would have thought that a movie about train engineers could be so engaging?
To all the jokers, out-there, making over-the-top movies, with terrible writing... take note...
Sincerity, and realism, work better 100% of the time.
This movie has replay value, and it'll be one that I recommend for years to come, for all ages.
The story is about a large train in Pennsylvania that gets loose with no operator on it. Barnes and Colson are tasked with stopping it before it hits the city of Stanton. Not only that but it’s carrying hazardous material. They create the tension in the film several ways. First there are the different attempts to stop the train. Then vehicles get thrown on the track. Most important however is the effort of Barnes and Colson.
A story about a runaway train may not seem an interesting enough topic to sit down for a film, but Unstoppable is a real thrill ride.
As someone who knows almost nothing about trains, I find it shocking that they're not controlled by a central computer system. I'm pretty sure BART was fully automated back in the '70s, yet this train in Pennsylvania still hasn't been computerized over 30 years later? Hard to take seriously. Seems like it would be an easy cost-saving measure.
As a side note, Pennsylvania is a depressing place for a movie. I'm thankful I don't live in such an industrial wasteland, surrounded by incompetent idiots who all should have been automated out of their jobs 30 years ago.
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Denzel is superb as is his wont ably supported by Chris Pine (Star Trek) and enhanced by the lovely & talented Rosario Dawson!
Sadly, this was Director Tony Scott's last film...
Incidentally, he was the younger brother of another well known Director - Ridley Scott (Alien / The Martian)