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6.81 h 38 min2010X-RayPG-13
Race against the clock to prevent a train catastrophe.
Tony Scott
Denzel WashingtonChris PineRosario Dawson
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4.7 out of 5 stars

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ProfessorReviewed in the United States on September 30, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Working class heroes save the day
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No magical super heroes here, just working class railroad guys who risk their lives to stop a runaway train carrying flammable, toxic fuel that's headed for a dangerous elevated track in a Pennsylvania town. The train is number 777, going 75 mph with no engineer. The train is sure to derail, and hundreds will be killed.

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.
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Ivan David LippensReviewed in the United States on September 18, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
A Rare and Unexpected Gem!
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Nothing extravagant, or outlandish, or totally unrealistic.
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.
Highly-Recommended! :)
8 people found this helpful
joel wingReviewed in the United States on June 3, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
A real thrill ride
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When I saw Unstoppable in the theater when it came out I was really surprised by how much suspense it was able to create. The story is about courage and sacrifice by two train conductors Denzel Washington as Frank Barnes and Chris Pine as Will Colson who try to stop a runaway train.

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.
6 people found this helpful
Daniel J MuntReviewed in the United States on May 12, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Crazy eights
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Contains spoilers in a sense.

At first I found this story 'inspired by true events' to be fun ride, if not a bit outlandish. But what I found really cool is a good deal of this story is taken straight up from CSX 8888 'Crazy eights' incident which happened in 2001 in Ohio. No last minute save at a hairpin turn, but there was a runaway train caused by someone who didn't set the switches right and got off the train. Two people running a different train did pull off on the side, disconnect their engine follow and couple with the runaway train from behind. They were a 47 year veteran and rookie conductor. The train company did try and fail with a portable derailer, and the cops did try to shoot the emergency fuel cut off switch. However, unlike the film the one car was able to slow the speeding train down to a slow enough speed for someone else to board the runaway engine and stop it. Also, there was a backup train ready to join the tug against the runaway if needed. No one was hurt in the actual event, and the two men in a train didn't go off on their own accord chasing the train. But I am not going to begrudge them the drama on this one. Especially because it was inspired by, but not based on a true story. Overall, pretty good flick that matched the facts better than many that say they are based on a true story.
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Clarence R. ChagnonReviewed in the United States on June 30, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Pretty good movie
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I liked this movie. Scenes were done realistically enough for the most part but the real story was far less dramatic. Based on true events means something like this happened but not exactly the way Hollywood is going to portray it. I really doubt a train over speed on a tight curve with one side up off the rails in the air would survive the turn but it makes for good drama and that is what made this movie enjoyable, though improbable in the real world . The acting was pretty good , the action scenes quite suspenseful , and the pace of the movie kept your interest. Highly recommended for some seat of your pants thrills and excellent acting between all the characters. I watched it on streaming and ordered the blu-ray because my grandkids also liked this movie .
3 people found this helpful
demonsRendangeredReviewed in the United States on April 6, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Good but could've been better
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As much as I like Denzel's movies, this one doesn't excel in my opinion. I think the biggest issue I have with it are the directorial executions. I looked into who directed this film and I was surprised that the director, Tony Scott, has directed quite a few movies I enjoy.

The main problem for me are the overly aggressive camera shots. You get zoom ups, pans and camera rotations around characters all the time. It's very excessive and distasteful to me. I guess maybe it was done to try and elevate the excitement but it doesn't work in my opinion and just makes the movie seem like it's trying way too hard.

Aside from that the casting seems well picked. Had the movie been shot in a normal manner without the crazy amount of "special" panning/zooming in moments I think I would give it a 4 star.
4 people found this helpful
Rhonda H.Reviewed in the United States on November 4, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Incredible Movie That Will Leave You Wanting More!
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Wow! Wow! Wow! This movie started off building up the story line and you just think its going to be about a runaway train, not exciting, but wrong! This movie with this out of control train carrying chemicals had me on the edge of my seat. All the actors in this one, did an amazing job pulling you into the movie. Denzel and his co-star was fabulous in the movie to save the day. Just when you think its over, its not the details and the scenes they did brought this movie to another level of excitement and suspense. You don't want to miss this one!
10 people found this helpful
Peter FranklinReviewed in the United States on September 3, 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent action movie ruined by schizophrenic editing
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This has the capability to be be a really good action movie to watch on a saturday night. Unfortunately, any of that potential was crushed when the editor was given a whole case of five hour energy drinks and his prescription medication was taken away while the director seems to be trying to produce genuine motion sickness by keeping the camera in CONSTANT needless motion.

If it were a creative choice at a particularly tense moment to create a sense of dizzying confusion- sure. But right down to the final media interview scene the camera is just ZOOM, SWING, RAPID PAN, ZOOM AGAIN, CRACK COCAINE, ZOOM IN. ZOOM IN. ZOOM IN. ZOOM IN ON THE ******* COCAINE MAN OR ILL THROW THIS BABY OFF THE TRAIN. Denzel Washington sitting on the toilet. ZOOM. PLOT TWIST. THE TOILET IS SITTING ON HIM. Chris Pine eating a sandwich. 360 ZOOM. ZOOM IN. PLOT TWIST. SANDWICH IS EATING HIM. Rosario Dawson sitting in her control room. CAMERA DOES A FRONT FLIP. PLOT TWIST. THERE IS NO CONTROL. This company is run by morons who can't stay off of their phones or rapidly develop the situation. ZOOM. Tree. ZOOM. HELICOPTER. ZOOM. NISSAN- ZOOM ZOOM. Do more cocaine and 360 NO SCOPE THE CAMERA RIGHT INTO THE SCENE.

Now mix in the tropes:

Car on train tracks breaks down. Check.
Animal in peril is saved at the last moment. Check.
Close call with oncoming train. x2.
Close call underscored with a collision with the last car. Check.
Estranged family seeing the error of their ways as a main character becomes a hero. Check.
VIOLENT EXPLOSION OF DIESEL FUEL (Does not explode in a fireball) Check.

Plot hole:

Secondary character is sent out alone in an engine to head off and arrest the runaway train. He is just an engineer with no conductor aboard. No support of any kind. He gets RIGHT IN FRONT of the runaway train and backs the couplers together. If he had ONE OTHER PERSON aboard, they could have simply stepped from his engine to the runaway, walked up the nifty front ladder into the cab and arrested the train. Instead he is left alone to burn out his brake shoes and get thrown off to die in a fireball of Michael Bay proportions. So...yeah.

Also what moron puts a fuel oil tank farm right below an elevated S-turn on a mainline track? Thats like smoking a cigarette in a wool sweater while rubbing your feet in the carpet on the Hindenburg level of stupidity.

Entertaining, and not entirely wooden acting. Overall it was a full two star. ZOOM, ZOOM.
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