Unstoppable 2010

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A rail company frantically works to prevent an unmanned, half-mile-long freight train carrying combustible liquids and poisonous gas from wiping out a city.

Starring:
Ethan Suplee, Denzel Washington
Rental Formats:
DVD

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 34 minutes
Starring Ethan Suplee, Denzel Washington, Jessy Schram, Kevin Dunn, Rosario Dawson, Chris Pine, Elizabeth Mathis
Director Tony Scott
Genres Thriller
Studio 20TH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 25 April 2011
Main languages English

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars

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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Aidan J. McQuade on 28 Mar. 2011
Format: DVD
If you have seen the trailer for this film you know exactly what is going to happen in it: runaway train with highly explosive cargo heads towards built up area with only two gutsy railwaymen and their underappreciated female manager between it and disaster! Indeed, even if you haven't seen the trailer you could probably sketch the back story of every character in the film and how these stories are going to resolve just based on the 25 word summary I have just given.

That said, over the past 6 months I have found few more entertaining ways to spend a few hours in the cinema. Denzel Washington, Chris Pine and Rosario Dawson are typically charasmatic in roles that don't tax them excessively but which they deliver effortlessly, and the predictability of the movie strangely adds rather than detracts from the tension.

Perhaps not a classic, but crowd-pleasing enterainment, professionally done and almost guaranteed to leave you with a smile on your face.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pat & Mike on 21 Oct. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Recorded this on TV as , "may be watch able", I also have "The old "Runaway Train" DVD, starring Jon Voight.

* But Just ordered this on Blu ray region 2*

As a rail fan, and of simulators, I was already into the film, fascinated by the workings of US rail roads.
However, I found the level of live action, and sheer build up to the first accident at a crossing , fit enough to say WoW!.
No Wonder Chris Pine got the Job as Cptn Kirk, he certainty showed, not only believable worry about his personal life, but he definitely has the physical quality's to do some pretty demanding stuff. No need to give away plot here, but of course always some daft employee who takes a short cut at work, and creates a drama. I was expecting "Runaway train", but instead got a really masterful creative treat, with great scenery, the usual bosses making decisions based on how to not lose a lot of shares, and a great rail road controller, who , even through some idiot employees, being a bit obnoxious., manages to fill in all the spaces.

You seen 007 drive a car on a railway line, in Octopussy,? Fiction yeah? Then prepare for a surprise as the Rail company's own car drives on rails :P

An Excellent buy, for a lot of Movie, cant wait to here it 5.1 when the blu -ray arrives. if you liked "Runaway Train", but wasn't keen on the violence and language, then, this is the movie for you. 10/10
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Albatross TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 24 Jan. 2015
Format: DVD
It’s a rare ‘action’ film which doesn’t really bother with some sort of ‘evil’ antagonist. Many people have likened ‘Unstoppable’ to the classic nineties epic, ‘Speed.’ However, the only reason Keanu Reeves had to stop a speeding bus was because Dennis Hopper had put a bomb on it, hence the threat. In ‘Unstoppable’ we literally don’t have a sentient enemy for our heroes (Denzil Washington and Chris Pine) to do battle with. Instead, we simply have a train.

Due to a mix-up on the platform, a giant freight train (naturally carrying some pretty explosive cargo) runs amok without a driver at the helm. And our railway workers, Washington and Pine, are the only pair in the right place at the right time to stop it. That’s about it. I have to say that when I read the synopsis, I wasn’t that impressed. It sounded a little dull. I thought any ‘action’ film worthy of the genre should at least have a couple of mad bombers threatening humanity. As it happened, I was wrong.

Unstoppable is actually really good fun. It’s not a long film (only slightly over the hour and a half mark) and it rattles by like the train everyone’s trying to catch. It’s so simply there really isn’t much you can say about it. One train. Two men. No brakes. That’s about it.

Granted there are a few attempts at sub-plots surrounding Washington and Pine’s families, but the film doesn’t focus on that aspect too much. It sticks to what it does best – the train and everyone’s attempts to stop it.

I suppose there was always the chance that a simple story like this would end up dull. And it’s probably worth crediting the stars and the director for bringing what could have probably been a turkey to life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sam Tyler on 15 Nov. 2011
Format: Blu-ray
If I wrote a film about a train it would be a horror about catching one up North near Christmas with all your presents in tow. Action-meister Tony Scott thought otherwise and decided to adapt a real life crisis and make the type of kinetic film he is known for. `Unstoppable', the train film that happens when Thomas gets really angry.

Frank (Denzel Washington) is a veteran train driver and on this particular day he is working with rookie Will (Chris Pine). Together they come across a crisis that only they can stop. A runaway train is hurtling towards a city and will explode if it makes it. By casting Washington, Scott knew from the outset exactly what type of film he was after and so do you as a viewer. Washington's current film persona is one of a worn down old fashioned everyman - and this film has an old fashioned feel to it (if 80s action is old fashioned by now). On Washington's own, the film may have lacked energy, so casting up and coming Captain Kirk was a great idea. The interplay between the two actors is not fantastic, but it is interesting enough that we are actually invested in their fate.

The film was less about characters and more about action. Tony Scott gets a bad press, but I prefer his all-out fun films over his brother's work any day. Scott is a connoisseur of the fast cut and he uses it a lot in `Unstoppable' to heighten the tension. This works whilst the characters are on the train and there is a real sense of speed and power. It works less when leaping from character to character; Frank's daughters to Frank. Trying to manipulate a viewer's emotions with no backstory and only jump cuts is not going to work.

Whilst it lasts, `Unstoppable' is a fun ride.
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