1,000,000 Tons. 100,000 Lives. 100 Minutes.
A runaway train, transporting deadly, toxic chemicals, is barreling down on Scranton, Pennsylvania, and only two men can stop it: a veteran engineer and a young conductor. 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.
Let me just tell you how the film goes.
There is a train. It starts to go fast.
For most of the film it goes very fast.
Then two people stop the train.
The train is no longer going fast.
You have been saved from a very painful 98 minutes.
IT FUCKING STOPS!.
THIS TRAIN CAN'T BE FUCKING STOPPED!
Oh wait it can.
The train stops.
There, I just saved you from over 90 long boring boobless minutes.
Repetitive, and clearly the title is liable slander because they managed to stop it. How Tony Scott formulated 98 minutes of a train that was a bit too fast for anyone was naive and stupid. This was prettayyyy shit.
Mucha emoción se creo un peligro tan real que en ningún momento se cuestiona, cuenta con una fotografía espectacular dinámica y precisa aunque hubiera sido bueno haber agregado algunas escenas mas sobre la vida de los personajes principales.
A solid Denzel film pretty much what you expect from a film about a runaway train much more enjoyable than expected though. One of the better ones of its genre a genre I usually find boring and predictable nice to be impressed once in a while.
Super simple, but decent fare. Predictable but not tiresome, and nothing wrong with the performances.
¨This ain`t training. In training they just give you an F. Out here you get killed!¨
It has been only a year since Denzel Washington last stared in a movie involving a train as the main protagonist. Even though he teamed up once again with director Tony Scott, this time it is a different train and a different character, not a sequel. This is a far superior movie as well and it will keep you at the edge of your seat from the very beginning. Pelham was more of a crime thriller, and Unstoppable is just a plain good action film. Once the runaway train with no one on board begins to pick up speed and become some sort of…
A pretty dull manipulative movie where nothing exciting happens until the last 15 minutes. There are some little moments here and there that'll make you laugh, but otherwise it's not really worth your time. The chemistry between Pine and Washington work well though.
When human error leads to the spectacle of a fully powered, unmanned freight train carrying toxic materials at over 70 mph into a heavily populated area, a veteran railroader (Denzel Washington) and a rookie (Chris Pine) must work together to bring it to a halt while the nation watches on cable television.
I've been waiting for a really good runaway train movie since...well, "Runaway Train," and it's finally here. Director Tony Scott lets nothing stand in the way of the action, yet still manages to present characters we care about and an intelligent story (screenwriter Mark Bomback) that clearly explains the factors that led to the disaster and the steps taken to rectify it. The result is an efficient, thrilling action picture that is easy to recommend.
It's pretty much what you would expect from Tony Scott, high pace, over exposed film used for transitions, Denzel, light hearted action and some emotional backdrop to keep the stakes relevant. And it works, it's fun to watch, as usual Denzel can carry a movie and keep you engaged even though you are just watching two train operators most of the time. Of course the whole thing seems ridiculous since in the end the way they manage to stop it is by doing what they had tried before, only where trained professionals fail, now a rookie train conductor can do.
The character stuff feels a bit forced, but Scott's use of color steals the show. The films title could refer to Scott's camerawork just as much as it refers to the runaway train.
Playing out like a big budget episode of seconds to disaster, Unstoppable is exactly that, it’s one great big action sequence (dramatic re-enactment), thankfully without too much pesky character development. After all it’s a runaway train film, you don’t want to know what the train conductor had for breakfast you want to know if he’s gonna make it home for dinner. Full of great action sequences, Unstoppable is guaranteed to keep you from going to the toilet, so make sure you go before the train leaves the station.
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