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Unstoppable (2010)



Critic Consensus: As fast, loud, and relentless as the train at the center of the story, Unstoppable is perfect popcorn entertainment -- and director Tony Scott's best movie in years.

Movie Info

In this action thriller from director Tony Scott, rookie train operator Will (Chris Pine) and grizzled veteran engineer Frank (Denzel Washington) learn that a runaway locomotive carrying carloads of dangerous chemicals is headed for Will's small Pennsylvania hometown, where his wife and child live. In order to save the day, they must figure out how to catch up to the rogue engine, and stop it before harm comes to the town. Standing in their way is Galvin (Kevin Dunn), the head of the company who is more interested in saving the stock price than lives. On the plus side, the duo have competent corporate employee Connie (Rosario Dawson) on the radio, talking them through their various attempts to corral and then stop the potentially lethal locomotive. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovimore
Rating: PG-13 (for sequences of action and peril, and some language)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Mark Bomback
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 15, 2011
Box Office: $81.6M
20th Century Fox - Official Site


Kevin Dunn
as Galvin
Kevin Corrigan
as Inspector Werner
T.J. Miller
as Gilleece
David Warshofsky
as Judd Stewart
Dylan Bruce
as Michael Colson
Ryan Ahern
as Ryan Scott
Toni Saladna
as Galvin's Assistant
Patrick F. McDade
as Captain Allen
Bill Laing
as Red Truck Driver
Scott A. Martin
as Brewster Dispatcher
Richard Pelzman
as Devereaux
Lissa Brennan
as Diner Waitress
Barry Ben Sr.
as Findlay Police Offic...
Carla Bianco
as Horse Trailer Owner
L. Derek Leonidoff
as FRA Official
Aisha Hinds
as Railway Safety Campa...
Khalio Walker
as Hero Kid #1
Kam Bott
as Hero Kid #3
Kevin Bott
as Hero Kid #4
Max Schuler
as Hero Kid #5
Gretchen Bluemle
as Marie (Checkout Girl...
Diane Jonardi
as Mrs. Hermann (Old La...
Corey Parker Robinso...
as Police Officer #1
Christopher Stadulis
as Police Officer #2
David Flick
as Train Engineer
Jeff Wincott
as Jesse - Will's Broth...
Heather Leigh
as Findlay Reporter
Rick Chambers
as News Reporter #1
William R. Ward III
as News Reporter #2
Jennifer Boresz
as News Reporter #3
Mike Clark
as News Reporter #4
Tom Stoviak
as News Reporter #5
Ellen Gamble
as News Reporter #6
Shelby Camptella
as News Reporter #7
Adrienne Wehr
as News Reporter #8
Victor Gojcaj
as Groundman
Maxx Hennard
as Tower Operator
Joe Coyle
as CEO Golfer #1
Dihlon McManne
as CEO Golfer #2
Charles Van Eman
as CEO Golfer #3
Joshua Elijah Reese
as Young Engineer
John D. Leonard
as Brewster Man #1
Riley Thomas Stewart
as Brewster Man #2
Jason McCune
as Radar Gun Cop
Adam Kroloff
as Railroad Spokesperso...
Jake Andolina
as Evacuation Police Of...
Jarrod DiGiorgi
as Control Room Staff #...
Tami Dixon
as Control Room Staff #...
Sean Derry
as Control Room Staff #...
Amy Arce
as TV Reporter
Matthew J. Cates
as State Trooper
Matt Cates
as State Trooper
Chase Ellison
as Teenage Witness
Juan Fernández
as White Shirt Reporter
Juan M. Fernandez
as White Shirt Reporter
Steven Gonzales
as Another News Reporte...
Rick Rader
as Train Employee Witne...
Carly Steel
as Female Reporter in H...
Warren Sweeney
as Press Representative
Stephen Nelson
as Reporter at Keating ...
Dylan L. Bruce
as Michael Colson
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Critic Reviews for Unstoppable

All Critics (185) | Top Critics (38)

Silly, and very satisfying.

Full Review… | May 9, 2015
The Improper Bostonian

Unstoppable is a pure thrill ride from beginning to end. Well-staged action, strong performances and great direction make it one of the most exciting films of the year.

Full Review… | November 9, 2013
We Got This Covered

Like the train itself, Unstoppable moves a breakneck speed and delivers good, old fashioned fun.

Full Review… | October 14, 2013
7M Pictures

Unstoppable is the sort of movie in which characters recite dialogue like 'we're not talking about a train, we're talking about a missile the size of The Chrysler Building'... an incredibly fun time at the cinema.

Full Review… | September 15, 2013

Director Tony Scott delivers in this exciting thrill ride.

Full Review… | January 6, 2013
Big Hollywood

Scott proves once again that action movies don't need to be a headache-inducing, bright, loud, irritating experience, but instead can be something more when given the right treatment.

Full Review… | September 22, 2012

Audience Reviews for Unstoppable


Tony Scott brings a true event to the big screen in the most tense and dramatic way possible. Unstoppable presents the typical-Scott-crazed direction along with a nerve-racking plot that gets you from start to finish, and not to mention Denzel and Chris' stellar duo. 4.5/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer


Inspired from a true story. Maybe some day I'll check out some real footage of the events. As someone said, not a great movie, but watchable for what it is.

familiar stranger

Super Reviewer


Well those Scott brothers sure know how to make rip roaring films don't they. I went into this with lots of mixed feelings, its about a runaway train...hardly the stuff of great films is it and I've seen a few similar average films in the past, hell the title is even a bit lame really isn't it. I couldn't really think how Mr Scott could make this bluecollar job look cool but by jove he did.

Lets see now...he's made the Underground/Subway look cool, working on board a submarine look cool (although it is kinda cool really isn't it but I bet you never thought about it before his movie). Stock car driving now looks cool and making all fighter pilots look like young handsome brooding studs. Well now its the turn of the humble loco driver to be uber cool.

From the outset the way the loco gets loose and goes on the run is laughable to be honest. I dunno if this happens in the US a lot (scary if it does, this is based on a real event!!) but the way everyone seems to think its funny and not a problem that a loco is unmanned and running away is frankly bizarre. I imagine the practice of getting out of your cab to swing points whilst the train is still moving has been stopped.

As the story develops we do get the typical Scott direction of trying to make us think that working in a loco yard (train driver/shunter) is cool. Its filmed with dramatic angles, sexy lighting, quickfire editing and plenty of in-house railway jargon that some won't follow but it sounds good. Somehow all the grunting cocky cowboy-like drivers, a sexy controller and the fast talking hip engineers doesn't really match reality, you can see Scott is eager to sex-up this field of work in his usual style. There should have been more shades worn in this.

Little silly niggles aside the film is a spectacular affair with sweaty tense action and thundering collisions that look really expensive and make you wince. They seemed to be using real loco's here as I saw no CGI used anywhere, all very impressive stunts. Location work is beautiful too I might add, rural US of A with the lovely foliage of Virginia.

Scott knows how to make a gritty fast film and this delivers on every level I assure you. Despite the rather dated plot concept and very obvious conclusion the film is terrific fun and will have you biting your nails to the last second...despite knowing damn well they will succeed. His usual choice of actor Washington is on board and he adds that perfect rundown regular Joe quality to the film with his usual stoic performance. Pine is also fine but can't quite match Washington for realism in the job, plus he looks too heroic really, way too buff for this.

Only problem is, the way they manage to actually stop the loco, they could of done that at any point at anytime as far as I can tell. The whole time your thinking why not just do that? All you need is a fast car...then they do it at the end and I was like...duh!

Even though the movie is based on a real event its easy to forget and it does come across like a full blown action thriller. The movie is promoted as such and it does deliver on all accounts...even though you know what's gonna happen. Throw a few terrorists into the fray and you would have had 'Die Hard' on a locomotive. All aboard for a chuffing good ride (pun fully intended).

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

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