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Unstoppable
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104 of 115 people found the following review helpful
on November 26, 2010
Format: DVDVerified Purchase
Chris Pine has really become quite the actor. I saw him first as Captain Kirk in Star Trek, and since then, I have gone back to watch a couple of his earlier movies along with the lower-budget Sci-Fi flick, "Carriers." In "Unstoppable," he really turns on the heat, and side-by-side with good ol' Denzel, he shines.

Here was a movie that, while viewing the trailers, I was thinking, "Really? An entire movie about a runaway train?" Well, the resounding answer is, "YES!" An excellent back-story, along with a perfect amount of character-building to get us to really like these people, made for a foundation on which to build one heck of an over-the-top mountain of suspense! In addition to Chris, Denzel Washington was excellent, as always, and the rest of the acting crew, especially Rosario Dawson, were perfectly cast and on top of their game as well. The main character was more than just a menace, though, it was downright deadly...THE TRAIN!

A review I read on another site said that this movie started slow, but by the time Chris and Denzel's characters got in on the action it was non-stop fun. Well, I'm here to tell you that this movie gets rolling within the first five minutes...literally...rolling. The action and suspense builds by leaps and bounds, second-by-second. On more than one occasion, "Unstoppable" gets you to hold your breath in anticipation of the next scene, or simply steals it altogether. This one comes highly recommended.

This is now one of Tony Scott's masterpieces. Great work to all! Five stars! *****
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50 of 54 people found the following review helpful
on February 9, 2011
Format: Blu-ray
Why is it that people love going to the movies so much? Escapism. This is exactly what this movie is. Great escapism.

This movie is pure fun. It's loud, fast, and once it gets going it keeps you at the edge of your seat until it's done. It's one of those movies where once you reach the end, you feel like you've been holding your breath the entire time. It gets your heart pounding.

Anyone who likes Speed would like this movie.
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50 of 58 people found the following review helpful
on November 22, 2010
Format: DVD
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.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on March 11, 2011
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on the edge of your seat
good action
not dirty or gross
intense
with a dose of heartwarming here and there
i would see it again
I am also a Washington fan
It also made me want to see Star Trek again
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon November 27, 2010
Format: DVD
Okay, never mind that you've seen the plot before; this is a fun,action filled movie that at times had me gripping my husband's hands tight enough to hurt. The premise is almost cliche, although it is loosely based on an actual incident. Due to the incompetence of two railyard workers, a train carrying toxic materials takes off without an engineer and heads for a densely populated area of Pennsylvania. If not stopped, it could kill tens of thousands of people.

The two main characters are played very ably by Denzel Washington and Chris Pine. Washington plays an experienced conductor who has been pink-slipped by the RR company. Pine plays a brash young, newly trained conductor who still has a lot to learn, and he doesn't actually appreciate Washington's character pointing it out every time he goofs up.

Okay, forget that you know the two characters will develop a mutual respect and work together to heroically stop the runaway train, thereby saving Washington's job with the RR company. This is a fun movie to watch and the suspense is palpable. Nor does it pull all the expected cliche strings- it does miss a few here and there. It was a fun movie to watch and even though I knew how it was going to end, the suspense in seeing how, exactly, they stopped the train kept me on the edge of my seat.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on December 30, 2010
Format: DVD
How long has it been since you've seen a flick where you didn't have to think that much? Where you could walk out of the theater and say "Hey, that was fun". Well, this is it. Chris Pine says hello to Denzel Washington and that's about all the calmness you're going to get. 90 minutes on the fast track.
That's why this film deserves 5 stars. A true action movie that will give you the best thrill for your buck.
Mr. Washington and Mr. Pine work well off each other. Rosario Dawson and Lew Temple brighten up the storyline with some great character portrayals. Mark Bomback has written some great dialogue that's minimal, to the point, and fully understandable. Credit must be given to Tony Scott and Ben Seresin for not going haywire with shaky handheld camera techniques.
This is fun entertainment.
See it.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on February 19, 2011
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I was initially thinking the premise of this movie was laughable. Well, after watching it, I have to take my hat off to the film, because all involved did a good job. The acting is good. The screenplay is believable ( except, ok when the swat team tries to help turn the train off ). I wish they'd just kept it in Texas where this happened and not be as anti-corporate as they almost were, it was still a good popcorn movie with good performances. I recommend.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on December 14, 2010
Format: DVD
This movie was a blast! Much better than I ever expected a runaway train movie could be. Good acting and fun dialogue help a lot, with Denzel Washington and Chris Pine proving an effective duo, and Rosario Dawson hitting the perfect note as their connection to the rest of the world. The action starts slowly but quickly gets intense and really never lets up until the very end. I like the way the story builds as one mistake compound another mistake until events are completely out of control. Takes awhile for the rush to wear off after you leave the theater. Very well made. Who knew a train could be so menacing? Definitely recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 12, 2011
Format: DVD
As others have continued to say, this movie is just one big surprise. Going into the theaters I was a little hesitant thinking that this might be as bad as Pelham 123, but I was dead wrong. This movie was, as my review title states, surprisingly amazing. To be honest, the plot line and characters are nothing amazing...just another textbook story. With that said, if you are a movie fan, you'll be able to excuse that for the cinematic mastery by Director Tony Scott.

And of course, it is hard to pass up a movie with Rosario Dawson in it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format: Blu-ray
Since everyone else has already provided their summaries of the storyline, their opinions on the acting and everything else, I will, as I always do, only focus upon the quality of the transfer of this film to Blu Ray for the film 'Unstoppable'. I'm a big Denzel fan but that's besides the point.

VIDEO...The transfer from Standard Def to Blu Ray leaves nothing wanting. While I do not have the Standard Def version to make any comparisons to, the Blu Ray version really is pristine. There were no artifacts or aliasing in any part of the film and no noticeable or intrusive film grain. However, while the directors tried to limit the amount of CGI effects for the train, I could tell when it was used. Most probably could, especially when the train 777 takes that last and most dangerous curve in Stanton. Never the less, the colors in this film are very realistic and bright and the contrast is excellent with good detailing in any of the darker areas. In the beginning, the film appeared to have a somewhat desaturated look, especially when the character played by Chris Pine is introduced to the other track men, including Denzel's character. After that point, color grading is amped to a very, but not overly warm hue. Mbps appeared to average in the low to mid thirties. Video here is really what we hope all Blu Rays will look like.

AUDIO...The audio is DTS HD MA 5.1 and the lossless audio always makes a big difference in my book. Dialogue is always easy to understand and doesn't do battle with the music score or foley effects of which there are many. While there is a good amount of tracking from the front stage to the rear, you really aren't so much aware of discreet directionality of the audio as you are of the fully encompassing of yourself into both sound stages. Your LFE channel will be working throughout almost the entire film and while the bottom end doesn't reach to the deepest Hz, it is fully present as a speeding train would demand.

EXTRAS...Unfortunately, there are advertisements for the value of a digital copy and two previews of other films. This makes you having to pay for ads when your money should go to even less compression and an even better transfer to the Blu Ray disc. Also there is the typical commentaries, a doc on the making of, a feature on a few of the stunts. There are no extended cuts or deleted scenes which I usually like to see. The digital copy is a separate disc which is wonderful and easy to install and transfer to your computer and other gizmos. It's a heck of a lot better than having to deal with UltraViolet and others of that type.

All in all, if you do not have this exciting and suspenseful film on Blu Ray, I do recommend that you get it. The quality of the disc is very good all around and the 5 stars I gave it refer to that quality and not how much I did or did not care for the film.

All my reviews focus solely on the quality of the transfers to Blu Ray of both video and audio and I do hope that this review has been of some help to you in deciding upon your purchase decisions and that I am on the correct path with this type of review.
Thanks for reading.
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