I recently reviewed a film starring Denzel Washington and featuring a train. Well guess what I’m doing so again! This time however the film is called Unstoppable (2010). I bet you can’t guess the films plot? Ok it’s about a runaway train. The film sees Washington team up with director Tony Scott once more. Is it any good I hear you say? Let’s take a look, so without further ado here’s my Unstoppable blu-ray review.
- Unstoppable (2010)
- Genre: Action, Thriller
- Directed by Tony Scott
- UK Rating 12
- Discs: 2 (Blu-ray & DVD)
- Released By 20th Century Fox
- Blu-ray Released: 28 March 2011
A train driver makes a couple of terrible decisions. This first is not connecting his train’s air breaks. However it’s the second one that really causes some serious problems. He decides to leave his moving train which results in a runaway. Worse still the train’s cargo contains a mix of toxic and flammable material.
Style / Direction
The films directed by Tony Scott whilst the cinematography is handled by Ben Seresin. This definitely feels like a Tony Scott film. The action is very slick and the camera angles and shots suit the genre exceptionally well.
The action and drama is well thought-out even when things go slightly off the rails.
Music / Audio Effects
The music score comes from Harry Gregson-Williams. It’s very much a high tempo action score that we have come to expect from a Tony Scott action movie. In short it gets the job done but isn’t memorable after the films conclusion.
Acting / Characters
Denzel Washington plays Frank Barnes a railway veteran of almost 30 years. Furthermore he’s just been serviced notice forcing him to accept early retirement. Washington plays a largely likeable character. It’s because of this that you are fully invested in his characters plight.
Chris Pine takes on the role of Will Colson a rookie train conductor. He is seen by the older workers as the reason they are losing their jobs. This initially creates quite a bit of tension between his and Washington’s characters. Pine to be fair plays his role pretty well. His scenes with Denzel Washington are after all at the centre of the films story.
The other main character is that of yardmaster Connie Hooper played by Rosario Dawson. She’s ultimately responsible for the train and how to recover it. Dawson does a competent job like both Washington and Pine. This allows the story to move along at breakneck speed without hitting any buffers.
- Denzel Washington as Frank Barnes
- Chris Pine as Will Colson
- Rosario Dawson as Connie Hooper
- Ethan Suplee as Dewey
- Kevin Dunn as Oscar Galvin
- Kevin Corrigan as Inspector Scott Werner
- Kevin Chapman as Bunny
- Lew Temple as Ned Oldham
- David Warshofsky as Judd Stewart
- Jessy Schram as Darcy Colson
Conclusion: Unstoppable (2010) Film Review
Unstoppable is a film that falls into the category of being a highly enjoyable action thriller. It no masterpiece but pretty much does what it sets out to do, entertain.
It’s a decent film and one that’s well worth a look.
- The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009)
- American Gangster (2007)
- Inside Man (2006)
- The Manchurian Candidate (2004)
- Out of Time (2003)
- John Q (2002)
- The Bone Collector (1999)
- Devil in a Blue Dress (1995)
Conclusion: Unstoppable Blu-ray Review
The film is from 2010 and therefore has no picture quality issues. On the extras side there’s a pretty comprehensive set. There’s a good look behind the scenes into the making of the film. It’s worth a look if you want to see just how real the film really is, no CGI here.
- Audio Commentary from Director Tony Scott
- The Fastest Track: Unleashing Unstoppable (30 mins)
- Derailed: Anatomy of A Scene (10 mins)
- Hanging Off The Train: Stunt Work
- On The Rails With The Director & Cast
- Theatrical Trailer
On to my movie rating for Unstoppable (2010)
- Movie Rating: GOOD
- Blu-ray Picture: EXCELLENT
- Extras: VERY GOOD
Amazon UK Links
Unstoppable (2010) is available now on blu-ray.
For those of you yet to see the film I’ll leave you with a little taster…
Clip may not representative of the blu-ray version
That’s concludes my Unstoppable blu-ray review. I’m aiming to review at least one Denzel Washington film a week. What’s next? Check back soon…
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Summary: Unstoppable (2010) Blu-ray Review
Movie title: Unstoppable (2010)
Duration: 94 mins
Director(s): Tony Scott
Actor(s): Denzel Washington, Chris Pine, Rosario Dawson
- Movie Rating
- Blu-ray Picture Rating
An action movie that hurtles along at breakneck speed without hitting the buffers.