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A runaway train carrying a cargo of toxic chemicals puts an engineer and his conductor in a race against time. They're chasing the runaway train in a separate locomotive and need to bring it under control before it derails on a curve and causes a toxic spill that will decimate a town. Written by
"Unstoppable" was in development for an extended period, starting in 2004, with actual filming not beginning until August 31, 2009. At various points, Robert Schwentke and Martin Campbell were attached to direct. See more »
The brakes on railroad trains require air pressure to hold them OFF, not to apply stopping force. The premise of the movie is that the consist was "bottled" in the yard; that is to say the valves on both end cars are closed to hold pressure in the brake pipe.
When Frank and Will catch 777 they would certainly know that activating all the brakes is a simple matter of opening the last angle cock; the train line would bleed instantly and engage all of the car brakes. See more »
This film is about the attempts to stop an unmanned train full of dangerous chemicals travelling at high speed, endangering the lives of thousands of people living along the tracks.
"Unstoppable" gets right to the point, action already starts ten minutes into the film. After that, the thrills get better and better. As a result, the film keeps you glued to the screen with increasing intensity.
Early on in the film, I wondered if there was enough to fill the screen time, but there was actually enough to make it action packed, without slow, pacing scenes to interrupt the action. "Unstoppable" is a good action film, relatively free from blood and violence which is rather rare for an action film these days.
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