Parents' Guide to

Unstoppable

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Runaway train thriller is more suspenseful than violent.

Movie PG-13 2010 98 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 19 parent reviews

age 13+

This was a good movie. Kinda forgettable (sorry if I spelt that wrong) though.

This is one of those films with a simple plot. Unstoppable is all about two guys trying to stop a train. This was good. Pretty action packed, and awesome voice-acting.
age 13+

Forgettable, but still, NICE MOVIE!

This may not be one of the most memorable movies of all time, but it is still a great movie! The acting is good, special effects are descent, and the story is simple: Stop the train! Nice movie.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (19 ):
Kids say (50 ):

This isn't one of those action movies people will be talking about in 10 years, but it's a decent nail-biter with exceptional actors. This is director Tony Scott's fifth collaboration with Washington, so at this point, we know what to expect when the two work together: explosions, intense action sequences, and Washington chewing up the scenery. UNSTOPPABLE, which is based on real events, is actually much simpler (there's no real villain, just a mildly greedy train corporation and the train itself), less violent (the body count stops at one), and funnier than previous Scott/Washington outings (Suplee and a couple of other supporting actors provide much-needed comic relief). As Washington ages (his character here is being forced to retire), it only makes sense that their films should mellow a bit too, and it works.

At first Washington and Pine seem to have no real chemistry, but as the movie lurches forward and the dramatic tension is set up, they start to play off each other well. And it's always a pleasure to see two such charismatic actors (although Pine, like in the film, is definitely the novice to Washington's master craftsman) spar and then find common ground. It's also refreshing to see Dawson play a female leader in a profession where that surely isn't the norm; she proves once again that she doesn't always need to be the stereotypical leading lady to nail a role.

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