Screen Junkies » unstoppable http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Fri, 19 Sep 2014 20:05:45 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 The 7 Greatest Films That Took Place Entirely on Trains http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/the-7-greatest-films-that-took-place-entirely-on-trains/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/the-7-greatest-films-that-took-place-entirely-on-trains/#comments Wed, 25 Jun 2014 17:04:17 +0000 Jared Jones http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=262526 By Jared Jones After a year-long creative dispute with Miramax co-founder Harvey Weinstein — the man Gary Oldman would likely refer to as Hollywood’s H.J.I.C (Head Jew in Charge) —...

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By Jared Jones

After a year-long creative dispute with Miramax co-founder Harvey Weinstein — the man Gary Oldman would likely refer to as Hollywood’s H.J.I.C (Head Jew in Charge) Bong Joon-Ho’s Snowpiercer is finally set to receive a limited theatrical release here in the States this weekend. This should come as thrilling news to fans of Ho’s previous films, 2006’s epic monster flick The Host and 2009’s similarly excellent Mother, as well as the rapidly increasing number of Americans with train fetishes. As someone who lies firmly in both camps (emphasis on firmly), I quite literally could not be more aroused excited.

Snowpiercer is essentially the story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott reimagined in the ice-age dystopia of 2031, only swap the Cleveland Avenue bus for a train carrying the Earth’s only remaining inhabitants and Rosa Parks for the Flame On guy. If that didn’t sell you on this movie, I don’t know what you’re even doing here. In any case, Snowpiercer got me thinking long and hard (also, firm) about other train-based movies, which can only mean that I am about to rank the ones I can remember in descending order for you because Internet.

#7 – Unstoppable

Denzel Washington stars as a know-it-all, smooth-as-jazz train engineer paired with, get this, a fresh-faced white dude on the first day of his new job. Ropes are shown, wise is cracked. Not before long, ol’ Denzel and his newbee partner are forced to partake in a suicide mission to catch a runaway train carrying more deadly chemicals than George W. Bush could dream up as an excuse to invade a Middle Eastern country (topical). Hijinks and ‘splosions ensue.

#6 – Night Train

Leelee Sobieski might be the worst actress in the history of the world, but she has really nice boobs and this movie was actually kind of decent. Lovecraft-ian, even. Three strangers find a dead body on a train that happens to be in possession of a butt load of diamonds, or maybe they’re emeralds, it’s not really important. Anyway, they all agree to do the logical thing and chop said dead guy into pieces while killing off anyone who dares question them. Co-starring Steve Zahn and the incomparable Danny Glover.

#5  The Taking of Pelham One Two Three

Fun fact: The guy who directed this movie went on to direct Jaws 4: The Revenge, which is quite possibly the stupidest film ever made.  

#4 – The Lady Vanishes

Yesterday I witnessed a shirtless teenager sporting no less than five teardrop tattoos walk into a convenience store and attempt to steal a bag of Cheetos by smuggling them in his ass. I know this because, for whatever reason, the kid’s pants were belted around his lower thighs in what I can only assume was an act of defiance against both the societal norms of dress code and the concept of gravity. Anyways, the kid tried to make a run for it when he saw that the owner had also taken exception to him, and literally tripped over his own pants before being tackled by the owner.

What I’m saying is that I wish we could go back to the days when everyone dressed as classy as the people in Alfred Hitchcock movies. Even homeless dudes had an evening suit back then. It was a simpler, better time, and somewhere out there, there is a 15-year-old picking cheese crumbles out of his ass hair that agrees with me.

#3 – Snakes on a Train

Full disclosure: I have not seen this movie. I have, however, read the film’s plot synopsis on its Wikipedia page, which I will now repeat to you verbatim:

“Although taking the same basic idea from Snakes on a Plane (lots of deadly snakes loose on a claustrophobic, high speed means of transport), the background story of how the snakes end up on the train is completely different.

In the movie, writer Eric Forsberg created a woman who has been put under a Mayan curse which causes snake eggs to hatch inside her belly and eat their way out. In order to recover the “lost pieces” of herself (the snakes), she must travel to Los Angeles where a powerful Mayan shaman can lift the curse. She takes the snakes along with her in small jars. While on the train, bandits attack her, allowing the snakes to escape and endanger the rest of the passengers.

Eventually, and inexplicably, she herself transforms into a gigantic snake and swallows the moving train whole.

Six passengers managed to escape unharmed and one of them performs magic to make her vanish. However one girl is shown to have been unknowingly bitten, suggesting the curse will remain.”

To recap: Mayan shamans, magic, and snakes eating trains. WHERE YOU AT NOW, HITCHCOCK?!

#2 – Under Siege 2: Dark Territory

By far the easiest selection of this list, Under Siege 2: Dark Territory sees Steven Seagal return as Navy cook-turned killing machine Casey Ryback and take on a group of international terrorists who hijack the train he happens to be traveling on with his niece. You know, kind of like how a group of terrorists hijacked the submarine he happened to be serving on in the first film. In any case, Dark Territory is the sort of gritty, powerful action flick that actually dares ask the tough questions, like “Why would a group of highly-skilled terrorists not check the manifesto of the train they were about to hijack to ensure that a counter-terrorism specialist was not on board?” But that’s just for the film scholars to decide when dissecting this masterpiece in 2025.

I love how they refer to Segal’s character as “the cook from Under Siege” in this trailer, as if to say, “This character was so unmemorable in the first incarnation that using his name to hype the second would accomplish nothing.” You gotta appreciate that kind of honesty.

But seriously, this movie is awesome. The only reason I didn’t rank it #1 was due to the fact that it features Kurtwood Smith yet a distinct lack of foots in asses.

#1 – Source Code

Believe it or not, there aren’t that many great films which take place entirely on a train. I blame texting (also, airplanes). Hidden beneath the smoke of such dumpster fires as Atomic Train, Death Train, and the band Train, however, is Source Code, a solid little sci-fi thriller directed by Moon’s Duncan Jones and starring Jake Gyllenhaal.

The plot of Source Code is incredibly similar to this year’s Edge of Tomorrow, in that Gyllenhaal plays an army soldier (pilot) forced to relive the same scenario over and over until he stops some terrorists from blowing up a train with their Tesseract or what the f*ck ever. While some critics have claimed that the film veers toward the overly sentimental with its conclusion, most agree that Source Code is ultimately a great popcorn flick that manages to be entertaining *and* thought-provoking. Movie-going audiences obviously agreed, as the film grossed nearly $150 million worldwide on a $32 million budget. HEAR THAT, MICHAEL BAY?! WE CAN HANDLE THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS, YOU WALKING CAN OF AXE BODY SPRAY.

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Review: Unstoppable http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-unstoppable/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-unstoppable/#comments Fri, 12 Nov 2010 16:25:51 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=8041 Obviously Unstoppable is Speed on a train, but it’s about 15 years too late for that comparison. Maybe now it’s more like The Fast and the Furious on a train. It certainly is the fastest, most furious movie of the year.

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Obviously Unstoppable is Speed on a train, but it’s about 15 years too late for that comparison. Maybe now it’s more like The Fast and the Furious on a train. It certainly is the fastest, most furious movie of the year.

For a while the film feels very serious, emphasizing the deadliness of the runaway train. That’s a valid point of view for a disaster movie, but you still kind of want to see the fun train crash adventure Unstoppable actually get to have it both ways. You feel really anxious about public safety and deadly consequences. Then it switches into pure hero mode with Frank and Will sticking it to the evil corporate suits who just want to protect their stock value.

There’s union talk that speaks to the current economic crisis. Does young hotshot Will Colson (Chris Pine) have what it takes to ride with veteran conductor Frank Barnes (Denzel Washington)? Even as a train conductor, Washington can’t not be in charge.  Meanwhile, yard master Connie (Rosario Dawson) tracks the slowly escalating “coaster” situation.

The film really builds to a fu fast and furious thrill ride.  Every attempt to stop the train is exciting and you appreciate how the script tries every possible permutation of suspense. Mark Bomback knows how to build the action of the premise. There are plenty of railroad crossing incidents.  It looks like these are real crashes, old school practical stunts with glorious destruction.

Every suspense scene builds expertly. Even the first one where the train loses control, when we know that’s what the movie is about, still makes you antsy, hoping lazy conductor Dewey (Ethan Suplee) can catch it. Judging by the trailer and the cast list, I don’t think a supporting character is going to prevent the disaster 20 minutes in, but darned if I wasn’t thinking, “Come on, come on…”

The style is pretty restrained for Tony Scott. The film actually looks clear so you can see what’s happening. There’s only a little shaky cam, but all the sweeping, flying cameras over the train make up for it. Cutting in news camera footage makes sense and is actually effective.

Unstoppable is my kind of movie. Just give me a clear premise and show me everything that could possibly happen in that situation. I prefer the more fun, outrageous attitude but I think they’re going to get both audiences on this: the serious drama crowd and the crazy action crowd.

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Rosario Dawson Wants To Be A Klingon Or Anything In The ‘Star Trek’ Sequel http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/rosario-dawson-wants-to-be-a-klingon-or-anything-in-the-star-trek-sequel/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/rosario-dawson-wants-to-be-a-klingon-or-anything-in-the-star-trek-sequel/#comments Thu, 11 Nov 2010 18:29:55 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=7996 Rosario Dawson has made it clear that she'd like to appear as a sexy Klingon in the Star Trek sequel. I added the "sexy" part.

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She looks strangely Kardashian.

Rosario Dawson has made it clear that she’d like to appear as a sexy Klingon in the Star Trek sequel. I added the “sexy” part. The actress has been harassing her poor Unstoppable co-star Chris Pine, in the hopes of landing a cameo. She says that she’s secretly a huge Trekkie. Quick! Somebody sound the NERD ALERT! I’d do it myself, but I’m busy watching these “Supernatural” deleted scenes.

“I’m a big Trekkie. I’ve been very good at hiding it. I was trying to keep it cool and now the cat is out of the bag. I love J. J. Abrams, I’ve got a whole petition going online on twitter that I could be in the next film, just a Klingon, something, anything at one point! Just go on and say ‘Kapla’ or something. Then I’d be happy, I’d be very, very satisfied.”

Of course that assumes that Klingons will appear in the sequel. As of right now, no plot specifics have been released, so she may be campaigning in vain. Although, she did say she’d appear as “anything at this point.” Maybe she’d be up for playing a pair of Tribbles. (Collider)

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9 Movie Trains You Wouldn’t Want to Ride http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/9-movie-trains-you-wouldn%e2%80%99t-want-to-ride/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/9-movie-trains-you-wouldn%e2%80%99t-want-to-ride/#comments Tue, 09 Nov 2010 18:47:20 +0000 Jame Gumb http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=7366 Hollywood has made its fair share of classic films that center around riding the rails. In honor of Unstoppable, here are nine pain-in-the-ass movie trains you wouldn’t want to ride.

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What the hell is going on with Tony Scott, Denzel Washington, and trains? Last year, the duo made The Taking of Pelham 123, a remake of the 1974 film about a train hijacking. This year, they’re back on track with Unstoppable, which tells the supposedly true story of a runaway train loaded with toxic waste. Based on the preview, the film looks about as exciting as riding a commuter train – look at these train videos just to see how boring it is. But looks can be deceiving. After all, Hollywood has made its fair share of classic films that center around riding the rails. In honor of this latest installment, here are nine pain-in-the-ass movie trains you wouldn’t want to ride.

The Great Train Robbery (1903)

The Great Train Robbery is considered one of the greatest films of the silent era. Produced by Thomas Edison, the film is widely credited with combining a number of innovative techniques in order to advance its narrative.

Audiences at the time had never seen anything like it, and many moviegoers ran away in panic when a train came barreling toward the screen. But regardless of the film’s historical significance, riding this train would be a pain in the ass, unless you consider being robbed and left for dead on the side of the tracks to be an adventure.

The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

To be honest, Bridge on the River Kwai is not exactly a train film. In fact, the there is only one scene involving a train. However, it is one of the most memorable scenes in cinema history.

After months of slaving away to complete a railway bridge for the Imperial Japaneses Army, a group of British POWs is taking pride in a job well done. In honor of the occasion, the Japanese are planning to christen the new bridge with an inaugural ride over by visiting dignitaries. However, a crack team of British commandos finds out about the event. Without giving away exactly what transpires, you can probably imagine that this is one train you wouldn’t want to take.

Von Ryan’s Express (1965)

Of all the ways to escape from a P.O.W. camp, hijacking a train has to be on the bottom of the list. After all, it’s not like your pursuers can’t figure out where you are headed. Once you start your journey, there aren’t a lot of options. And if something happens to the tracks ahead of you, you’re in for a very short trip. These are just a few of the obstacles faced by the men in Von Ryan’s Express, starting Frank Sinatra. And it’s not like “Old Blue Eyes” is going to belt out a tune in the dining car, which means there’s really no upside to riding this train.

The French Connection (1971)

At least when a normal train derails, it’s already on the ground. Sure, the thing might flip over a few dozen times, smashing you against the sides, but still, it’s better than a plane crash. However, if you’re on an elevated train, like the one in The French Connection, you face the worst of both worlds. If the train derails, you also have to worry about the impact from falling off the structure. Sure, riding this train might give you the chance to see Gene Hackman, but you’re only going to see him from the window since he’s following with his car. All in all, it’s not worth the ride.

Murder on the Orient Express (1974)

The downside to riding this train should be pretty clear. On the one hand, you might get murdered. On the other, you might be suspected of murder. Unless you have a death wish or like getting the third degree, tell Agatha Christie to piss off.

Silver Streak (1976)

The whole point of riding a train is to get to your destination. That’s what makes the train from Silver Streak so frustrating. Due to a series of unfortunate (and stupid) events, the train does not stop when it reaches the station, but rather plows directly into it. It’s not exactly the safest way to travel, however, you might catch a glimpse of Gene Wilder in blackface, which may be worth the risk.

Mission Impossible (1996)

Riding in the Chunnel, the train tunnel that goes under the English Channel, is somewhat frightening, despite the fact that it’s extremely safe and well maintained. But thinking about it rationally should get you over any psychological hangups you might have about traveling under the ocean in a train. However, riding on the outside of the train while a helicopter chases you is a whole different story. It’s also an idiotic story, but I digress.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001)

Where do I begin with the Hogwarts Express. First off, it doesn’t even have a proper station platform. 9¾ my ass! Second, the train runs on magic, which leaves a hell of a carbon footprint, even compared to coal. Throw in the ever-present danger posed by flying-car collisions, and all you have is an inconvenient, dirty death trap, whimsical though it may be.

Runnin A Train On Big Mama (2008)

I’m sure there’s a train in the tunnel joke to be made, but I’m not going to make it. Suffices to say, this type of train is definitely a pain in the ass.

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Meagan Tandy http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/meagan-tandy/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/meagan-tandy/#comments Sat, 06 Nov 2010 05:36:50 +0000 Col. Longshanks http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Gallery&p=7105 As a former Miss California, Meagan Tandy is expertly trained in the art of being good looking. For the last few years, she’s applied that training to the acting field, making brief appearances in “90210” and “Dark Blue” among other small-screen productions.

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As a former Miss California, Meagan Tandy is expertly trained in the art of being good looking. For the last few years, she’s applied that training to the acting field, making brief appearances in “90210” and “Dark Blue” among other small-screen productions. Next week she’ll make her feature film debut, portraying a character named Maya in Unstoppable, the Hollywood adaptation of the classic children’s story “The Little Engine That Could.”

A word from Meagan: “Having confidence in your own abilities is going to get you to go far.”

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Denzel Washington Does His Denzel Washington Impression http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/denzel-washington-does-his-denzel-washington-impression/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/denzel-washington-does-his-denzel-washington-impression/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 "Saturday Night Live’s" new cast member Jay Pharoah does an impeccable Denzel Washington. He did a sketch about Washington working retail as research for a part, and Pharoah totally captured Washington’s sound, his cadence, his laugh. Washington heard about that a lot as he spoke to reporters about his new movie, Unstoppable. The thing is, when I asked him if he heard the impression, he kind of started doing the impression back to me. He’s in a press conference with costars Rosario Dawson and Tony Scott. From the opening laughter to the way he turns the question around on me and tries to prod me, that’s exactly how Pharoah played it. After the jump, take a listen to an audio clip of Washington sounding very much like the "SNL" version of Denzel Washington.

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"Saturday Night Live’s" new cast member Jay Pharoah does an impeccable Denzel Washington. He did a sketch about Washington working retail as research for a part, and Pharoah totally captured Washington’s sound, his cadence, his laugh. Washington heard about that a lot as he spoke to reporters about his new movie, Unstoppable.

The thing is, when I asked him if he heard the impression, he kind of started doing the impression back to me. He’s in a press conference with costars Rosario Dawson and Tony Scott. From the opening laughter to the way he turns the question around on me and tries to prod me, that’s exactly how Pharoah played it.

After the jump, take a listen to an audio clip of Washington sounding very much like the "SNL" version of Denzel Washington.

 


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Here’s the "SNL" sketch.

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Exclusive Clip: Denzel Gets Chris Pine On Board In ‘Unstoppable’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/exclusive-clip-denzel-gets-chris-pine-on-board-in-unstoppable/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/exclusive-clip-denzel-gets-chris-pine-on-board-in-unstoppable/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 In this exclusive clip from Tony Scott's Unstoppable, Denzel Washington tries to enlist Chris Pine's help in an attempt stop a runaway train carrying a cargo of toxic chemicals. Obviously some heavy convincing is necessary. Most people don't want to go to head with the equivilant of a nuclear missile. Check out the clip after the jump. Unstoppable crashes into theaters November 14th.

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In this exclusive clip from Tony Scott‘s Unstoppable, Denzel Washington tries to enlist Chris Pine‘s help in an attempt stop a runaway train carrying a cargo of toxic chemicals. Obviously some heavy convincing is necessary. Most people don’t want to go to head with the equivilant of a nuclear missile.

Check out the clip after the jump. Unstoppable crashes into theaters November 14th.

 


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Denzel in ‘Unstoppable’ Trailer http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/denzel-in-unstoppable-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/denzel-in-unstoppable-trailer/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Denzel Washington and Tony Scott have a bigger fascination with trains than imaginative eight-year-old boys or fifty-year-old listless husbands. This time Chris Pine and Rosario Dawson board the duo's ride in the new trailer for Unstoppable. The film tells the story of an experienced engineer (Washington) who finds himself teaming up with a young conductor (Pine) in a race against time, with a runaway train carrying a cargo of toxic chemicals. Ageism and flash-frame-dissolve-cross-fade-smash-cuts are big themes. Oh Tony Scott, you shake that camera like you've got a bad case of palsy, and we love you for it.

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Denzel Washington and Tony Scott have a bigger fascination with trains than imaginative eight-year-old boys or fifty-year-old listless husbands. This time Chris Pine and Rosario Dawson board the duo’s ride in the new trailer for Unstoppable. The film tells the story of an experienced engineer (Washington) who finds himself teaming up with a young conductor (Pine) in a race against time, with a runaway train carrying a cargo of toxic chemicals. Ageism and flash-frame-dissolve-cross-fade-smash-cuts are big themes. Oh Tony Scott, you shake that camera like you’ve got a bad case of palsy, and we love you for it.

Unstoppable crashes into theaters November 14, 2010.

Check out the trailer below.


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