What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that compared to other Tony Scott/Denzel Washington thrillers (like Man on Fire), Unstoppable is relatively mild on violence. There's definitely lots of suspense -- and plenty of nailbiting scenes -- but there's no blood or weapons violence. A train explosion does kill one conductor, the runaway train nearly collides with a horse, and the main characters get injured and bruised. Language includes "s--t" and "ass," and prominent brands include Hooters and Ford. There's not too much sexual content -- a kiss, a couple of embraces, and a shot of the Hooters waitresses. Washington's wise, brave character is a good example of an older character who still has lots of expertise and experience to contribute; he and Chris Pine's character demonstrate strong teamwork skills.
- Families can talk about the movie's suspense. Which is scarier -- gory violence or nailbiting suspense? Why? Which has a more lasting impact?
- One of the movie's themes is ageism. At first, how does Will react to Frank's age and Frank to Will's newbie status? How does their relationship change by the end?
- How does this movie compare to other "train movies"? What's so compelling about a runaway train?