Perhaps one day when I am old grumpy and stuck up I will hate hearing from people who read our site but for the time being I still love it. ( Well accept you trolls, keep your fingers to yourself ). I was really curious about the ‘Inspired by a True Story’ tag on Unstoppable and just how true it was when out of the blue a reader left me the following comment;
This film was “inspired by” a true story. Denzel’s character was based on my brother in law, Jess Knowlton, who actually chased and caught that train back in 2001. My sister, Jess’ wife, was very ill with cancer during the filming of “Unstoppable”, and did not live to see it finished.
At the end of the movie, the credits say “In memory of Hollie Haines Knowlton.” I found the film thrilling, but that dedication was worth the price of admission for me!
When I saw the tag I assumed that much like the Texas Chainsaw Massacre it was 99% b.s. and 1% Kinda truth if your drunk on draino. Turns out Unstoppable is at least a very similar premise and is based around a near train catastrophe that took place on May 15th 2001.
A train with over 40 cars attached to it somehow managed to leave the Stanley Rail Yard in Ohioa and travelled 66 miles before finally being stopped by an incredibly brave pair of men Jesse Knowlton and Terry Forson who took it upon themselves to use another train to chase it down and stop the ‘unstoppable’ train.
Unstoppable is now playing in theatres in stars Chris Pine and Denzel Washington. You can read Lukes review of Unstoppable You can read the entire report on the real accident in the CNN Archives at the link. Thanks to Captain Howdy for the link!