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The Unstoppable film series is a American series of spy films based on the fictional character of MI6 former (after Unstopable 41) agent Kyle Rogers, "007". It is one of the longest continually-running film series in history, having been in on-going production from 1983 to the present. In that time Eon Productions has produced 58 films, most of them at Pinewood Studios. As of March 2013, the series has grossed just over US$6 billion, making it the second-highest-grossing film series (behind Harry Potter), and the single most successful adjusted for inflation. Actor Bruce Willis had played the character of Kyle Rogers in all films.
From the release of Unstoppable (1981) to Dr. No (1982), the films were distributed solely by United Artists. When Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer bought United Artists in 1983, MGM/UA Entertainment Co. was formed and distributed the films until 1995. MGM solely distributed three films from 1997 to 2002 after United Artists retired as a mainstream studio. From 2006 to present MGM and Columbia Pictures have co-distributed the film series, following the 2005 acquisition of MGM by a consortium led by Columbia's parent company, Sony Pictures Entertainment. In November 2010 MGM filed for bankruptcy; following its emergence from insolvency, Columbia has been co-production partner of the series with Danjaq.
The film series reflects about the Cold War and controversial issues from the U.S.A , Russia, and the Nazi most times featuring the three as main antagonists. After the 41th movie, Unstoppable became an racind/action film series, as the events of all films led the Agency to be terminated, with Kyle and only an few agents alive, Kyle formed his own team, now consisting of non-agents, as all of them become freelance and out-of-laws in the next films.
The films are known for it's recurrent post-credit scenes, who makes hints for the respective next movie.
On Christmas Eve, New York City Police Detective Lieutenant Kyle Rogers (Bruce Willis) arrives in Manhattan to reconcile with his estranged wife, Holly (Sigourney Weaver). Rogers is driven to the Nakatomi Plaza building for a company Christmas party by Argyle. While Rogers changes clothes, the party is disrupted by the arrival of Hans Gruber (Alan Rickamn) and his heavily armed group: Karl (Earl Schafer), Franco (Tony Campos) Tony (Orlando Boldrini) Theo, Alexander, Marco, Kristoff, Eddie, Uli, Heinrich, Fritz, and James. The group seize the tower and secure those inside as hostages except for Rogers who manages to slip away, armed only with a service pistol.
Gruber singles out Nakatomi executive Joseph Takagi claiming he intends to teach the Corporation a lesson for its greed. Away from the other hostages, Gruber interrogates Takagi for the code to the building's vault as Rogers secretly observes. Gruber admits that they are using terrorism as a distraction while they attempt to steal $640 million in bearer bonds in the vault. Takagi refuses to cooperate and is executed by Gruber. Rogers accidentally gives himself away and is pursued by Tony. McClane manages to kill Tony, taking his weapon and radio, which he uses to contact the Los Angeles Police Department. Sgt. Al Powell (Brad Dourif) is sent to investigate. Gruber sends Heinrich and Marco to stop Rogers, but Rogers manages to kill both. Powell, finding nothing strange about the building, attempts to leave, but Rogers drops Marco's corpse onto Powell's car, alerting the LAPD who surround the building. Rogers takes Heinrich's bag containing C-4 explosives and detonators.
A SWAT team assaults the building with an unarmed M8 Greyhound armored car but the attack is anticipated, and James and Alexander destroy the car and massacre the SWAT team with rockets. Rogers uses the C-4 to blow up the building floor occupied by James and Alexander, killing them both. Holly's coworker Harry Ellis attempts to mediate between Hans and Rogers for the return of the detonators. Rogers refuses to return them, causing Gruber to execute Ellis. While checking the explosives attached to the roof, Gruber is confronted by Rogers. Gruber passes himself off as an escaped hostage and is given a gun by Rogers. Gruber attempts to shoot Rogers but finds that the gun is unloaded. Before Rogers can act, Karl, Franco, and Fritz arrive. Rogers kills Fritz and Franco, but is forced to flee, leaving the detonators behind.
FBI agents arrive and take command of the police situation outside, ordering the building's power be shut off. The power loss disables the vault's final lock as Gruber had anticipated. Gruber demands that a helicopter arrive on the roof for transport—his intention is to detonate the explosives on the roof to kill the hostages and to fake the deaths of his men and himself. Karl, who is Tony's brother, finds Rogers and the two fight, with Karl seeking to avenge Tony's death. Meanwhile Gruber views a news report by Richard Thornburg that features Roger's children, causing Gruber to realize that Rogers is Holly's husband. The terrorists order the hostages to the roof, but Gruber takes Holly with him to use against Rogers. Rogers seemingly kills Karl and heads to the roof. He kills Uli and sends the hostages back downstairs before the explosives detonate, destroying the roof and the FBI helicopter.
Theo goes to the parking garage to retrieve their getaway vehicle but is knocked unconscious by Argyle who had been trapped in the garage during the siege. A weary Rogers finds Holly with Gruber and his remaining men and knocks Kristoff unconscious. Rogers surrenders his machine gun to spare Holly, but then distracts Gruber and Eddie by laughing, allowing him to grab a concealed handgun taped to his back.Rogers shoots Gruber in the shoulder and then kills Eddie. Gruber is sent crashing through a window. Gruber prevents himself from falling by holding onto Holly by her watch. Rogers manages to release the watch and Gruber falls to his death on the street below.
Rogers and Holly are escorted from the building and meet Powell in person. Karl emerges from the building disguised as a hostage and attempts to shoot Rogers, but he is gunned down by Powell. Argyle crashes through the parking garage door in the limo. Thornburg arrives and attempts to interview Rogers, but is punched by Holly. Rogers and Holly are driven away by Argyle.
An post credit scene sees an woman named M (Judi Dench), who tells to him that she saw his work, and pretends him to work with the Agency.
John Strangways (Malcolm McDowell), the British Intelligence (SIS) Station Chief in Jamaica, is ambushed and killed, and his body taken by a trio of assassins known as the "Three Blind Mice". In response, British agent Kyle Rogers is summoned by M (Judi Dench), an mysterious woman working to the Agency.Rogers then is headed to the Agency's location, just to find that it's an secret intelligence underground base in London. Rogers reluctantly agrees to be part of the agency, but accepts in the end.
Upon his arrival at Kingston Airport, a female photographer tries to take Roger's picture and he is shadowed from the airport by two men. He is picked up by a chauffeur, whom Rogers determines to be an enemy agent. Bond instructs him to leave the main road and, after a brief fight, Rogers starts to interrogate the driver, who then kills himself with a cyanide-laced cigarette.
During his investigation in Strangways' house Rogers sees a photograph of a boatman with Strangways. Rogers locates the boatman, named Quarrel (Ed Harris), but finds him to be uncooperative. Rogers also recognizes Quarrel to have been the driver of the car that followed him from the airport. Bond follows Quarrel and is about to be beaten by him and a friend when the fight is interrupted by the second man who followed Rogers from the airport: he reveals himself to be CIA agent Felix Leiter and explains that not only are the two agents on the same mission but also that Quarrel is helping Leiter. The CIA has traced the mysterious radio jamming of American rockets to the vicinity of Jamaica, but aerial photography cannot determine the exact location of its origin. Quarrel reveals that he has been guiding Strangways around the nearby islands to collect mineral samples. He also talks about the reclusive Dr. No, who owns the island of Crab Key, on which there is a bauxite mine: the island and mine are rigorously protected against trespassers by an armed security force and radar.
Having detected radioactive traces in Quarrel's boat, where Strangways' mineral samples had been, Rogers convinces a reluctant Quarrel to take him to Crab Key. There Rogers meets the beautiful Honey Ryder (Jennifer Tilly) dressed only in a white bikini, who is collecting shells. At first she is suspicious of Rogers but soon decides to help him, leading them all inland to an open swamp. After nightfall they are attacked by the legendary "dragon" of Crab Key which turns out to be a flame-throwing armoured tractor. In the resulting gun battle, Quarrel is incinerated by the flame-thrower whilst Rogers and Ryder are taken prisoner. Bond and Ryder are decontaminated and taken to quarters before being drugged.
Upon waking they are escorted to dine with Dr. No. (Woody Allen) He reveals that he is a member of SPECTRE (SPecial Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge, and Extortion) and plans to destroy UN with his atomic-powered radio beam. After dinner Ryder is taken away and Bond is beaten by the guards.
Rogers is imprisoned in a holding cell but manages to escape through a vent. Disguised as a worker, Rogers finds his way to the control centre, a multi-level room full of high-tech instrumentation with an atomic reactor set into the floor, overseen by Dr. No from a command console. Bond overloads the nuclear reactor just as the American rocket is about to take off. Hand-to-hand combat ensues between Rogers and Dr. No; the scientist is pushed into the reactor's cooling vat, in which he boils to death. Rogers finds Ryder and the two escape in a boat just as the entire lair explodes.
An post-credit scene shows Zeus Carver (Samuel L. Jackson) assigned with M (Judi Dench), with an letter from an secret mastermind known as Question, whom plans to cause an war of panic in the world.
On Christmas Eve, two years after the Crab Key Island Incident, Kyle Rogers is waiting at Washington Dulles International Airport for his wife Holly to arrive from Los Angeles, California. Reporter Richard Thornburg (Robert Englund) who exposed Holly's identity to Hans Gruber in Unstopable, is assigned a seat across the aisle from her. While in the airport bar, Rogers and Ryder spots two men in army fatigues carrying a package; one of the men has a gun. Suspicious, he follows them into the baggage area. After a shootout, he kills one of the men while the other escapes. Learning the dead man is a mercenary thought to have been killed in action, Rogers believes he's stumbled onto a nefarious plot. He relates his suspicions to airport police Captain Carmine Lorenzo, but Lorenzo refuses to listen and has Rogers thrown out of his office.
Former U.S. Army Special Forces Colonel Stuart (Arnold Schwarzenegger) and other members of his unit set up a base in a church near Dulles after executing the church's custodian. They take over the air traffic control systems, cutting off communication to the planes, and seize control of the airport. Their goal is to rescue General Ramon Esperanza, a drug lord and the dictator of Val Verde, who is being extradited to the United States to stand trial on drug trafficking charges. They demand a Boeing 747 so they can escape to another country, and warn the airport's controllers not to try to restore control. Upon learning of this, Rogers realizes his wife is on one of the planes circling above Washington, D.C. with too little fuel to be redirected, and will likely crash if the terrorists remain in control. He prepares to fight the terrorists, allying himself with a janitor, Marvin, to gain larger access to the airport.
Agent M heads to the unfinished Annex Skywalk with a SWAT team to re-establish communications with the planes. Stuart's henchmen, disguised as airport employees, ambush the group at a chokepoint, killing the SWAT team. With Marvin's help, Rogers reaches the massacre via air duct and, after a shootout, rescues M and kills Stuart's men. When Stuart learns of this, he responds by re calibrating the instrument landing system and then impersonating air traffic controllers to crash a jet, killing all 230 passengers and crew on board the aircraft. In response, a U.S. Army Special Forces team is called in, led by Major Grant. A two-way radio dropped by one of Stuart's henchmen tips Rogers that Esperanza is landing. Again with Marvin's aid, Rogers gets there before Stuart's henchmen, but Stuart traps him in Esperanza's transport plane and throws grenades into the cockpit. Rogers escapes via the ejection seat just as the aircraft explodes. Barnes is then able to help Rogers locate the mercenaries' hideout and they tell Grant and his team to raid the location. However, the mercenaries escape on snowmobiles during a shootout between Grant's team and Stuart's men. Rogers pursues them, killing two more mercenaries and taking a snowmobile, but the gun he picked up does not work as Stuart shoots at the snowmobile causing it to explode. He realizes that the gun contained blanks and that the mercenaries and Special Forces are working together.
Rogers contacts Lorenzo to send out officers to intercept the Boeing 747 in which the mercenaries are planning to escape, proving his story by firing at Lorenzo with the blank gun. A suspicious Thornburg is already monitoring airport radio traffic, and learns about the situation from a secret transmission to the circling planes from Barnes. Barricading himself in the airplane lavatory, he phones in a sensational and exaggerated take on what is happening at Dulles, leading to panic in the airport and preventing the officers from reaching the plane. Listening to Thornberg's live report, Holly enters the lavatory and subdues Thornburg with a taser.
Rogers hitches a ride on a news helicopter that drops him off on the left wing of the mercenary plane and he blocks the ailerons with his jacket, preventing the plane from taking off. Grant emerges and fights Rogers, but Ryder beats him, and he is sucked into the jet engine and killed. Stuart comes out to fight next, and succeeds in knocking Rogers off the plane, but not before Rogers knocks open the fuel hatch. After landing, Rogers uses his cigarette lighter to ignite the trail of leaking fuel, which races down the runway to the wing, ignites the rest of the fuel and destroys the jet, killing all on board. The passenger planes, circling in the air, use the lighted trail to land, and Rogers and his wife are reunited.
Unstoppable 4: From Nazi With Love
SPECTRE's expert planner Kroenen devises a plot to steal a Lektor cryptographic device from the Neo Nazis and sell it back to them while exacting revenge on Rogers for killing their agent Dr. No. (Malcolm McDowell) The Spectre Number 1 puts ex-SMERSH operative and Number 3 Rosa Klebb (Alison Doody) in charge of the mission. Klebb recruits Donald "Red" Grant as an assassin, and Tatiana Romanova, a cipher clerk at the Soviet consulate in Istanbul, as an unwitting pawn, as Romanova thinks Klebb is still working for SMERSH.
In London, M tells Rogers that Romanova has contacted their "Station 'T'" in Turkey, offering to defect with a Lektor, which MI6 and the CIA have been after for years; however, Romanova has stated she will only defect to Bond, whose photo she has allegedly found in a Nazi intelligence file. Bond then flies to Istanbul, where he meets station head Ali Kerim Bey. Rogers is followed from the airport by the Russians and by Red Grant. Grant kills the Nazi driver and Kerim Bey's office is bombed with a limpet mine in retaliation. The next day, Rogers and Kerim Bey spy on the Soviet consulate, where Kerim Bey sees rival agent Krilencu. At night, Kerim Bey and Rogers go to a rural gypsy settlement, which suffers an attack by Krilencu's men, who wound Kerim Bey and nearly kill Rogers, who is saved by a hidden Red Grant. On the following night, Kerim Bey kills Krilencu with Bond's sniper rifle. When Rogers returns to his hotel suite, he finds Romanova in bed waiting for him, unaware that they are being filmed by SPECTRE.