Excerpt: "Hang on for the ride of your life as Oscar Winner Denzel Washington and Chris Pine ('Star Trek') team up for the year's most electrifying action-thriller. A runaway train, transporting deadly, toxic chemicals, is barreling down on Scranton, Pennsylvania, and only two men can stop it: a veteran engineer (Washington) and a young conductor (Pine).
Excerpt: I'm wracking my brain trying to think if there was ever a time when director Tony Scott managed better than just workman like in a film he made. On the one hand, even the worst of his films hasn't been much less than that, so at least he's consistent. But despite some visual and formalistic experimentation (and inside the action-thriller genre no less) over the last decade he's never managed more than that. "Unstoppable" is just the latest example.
Summary: A balls-to-the-wall action flick that leaves little to the imagination, but plenty for the eyes and ears to take in. Good solid entertainment, a wonderful audio and video presentation, and a heaping of great extras make this one a excellent value for the money.
Excerpt: The collaborations between actor Denzel Washington and director Tony Scott are nearly in the double digits now. It’s hard to believe that some of their best work like “Crimson Tide” is now over fifteen years old. I’m all for a good actor/director pairing. Some directors find actors they like and do great work with and the result is usually a great film. Take Martin Scorsese with his frequent stars Robert DeNiro and, of late, Leonardo DiCaprio.
Conclusion: There may not be much of a plot and they characters aren’t completely fleshed out, but between the actors who made this better than it should have been and Scott’s eye for speed and talent for logistics, this movie was a lot of fun but it’s not something that will stay with you.
Excerpt: Based very loosely on a 2001 story of a runaway train in Ohio, writer Mark Bomback jazzes it up for the sake of entertainment and action. As in real life, the adventure begins when an idiotic engineer jumps from the slowly moving train in order to reposition a switch before the train can damage it. Successful in this task, he then tries to reboard the moving train as it gains speed, but to no avail.
Summary: Unstoppable will fill all of your adrenaline needs and still offer you a nice piece of character drama as well. I actually liked it better the second time through. I wasn’t so focused on the background. There was a lot to pick up on as I watched it again. So this is more than just a rental. You should think about picking this one up for your permanent collection. Non-stop runaway action is what you’re in for. After all, “That’s how it is at the retirement home”.
Excerpt: The Movie A lot like Speed on a train (but quite different from Under Siege II: The Dark Territory ), Unstoppable is the latest "non-stop thrill ride" to come out of Hollywood, this time about a powered, unmanned locomotive with no brakes. It's half a mile long, loaded with hazardous materials, and heading fast into opposing traffic and populated areas.
Conclusion: 'Unstoppable' takes a simple premise and runs with it full throttle, but this taut action flick from director Tony Scott never penetrates our hearts and minds. Cardboard characters and a one-dimensional script keep it mired in mediocrity, and though it's fun enough while it lasts, I can't imagine ever revisiting it.
Conclusion: There's a lot of content on the Unstoppable Blu-ray, but only two items really need your attention. One is the movie, which is skillfully crafted to keep audiences engaged in its absorbing story. The other is a half-hour bonus feature that does a pretty decent job covering the making of the film. Everything else is overkill, but on the strength of those two alone, I recommend Fox's Blu-ray release, which serves up top-notch audio/video too.