Excerpt: The train roars. No, seriously, Unstoppable’s massive chunk of metal actually emits the sound of a creature from some SyFy Channel movie. There’s even a little mechanical gurgle that sounds like something from Transformers . Take one point for the sound design. Then, you have “that” scene, where a character has to describe the enormity of the situation to a corporate head who apparently knows nothing of the business he runs.
Summary: Popcorn-movie that it is, this straightforward actioner from director Tony Scott - about a runaway train carrying tons of toxic chemicals - delivers exactly what you'd expect and nothing more.
Excerpt: Embellished on a true story, Tony Scott’s Unstoppable has the fundamental elements of a good meat-and-potatoes thriller: a runaway freight train careening down the main line, a couple of likeable blue-collar types tasked with stopping it, and a tight 90-plus minutes to get the job done.
Summary: This simple but effective man versus machine blockbuster signals a return to form for director Tony Scott ( Top Gun , True Romance and recently: Deja Vu , The Taking of Pelhma 1 2 3 ). More It takes a little while before it truly hits top gear, but once it does there are plenty of set pieces to get the heart racing.