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.
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.