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A love of number-crunching makes the audience feel engaged in a deadly algebra problem. Four miles! 2000 feet! Population 780,000!
There's a gut-level simplicity to "Unstoppable" that works despite all its cliches.
Unstoppable is a movie that's all about getting the job done, no matter what that job happens to be in the course of a day. The movie, easily Scott's best since Crimson Tide, does exactly that thing itself.
New York Times:
Its story is largely forgettable, and its pleasures are transitory, limited to the actors (including Rosario Dawson and Kevin Corrigan, working up a sweat back in dispatch) and to its moments of beauty and strange comedy.
Finally, we've found the ideal use for Tony Scott's hyperkinetic, headache-inducing filmmaking style: a movie about a runaway train.
Wall Street Journal:
Tony Scott's latest thriller turns out to be pure cinema in the classic sense of the term. It's a motion picture about motion, an action symphony that gives new meaning to the notion of a one-track mind.
Some movies win you Oscars, and some have you playing second banana to an evil train -- and both have their place.
As long as Unstoppable stays on the train, it's queasily effective.
Unstoppable is a movie in a hurry, quickly building a momentum that befits its title and never letting up till the end.
There's a train. It can't be stopped. What else do you really need to know?
J. R. Jones,
The main story is gripping, flawlessly paced, and nicely grounded in operational detail.
Unmanned freight train's loose. Must be stopped. Veteran train engineer Denzel Washington and newbie Chris Pine are on the job. Questions? I can't believe we wasted even that much time on the plot.
Once it gets rolling it doesn't pause for breath, and it's safe to say you won't, either.
Christian Science Monitor:
Like it or not, there are some things that movies do best. Movies do not generally do a great job with anything involving heavy-duty cogitation, but when it comes to runaway trains, the medium is peerless. All aboard!
This isn't groundbreaking fare, mind you. But Unstoppable muscles through its story of peril with crafted intensity and a few well-placed grins.
NONE of us is as dumb as ALL of us: The real life story of how we (seriously) lost control of a train!
Los Angeles Times:
"Unstoppable" is as good as its name. A runaway train drama that never slows down, it fashions familiarity into a virtue and shows why old-school professionalism never goes out of style.
An action thriller seriously devoid of action or thrills, the curiously sluggish Unstoppable is the slowest, talkiest movie you'll ever see about a runaway freight train loaded with toxic chemicals.
Though it's a ridiculous ride, it offers the heightened pulse of a great race.
New York Daily News:
It takes a little while to pick up speed, but once Tony Scott's "Unstoppable" starts moving, it becomes a lean, efficient action flick.
The director of the limp "Pelham 123″ remake takes a second shot at his railway movie, and this time gets it right.
Scott shoots and edits Unstoppable with roller-coaster momentum and an eye (and ear) on that roaring tonnage of steel.
Unstoppable, a 95-minute thrill ride from director Tony Scott, delivers the right level of adrenaline. Unfortunately, the sheer exhilaration is dampened somewhat by an overreliance upon action/thriller stock situations and characters.
The movie is as relentless as the train, slowly gathering momentum before a relentless final hour of continuous suspense. In terms of sheer craftsmanship, this is a superb film.
Unstoppable is a bang-up ride that means to wring you out. Mission accomplished.
An adrenaline-infused runaway-train flick that perfectly distills director Tony Scott's talents and limitations.
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
This is a terrific, sweaty, men-on-a-mission adventure, with heroic blue-collar railwaymen, pencil-pushing bureaucrats and hotheads in the head office battling to halt an unmanned runaway train.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
In the midst of hard times, "Unstoppable" is a welcome reminder that America builds at least one thing better than any other country: action movies.
Globe and Mail:
Though inspired by a real incident, the movie is an opportunistic political allegory about an economy that's out of control and industries that are weakened by layoffs, under-staffing and corporate callousness.
Being an explosive personality himself, Scott really knows how to ratchet up the tension, with lots of fast cuts and relentless action.
Very big train hits stuff. Bish bash bosh. Job done. Great fun.
Unstoppable gathers steam with a plot that's predictable but plausible and a few old-school-filmmaking flourishes that churn the picture forward.
Given the linear, one-track nature of the plot, Scott and Bomback prove surprisingly effective at delivering a well-rounded experience, going out of their way to fill in the personalities of their two leads.