Tony Scott’s final outing as director is an excellent action thriller that provides a timely reminder that sometimes, less is more.
Unstoppable’s premise is ingeniously simple; a train carrying toxic material is out of control and a group of people must work together to stop it. That’s all there is to it, and it’s also all that this type of film could ever truly need.
Scott recognises that all the necessary tension and excitement is inherent in the story and doesn’t feel the need to add any irrelevant fluff. There are personal problems experienced by our heroes of course, but these only add to the ongoing action and never distract from it.
The entire cast is excellent, from it’s major stars to the bit[art players. Chris Pine and Denzel Washington deliver a twin helping of affable charisma as the veteran engineer and young conductor who face the unenviable task of catching up with the runaway train and bringing it to a halt. Rosario Dawson is also pitch-perfect as the unflappable yardmaster trying her best to keep everyone on track (excuse the pun).
Scott delivers slick, well-crafted action that is shot with a kinetic energy that doesn’t relent for a second. He turns the train itself into a genuine threat, a metal monster threatening death and destruction to all in its wake amidst the industrial cityscapes it hurtles through.
Not a single moment of Unstoppable is wasted and it leaves you on the edge of your seat for a refreshingly lean 98 minutes.