Based on a true story (with many liberties taken in the film version), Unstoppable turns an ordinary, unexciting train into a true object of menace. Director Tony Scott (Man on Fire) serves the material best by sticking to a tight 90 minutes full of suspense and intricate action. With an enduring rookie and old-time duo at the centre of the film, Unstoppable is a throwback to bare-bones action flicks; it pumps you up with adrenaline until the end.

The film opens with Will (Pine) on his first day of working for a railroad company as a train conductor. He receives a lukewarm welcome from Frank (Washington), his assigned engineer, as rumours claim that Will’s blood ties with a company executive got him his job. However, as the two spend time confined in the small control cab of a train; they eventually warm up to each other.

Meanwhile, trouble is brewing as an unmanned train is on the loose, spewing and dragging a half-mile of explosives and dangerous chemicals behind it. The control room administrator (Dawson) illustrates the danger by calling the train 'a missile the size of the Chrysler Building.' Fortunately, Will and Frank find themselves in a position where they can catch the runaway train and stop it before it enters the populated neighbourhoods of Pennsylvania.

Washington’s incomparable onscreen presence gives the film a robust boost, and the everyman chemistry between him and Pine forms a powerful emotional connection that carries the action sequences. A perfect balance of popcorn dynamics and human interplay permeate every frame of Unstoppable; leaving not a dull moment in between.

Unstoppable works largely due to its commitment to formula. Instead of reworking the genre tropes or tiptoeing around them, the film fully embraces its blockbuster cairo360users to deliver a stylish, heart-pounding action film. This is an unaffected and triumphant return for Tony Scott after a string of disappointing, albeit ambitious films. Hold tight; because once the film starts moving, it won’t slow down.