'Unstoppable' is a train-movie.
These sorts of movies are metaphors. Trains as fate, time, disease, the political process--processes far larger than we are gone out of control endangering many people. And it's up to us to stop it all.
This was a particularly enjoyable version of this kind of movie, thanks in large part to its likable leads. Having lived in PA for a few years, I think they nailed their characters.
PA is this enigmatic state, part pre-apocalyptic beauty, part dystopia. But it is filled with guys just like the leads in 'Unstoppable.' Regular 'joes' who are terrible at relationships, frustrated with life, caught in the gears of a capitalist wasteland and a socialist nightmare. But they're regular guys who will lay down their lives for you with very little provocation. They can be bitter and mean and juvenile. But show them danger, a so-called ethical dilemma, and watch out. They're in it.
I can't think of a single PA man I knew who didn't wear a Superman suit under their 20 year-old jeans and free t-shirt. From wealthy businessmen to jobless ex-cons: you need help? You got it.
'Unstoppable' was a powerful testament to guts and hard-knocks. Intense movie.
Rotten Tomatoes gives it an 86%.
Reviewed at Plugged in Online.
Note*I appreciate the service Plugged-in Online offers families, but seriously, I've never read a review that didn't focus on the most peripheral 'objectionable element.' It can be silly. A classic example of what results from a culture of Pharisaical-fear-mongering-commie-hunting: everything is "not officially recommended," everything is "be careful." Okay. Be careful.
and Be careful you don't strain the gnat and swallow the camel.