|Chris Pine driving the train.|
Screenwriter Matt Bomback and director Scott combine to craft a Pennsylvania where the government and police are answerable to the AWVR railroad corporation. We know that the top-level brass of this corporation are out of touch and (perhaps) evil because we see them on the golf course, dressed in suits in highrise offices (with good views), and unwilling to share their deliberations with on-sight management. We know that our heroes are good because they: a) buy doughnuts for visiting schoolchildren, b) call their children to tell them that they are loved, and c) love their wives enough to threaten supposed threats to the marriage with a gun.
|Chris Pine at the helm of a different vehicle.|
|We're the good guys. Look how we're dressed.|
I imagine the difficulty of making a train moving along the tracks look dangerous is analogous to making submarines look dynamic in their movement. Large, relatively slow-moving vehicles that are not threatened by their surrounding (and in the case of submarines change direction very slowly) are just moving objects. Oh no! That train is moving.
I guess I wouldn't recommend Unstoppable. It feels longer than it is. It takes the concept of the stock character too far for my tastes. It doesn't convey any real sense of danger to the audience. It just kind of is on the screen, a temporary impediment to doing something else. If I were to recommend a Scott brothers film about the dangers of corporate greed and the determination of the working class, I'd suggest Alien (1979).