Although some critics are quick to dismiss all of his movies in one fell swoop, the truth is that there are really two different kinds of Tony Scott movies. The first kind, embodied by 'Top Gun,' 'True Romance,' 'Crimson Tide,' and "Déjà Vu,' is a stylish but still somehow at least vaguely thoughtful adventure that not only allows actors to act, but occasionally challenges them to be their best, well, movie star possible. The second, represented by 'Days of Thunder,' 'The Last Boy Scout,' 'The Fan,' 'The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3,' and now 'Unstoppable,' is an empty celebration of style that bludgeons or numbs most viewers while encouraging stars to play to their most comfortable strengths.

Basically, 'Unstoppable' is an onslaught of visual excess and nonsensical storytelling that believes it's a credible drama, which is why even by the most forgiving standards it's still awful.