Even as the opening credits roll, you know the ending of the movie. But is really doesn't matter. "Unstoppable" is completely predictable from the first second to the last. But it is so well made that though you are not glued to the edge of your seat in suspence, you are focused totally on what is going on, and you get to care about the two leads even though you know that they are really in no danger. The movie is like a great thrill ride at an amusement park; it grabs you, manipulates you so that you scream in delight, and then lets you off, safe, sound, and ready for the next ride. Most films of this genre turn you off them for at least a month or three. "Unstoppable" never does that.
The special effects are well under control, the on-site filming gives it credibility, the actors are topnotch, and the villain is so hopelessly stupid that you can't even want to boo him - just have him locked away working in the back room of a fast-food restaurant. And since it is based on a "true event" I guess I have to accept that one woman is smarter than about twelve men put together
(with apologies to Lina Lamont.)
"Unstoppable" is a fun ride in every way.