I am going to state that Unstoppable has an infranarrative about corporate America abandoning the working class of rust-belt America to save their company stock price and have a nice game of golf… Seriously. But first and foremost, this is a thrilling film about a runaway train.
Stanton, Southern Pennsylvania, veteran rail employee with 28 years on the tracks Frank Barnes (Denzel Washington) is facing forced into retirement. He is called upon to train (hyuk hyuk) new employee Will Colson (Chris Pine) who is facing a restraining order from his wife preventing him from returning home. Elsewhere, a slack rail employee named Dewey sets in motion a driverless train which is carrying dangerous chemicals that could cause a huge explosion. Yardmaster Connie Hooper (Rosario Dawson) battles with her superiors and works with the police to try and stop the train before it hits a populated area… and a train full of school children… 150 school children actually. Really. Nobody quite realises that it will be Frank Barnes and Will Colson who will save the day.