A solid, mostly believable action film. Despite Scott trying to create a sense of danger, I never felt like Pine or Washington were in mortal danger. With only two of them on the train, one of them dying would leave nowhere interesting to go story-wise. You're pretty sure the main characters are safe because of this, so there's little tension even with the fact that a town might get blown up. It's still fun, though.
I caught this again (or at least the last act) on cable a few months ago and the scene when Chris Pine is jumping on the train; the cuts from each differing perspective (the Tony Scott view, the tv capturing it, the reaction shots of those watching the tv) made me realize the key to T. Scott's work; the dual nature of the film image. And it also dawned on me that the man's a genius. This was a hell of a swan song.
Pretty good in its metaphor, but so melodramatic that it comes off as nothing more than an unintentional comedy. There never seems to be any sense of peril regardless of how close Scott cuts to pensive faces. Most of the film might as well have been made with a model train and a couple of fireworks.
This is as good as this type of movie, on this subject, could be done...and I don't mean that as a dig at the film at all. It is a force of an action film, with genuinely intense, edge-of-your-seat sequences. It has to be one of the best big-budget action films I've seen in a long while.