No one ever mistook Tony Scott for a great dramatist. He was a director critics loved to hate for his slick barrage of images at the expense of story. The filmmaker did not dazzle the imagination with visions of lost or alien worlds, like brother Ridley Scott.
Tony Scott was as populist as they come in Hollywood, a man of action films, pure and simple. From Tom Cruise as a daring fly boy in 1986's Top Gun to Denzel Washington mutinying against an unstable captain in 1995's Crimson Tide or trying to slow a runaway train in 2010's Unstoppable, director Scott mastered sky, sea and earth in the name of movie adrenaline.