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Runaway Train Reviews

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Pierluigi P

Super Reviewer

July 21, 2008
The underrated John Voight crafts another stellar, intense, chamaleonic performance. Great and defiant thriller that keeps its best cards for the end, an instant that holds an overwhelming sense of beauty, one final act of honor and acceptance of the seemingly unavoidable fate, for is better to embrace death with honor than to rot like an animal in confinement.
Anthony L

Super Reviewer

June 26, 2013
Runaway Train is pure low-budget 80's cheese. Probably without the low-budget though. It's almost a guilty pleasure as the acting is laughable, mainly thanks to Eric Roberts but it's not like anyone else puts in an Oscar worthy performance. The story is wildly unrealistic but lots of fun. To be fair though, the end scene is quite powerful and resonant. I think that is probably why people love it so much. The right kind of quirky.
Carlos M

Super Reviewer

October 19, 2012
A solid but conventional action thriller like many others made in the 1980s, oscillating between efficient moments and scenes that simply do not work. Even if relying on a lot of coincidences and with a ridiculous villain, it offers great performances from Voight and Roberts.
Lafe F

Super Reviewer

July 26, 2007
Jon Voight is a dangerous convict who escapes from an Alaskan prison and hijacks a train. It's quite suspenseful and tragic.
garyX
garyX

Super Reviewer

July 5, 2007
A highly regarded prison escape movie set in the frozen north that is far too steeped in melodrama to be believable, although Jon Voight turns in a typically intense performance through to the pretentious and highly anti-climactic ending.
deano
deano

Super Reviewer

February 1, 2007
Wrenchingly intense and brutally powerful, director Andrei Konchalovsky's film rates as a most exciting action epic and is fundamentally serious enough to work strongly on numerous levels.
John B

Super Reviewer

March 5, 2014
Konchalovsky gets more credit than he likely deserves for the existential nature of this relatively straight up action adventure. It's not a bad film, just not as great as it has often been portrayed.
Erin C

Super Reviewer

October 29, 2010
This was exciting. Roberts' character got on my nerves after awhile, and De Mornay was pretty irritating, but Voight was very convincing in his role. I didn't really like the ending, but otherwise, it was a pretty good movie.
Anthony V

Super Reviewer

May 15, 2007
Screenplay by Akira Kurosawa.
TurkishStain
March 19, 2009
Well made and energetic, the acting all around is generally horrendous. Awesomely horrendous as far as Voight is concerned, his accent was terrible but I loved it and overall the character is memorable. Eric Roberts is horrendous horrendous, his entire performance is annoying. Solid stuff here, ending is pretty okay but I'll never get the mass acclaim.
May 28, 2007
Somehow, this remarkable film, which should on the Best Of list for the year it was released and for the decade of every film critic alive, seems to have fallen beneath the radar. Possibly Voight's best performance, De Mornay (who needs to be in more movies) has a pivotal, small role, and Roberts... well, he redeems his career in this. Based on a Kurosawa screenplay, one wonders how The Master would have handled it. Even so, I cannot conceive of a better rendition.
bill s.
September 12, 2014
The cast is brilliant.....one of my favorite 80s action adventure and that's saying something when every other movie made in the 80s seemed from that genre.
April 22, 2014
With outstanding performances all round and a gripping story, Runaway Train is an action packed thriller that still manages to discuss important themes of society.
February 19, 2014
Pure, gritty, prime 80's meat and potato stuff. Jon Voight is incredible in this film, in fact so is Eric Roberts!
Pierluigi P

Super Reviewer

July 21, 2008
The underrated John Voight crafts another stellar, intense, chamaleonic performance. Great and defiant thriller that keeps its best cards for the end, an instant that holds an overwhelming sense of beauty, one final act of honor and acceptance of the seemingly unavoidable fate, for is better to embrace death with honor than to rot like an animal in confinement.
September 2, 2013
2 career criminals escape an Alaskan maximum security prison only to end up on an out-of-control train with no engineer and no way to stop it. Sharp performances by Voight and Roberts, and enough subtext for a college English thesis.
July 30, 2013
This movie was GREAT!
filmlover1994
July 28, 2013
Jon Voight Is Going To Turn 75 Years Old This December.
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