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"Runaway Train" isn't just bad -- it's bodaciously bad, grotesquely overblown, lurid in its emotion, big ideas on its brain.
Wrenchingly intense and brutally powerful, Andrei Konchalovsky's film rates as a most exciting action epic and is fundamentally serious enough to work strongly on numerous levels.
Somehow one leaves aside the blatant implausibilities, the coincidences, even Eric Roberts, and takes great pleasure in a breakneck ride to the end of the line.
The nihilism and the vicious intensity of Mr. Voight's performance here are entirely different from anything else he has done on screen; it's a shame those qualities emerge in such a vigorous but disjointed film.
Runaway Train belongs to a rare genre: the intelligent thriller.
Runaway Train is a reminder that the great adventures are great because they happen to people we care about.
It's a great, simple story, and, in the history of action movies, ought to be considered alongside Die Hard and Speed.
A terrific mix of tightly coiled action and psychoanalysis that has no place in a genre film from the '80s, but works splendidly regardless.
A thunderous proto-Speed with exploitation trappings, it also works as an existential art movie with a serious director and a dusted-off Akira Kurosawa script.
A gripping action thriller that's also extremely well acted by Jon Voight and Eric Roberts in Oscar-nominated performances.
While RUNAWAY TRAIN does balance action and philosophy quite neatly it's still intriguing to wonder how differently Kurosawa would have handled it
Highly unusual drama with single premise: survive the runaway train. A metaphor for us all.
A solid but conventional action thriller like many others made in the 1980s, oscillating unevenly between efficient moments and scenes that simply do not work - and even if relying on a lot of coincidences and with a ridiculous villain, it offers great performances from Voight and Roberts.
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.
What an entertaining ride. The dialogue is laughable at times, but what works is the raw storytelling. Loaded with "What's that actor's name?" type actors, it works because the actors want it to work. The plot isn't anything deep other than two convicts on the run on a train without brakes. That's all we really need. Yet, only a few minutes into the opening credits, it drops an unexpected bit of information by revealing that it is based on a screenplay by legendary Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa.
Perhaps, it explains why this isn't your typical action film, but a great action film. You really get the feeling the train is out of control (as much as it could be on rails) with great camerawork and stunts. It doesn't rely on 100 camera edits a minute, or one explosion after the other or repetitive gunfights with corny one-liners that other action films of the 80's relied on so heavily. Jon Voight is awesome. Keep an eye out for Mr. Blue from Reservoir Dogs.
Jon Voight is a dangerous convict who escapes from an Alaskan prison and hijacks a train. It's quite suspenseful and tragic.
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