Runaway Train Reviews
September 7, 2020
Unpredictably cohesive elements collaborate, unveiling an intensity and underlying poignancy that come as a great surprise considering the cliché action movie title.
March 1, 2019
It's one of the most beautiful and slickly produced pieces of reactionary junk food cinema ever made, and it's glorious.
January 4, 2018
"Runaway Train" isn't just bad -- it's bodaciously bad, grotesquely overblown, lurid in its emotion, big ideas on its brain.
June 16, 2017
It's a great, simple story, and, in the history of action movies, ought to be considered alongside Die Hard and Speed.
January 2, 2016
A terrific mix of tightly coiled action and psychoanalysis that has no place in a genre film from the '80s, but works splendidly regardless.
February 7, 2014
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.
June 23, 2011
A gripping action thriller that's also extremely well acted by Jon Voight and Eric Roberts in Oscar-nominated performances.
September 1, 2009
While RUNAWAY TRAIN does balance action and philosophy quite neatly it's still intriguing to wonder how differently Kurosawa would have handled it
March 26, 2009
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.
March 2, 2008
Highly unusual drama with single premise: survive the runaway train. A metaphor for us all.
February 9, 2006
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.
August 21, 2004
Gets derailed by a mediocre screenplay.
July 4, 2004
A real horror: heavy-handed, stupidly gruesome, as claustrophobic as its train cars and prison cells.