Runaway Train Reviews
Quiet violent & edgy for its time & despite its many scripting flaws it's genuinely engaging & fast paced throughout.
Staring Jon Voight, Eric Roberts & Rebecca DeMorney in solid roles. This could have been directed better but perfect for a Friday Night movie on TV.
Two escaped convicts from a high security prison in remote Alaska led by Jon Voight just happen to choose to escape on a departing train. Trouble is the driver has just carked it and the breaks have failed. Hence a runaway train!
Voight delivers a good performance as Manny the most dangerous and 'famous' of the two convicts.
Parts of the movie do still have production values of a TV movie. Im thinking of the awful soundtrack and odd inserts that are obviously paintings not even models of the distant prison.
A nice touch at the end is a clever use of an old William Shakespeare quote.