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June 5, 2017
Jon Voight's brilliant and frightening performance is the only reason I rate this 3 stars. If only Kurosawa could have made this as planned. It would be a completely different and deeper film. The 80s dance beat score is all wrong. Eric Roberts is annoying and over the top with the accent. Where was the director to notice that after climbing through miles of sewer, falling into a freezing river, walking for miles in the snow, Roberts next scene shows his hair, face and clothes still looking like he stepped out of GQ 1985? I'd love to see this remade by either Japanese or Korean film makers who have a handle on the tone it should have.
½ February 10, 2017
Runaway Train wastes Jon Voight's talent and an interesting premise with an almost uneventful, dull script.
December 29, 2016
One of the better Cannon Films in their immersive & infamous catalogue about two prisoners breaking out & stealing a train that becomes an uncontrollable Runaway Train.

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.
½ December 18, 2016
A forgotten minor classic. What should be average low-budget schlock is elevated by strong central performances and an affecting score.
June 7, 2016
Forceful and impressive movie, brilliantly executed and acted, with pretty descent philosophical content and mysterious charm about it.
½ May 22, 2016
An entertaining ride as two escaped convicts from an Alaskan prison end up on a speeding train they can't stop after the engineer suffers a heart attack. Have to wonder if Shawshank lifted their prison escape method from this one. One of Golan Globus' finest.
½ May 3, 2016
I think Jon Voight, and Eric Roberts made their best role in this movie. It is not easy to outbreak human emotion in the tiny cabin of the train but the film did that. Film worth to watch.
½ April 23, 2016
Smart, intense, and great action and scenery. There's the air of foreign melodrama but it works.
½ April 6, 2016
Not a perfect picture by any means, the memorable Manny, played by Jon Voight, really steals the show making a mediocre movie into an entertaining train ride (literally).
April 2, 2016
The movie is one of the little gems from the past. Jon Voight in one of his best performances of his career. Improbable but plausible circumstances find three people trapped on a runaway train headed for disaster. The drama between Voight, Roberts and DeMornay on the train is raw and intense. I recommend the movie.
Super Reviewer
½ February 7, 2016
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.
September 25, 2015
The Kurosawa script was the real star and Voight was interesting despite the hyper annoying eric roberts. Lots of tension and a solid pace keep this moving, har har
August 23, 2015
Bafflingly overpraised, very ordinary thriller, with a hugely miscast Jon Voight overacting in compensation. The best runaway train movie is Joseph Sargent's original 1975 Taking of Pelham 123. This has none of that one's wit, humour and excitement.
August 22, 2015
a run of the mill thriller elevated by a truly tour de force performance from Voight
July 19, 2015
A simple movie that thrives well off of its thrilling moments of a train on the loose, but mostly works thanks to its strong performances from Jon Voight and Eric Roberts.
July 17, 2015
Watching Runaway Train felt like i was being let in on a wonderful secret; it's an oppressive, slow-burning apocalyptic thrill ride (maybe even bordering on a horror?), and quite unlike any other film I've seen. Almost a spiritual journey, the film touches on themes like existentialism, the soul, id; very few movies have ever even approached this kind of intelligence in this genre. The train is presented as a ghastly, emotionless monster, literally unstoppable and almost mythic. By the end of the film the machine has a character and a story. There are shots interspersed throughout the movie, tracking the blackened, hellish beast, and combined with the truly stunning score, wash frozen chills all over. Some will watch and be bored; by today's standards (and when it was released) the majority simply don't have the patience or the inclination to submit to a different way of story-telling in the action/thriller framework; but to see a gem as bright as this, unspoiled by Hollywood's ever-tightening constrictions, is the pure joy of cinema. Runaway Train feels like a one-way descent into Hades, and its an awesome ride.
July 11, 2015
If Soul Asylum had done the soundtrack, I might have gone even higher
½ June 28, 2015
Statistically every once in a while a Cannon B film from the 1980s was going to be above average. Runaway Train was one of their rare hits.
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.
½ May 15, 2015
This could have been a great film. But direction was poor, and there were scenes where Jones 70's, disco-tainted and hokie score on top of acting that was distractingly over-the-top, and it almost felt like Smokey & the Bandit sans any humor. There are any number of great directors that could have taken this great story, improved on the script, better-sculpted his or her actors' performance to help this film live up to it's potential. This director didn't.
March 31, 2015
Wonderful movie.......well played!!
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