Runaway Train 1985 ****

The talent pool behind Runaway Train is a strange collection; Andrey Konchalovskiy directs, but the screenplay was originally by Akira Kurosawa, and actor Edward Bunker (Reservoir Dogs) is amongst those who worked on the script. Featuring footage shot on the Alaskan railroad, Runaway Train is about Manny (Jon Voight) a convict who escapes alongside Buck (Eric Roberts), but their getaway vehicle, a train, proves to be unstoppable in the worst possible way. An attempt at an existentialist thriller, Runaway Train has a palpable grit in the brutal action scenes, and Rebecca De Mornay provides good support as a railway worked inadvertently long for the ride. An action film with brains it’s a hard, gripping ride from start to finish.


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