Runaway Train is a sensational picture. 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.
An exercise in relentless, severe tension, tale begins with a prison drama, then never lets up as it follows two escaped cons as they become inadvertent passengers on some diesel units that run out of control through the Alaskan wilderness.
The two desperate men who find themselves joined by a young lady, are tracked throughout their headlong journey by railroad officials bent on avoiding a crash.
Jon Voight brilliantly portrays a two-time loser determined never to return to prison after his third breakout.
Pic is based upon [an unfilmed] screenplay by Akira Kurosawa, and bears imprint of the renowned Japanese director.
Younger con Eric Roberts impressively manages to hold his own under the demanding circumstances, and Rebecca DeMornay works herself well into the essentially all-male surroundings.
1985: Nominations: Best Actor (Jon Voight), Supp. Actor (Eric Roberts), Editing