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Russian director Andrei Konchalovsky's second American film may well be the only existential adventure flick in Hollywood history. Two prisoners, Manny (Jon Voight) and Buck (Eric Roberts), escape from a desolate Alaskan maximum-security facility. They hop aboard a speeding train, making a clean escape. But the engineer has suffered a heart attack, and the train goes out of control. To prevent a disastrous head-on collision, the railroad heads decide to derail the runaway train, killing its occupants to save the lives of hundreds of others. Once Manny catches on to what's happening, he… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Runaway Train belongs to a rare genre: the intelligent thriller."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"A gripping action thriller that's also extremely well acted by Jon Voight and Eric Roberts in Oscar-nominated performances."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"You'll be on the edge of your seat....until it stops"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"O vilão é caricato demais, mas Eric Roberts e Jon Voight têm boas atuações. Alguns momentos são eletrizantes, mas outros, apenas bobos."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"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."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Runaway Train is a reminder that the great adventures are great because they happen to people we care about."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"While RUNAWAY TRAIN does balance action and philosophy quite neatly it's still intriguing to wonder how differently Kurosawa would have handled it"
‑ Shane Burridge,
"Gets derailed by a mediocre screenplay."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Dominated by a massive performance from Voight, this is a cracking action movie that stays on track to the end of the line, en route turning its monstrous protagonist into a brutal anti-hero."
‑ , Film4
"The nihilism and the vicious intensity of Mr. Voight's performance here are entirely different from anything else he has done on screen; it's a shame those qualities emerge in such a vigorous but disjointed film."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"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."
‑ Matt McAllister, Future Movies UK
"Highly unusual drama with single premise: survive the runaway train. A metaphor for us all."
‑ Steve Crum,
"A real horror: heavy-handed, stupidly gruesome, as claustrophobic as its train cars and prison cells."
‑ Jake Euker, F5 (Wichita, KS)
"A great, suspenseful film from director Andrei Konchalovsky before he went Hollywood and on to junk like Tango and Cash."
‑ Blake Davis, KFOR Channel 4 News
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