movie review

RUNAWAY TRAIN (1985)

RUNAWAY TRAIN (1985)

Directed By Andrei Konchalovsky

Starring Jon Voight, Eric Roberts, and Rebecca De Mornay

Streamed this on Prime

Transfer is legit good!

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This is a straight up underrated ripping classic.  If you haven’t seen it, well than you need to watch it tonight! One of my favorite films of all time, I’ve probably seen it almost ten times in my life. It’s the best Cannon Group Film in my opinion. There really is nothing like it for that time period. I found myself having to re-watch it again today because I was talking to Devon, and Matt about it, and Matt has never seen it (or even heard of it for that matter). Don’t worry, we’re  trying to change that.  Jon Voight is terrific in this, every single line that comes out of his mouth is as hard and cold as steel. He’s very believable playing a career criminal who is also a hero to all of the other inmates in the prison that he escapes from.  This is Voight’s role of a lifetime here, he has nailed it completely.  You really don’t like his character as a person, but you find yourself routing for him all through out the movie. A very young Eric Robert also stars in this, and plays Voight’s annoying sidekick.  If you love movies like I do then you probably look at Roberts as a annoying D grade hack actor. Well, for this film he is amazing in it, and they definitely could NOT have chosen a better partner to play the part of Buck.  

The story is awesome, with some violence and brutality that is cringe worthy when you watch it happen. This film is based on a screen play written by Akira Kurosawa.

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The only negative thing I can say about this film is the music straight up sucks. At times it sounds like Seinfield meets Knightrider, but even that can’t destroy the movie. I think it holds up just as good now as it did when I saw it for the first time on VHS in around 1986.  I recall renting it with my buddy/bandmate Kenny Donovan. We were hooked and rented it a few other times before I moved back East.  

Do NOT sleep on this, you’ll be shocked at how fun this film is.  I’d rate This as an 8.  (NW)

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Nate Wilson: NW  Devon Cahill: DC  Matt Average: MA

 

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