“God, don't kill them, let me do it,” intones John P Ryan's sadistic prison warden in this wildly over-the-top and brilliantly constructed thriller from 1985. Jon Voight is frankly demented as lifer Oscar Manheim who escapes a maximum-security prison with Eric Roberts's dim Buck.
“We make a hell of a team, don't we?” maintains Buck. They don't. And to make matters worse the mismatched duo are stuck on a driverless train pelting through the Alaskan wilderness. Relentless, intense and intelligent film-making.