DVD & Blu-ray review: Runaway Train (15)

Andrei Konchalovsky Blu-ray (109mins)

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The Independent Culture

“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.