Runaway Train on CanalSat (Cine+ Stars)
My rating: 7 of 10 stars
Two escaped convicts and a female railway worker find themselves trapped on a train with no brakes and nobody driving.
Bodil found this one in the TV-Magazine last evening. I had almost set my sights on a old John Wayne western from ‘49 but this one looked quite interesting so we went for it instead.
The description could mean anything and it could be a good movie or it could be another run-of-the-mill B-movie from Hollywood. As it turned out, it is a quite good movie. It is certainly not just “another” disaster movie. Actually, it’s surprising that this movie is not more known but I guess it comes from the collapse of Golon-Globus productions and the fact that they where not really known for making quality movies in the first place.
It is based on a screenplay by Akira Kurosawa which of course is a good start. The movie is called Runaway Train and it sure is centered around a runaway train but at the same time, the actual train is more of a backdrop for the movie. The true story is about the two criminals and their destiny. As can be expected the movie is somewhat tragic. It is a very “Japanese” story.
Jon Voight is making an excellent performance. The stupidity of his colleague convict can be a bit tiring but then he is undeniably playing that part well. If there’s one criticism I could make it’s perhaps that people are playing their roles well, or at least okay, but the script is making them rather stupid. The behavior of some of the railway workers border on criminal negligence/stupidity of instance.
Anyway, a pleasant surprise and a very enjoyable one hour and fifty minutes.