Based on a script by Akira Kurosawa and directed by Andrei Konchalovsky, this is a raw, wild thriller with a lot of class. Jon Voight and Eric Roberts are escaped convicts, both dangerous men, who leap on a train consisting of four linked locomotives. Freedom — until the driver collapses and dies. The two men can’t stop the train; neither can the only other person aboard, railway employee Rebecca De Mornay. As they hurtle along at increasing speed, subplots develop — railway dispatchers squabble over how the tracks ahead can be cleared to avoid a fatal crash and the prison warden in a helicopter is hot on their trail, determined to kill the escapees. Boundless tension, very strong performances and an emotionally powerful ending.
The true story of a neurologist who managed to rouse coma patients after decades in stasis. Robin Williams plays doctor to Robert De Niro and if the film is a bit too Hollywood (Dr Oliver Sacks was, in fact, British) it doesn’t make the events any less remarkable.
This fact-based biopic is blessed with an unbelievable storyline and a powerhouse performance from Tom Hardy. Bronson is the nom de guerre of Michael Peterson, who named himself after the Deathwish actor and sentenced himself to a life behind bars. It’s a gripping portrayal that got Hardy noticed not only in Hollywood but also in Australia, where he walked into the lead role in the Mad Max: Fury Road (in cinemas now).