Well what have we here? What we have is a great Sunday afternoon (or evening) movie entertainment. The plot is a simple one...villains on a train versus the good guys on the same train.
A strong touch of `Narrow Margin' here and also think of Cannonball Run, Dukes of Hazzard and the
Beverly Hillbillies! Maybe also Tough Guys. It's that kind of film. Having said that, this kind of thing is what the Yanks do best...they have the cash, the resources and above all the room. This is not a thriller to be taken seriously....except perhaps for the dialogue...try to follow this closely...its pretty sharp in places...don't cut yourself! There are some great scenes to be had in this film (it was up for awards after all) especially the finale which is particularly spectacular and worth staying the course to see.
My only slight criticism is that the film is a tad long...begins to get a bit predicable in the last half hour ...could have been ten minutes shorter, and comic Richard Pryor should have made an earlier appearance to keep the humour rolling along. Bond movies actor Richard Kiel (he of the poor dental work) makes a creditable contribution also. This is an enjoyable film with not a mobile phone in sight...wonderful!. And made only thirty odd years ago ! Anyone who enjoyed this movie first time round will now be of a certain age and will enjoy the strong nostalgia element, which is afoot here! This is a well produced movie, I've seen it on a number of occasions and nowadays think how great it is, however briefly, to get back to the 70s !