Escape from New York
Science Fiction • R • 1981 • 1 hr 39 min
A relic of schlocky dystopia. A blend of western swagger & punk rebellion that never takes itself too seriously. More fun than it should be
Good dystopia visuals. Better than the sequel
John Carpenter's stark classic of a lone anti-hero's trek thru futuristic New York controlled under a prison system...9/10Intriguing & Dark.
A dark atmospheric post-apocalyptic wasteland brought to life by the vision of Carpenter and the talented cast
Iconic action film, clearly low budget, but that adds to the fun
Russell is legendary as Snake in this simple concept thriller that puts the focus on pure escapism entertainment. One of Carpenter’s best.
Maybe one of the most batshit insane premises I’ve ever seen- Russell is great and Carpenter is at the top of his game.
A Kurt Russell film. Never going to win an Oscar, but always entertaining.
One of John Carpenters best. Great synth score and the perfect 80’s action movie. Severely underrated and plus it inspired MGS? A must watch
Perfectly servicable action movie. Not much to say either way.
In the future, crime is out of control and New York City's Manhattan is a maximum security prison. Grabbing a bargaining chip right out of the air, convicts bring down the President's plane in bad old Gotham. Gruff Snake Plissken, a one-eyed lone warrior new to prison life, is coerced into bringing the President, and his cargo, out of this land of undesirables.
This time, a cataclysmic temblor hits Los Angeles, turning it into an island. The president views the quake as a sign from above, expels Los Angeles from the country and makes it a penal colony for those found guilty of moral crimes. When his daughter, part of a resistance movement, steals the control unit for a doomsday weapon, Snake again gets tapped to save the day.