Escape from New York Reviews
It's better to watch this than the sequel "Escape from L.A" (1997).
Not even mentioned until now, Kurt Russel starts here, from a supposed B movie, to show all of his skill. Awesome.
If it is not made by John Carpenter, I don't think I will be interested in watching this actioner. I like the setup. 1997 New York (this movie was made in 1981) is now an isolated island where all the hardened criminals are left to fend for themselves. The President crash lands accidentally in it and needs an outlaw Snake, played by Kurt Russell, to rescue him.
For an actioner, the plot and the action are not that great but somehow things fall into places quite nicely. I expected something more to the cheesy side.
Being John Carpenter, there are a couple of 'decently' gory scenes. The soundtrack is very 'John Carpenter' too. The church organ music makes it feel like I am watching a horror movie.
I watch this out of curiosity and I don't expect myself to like it. But for its cultish feel, I have to admit this is a rather good movie. Can even be considered as an actioner classic.