Escape from New York
1997. New York City is now a maximum security prison. Breaking out is impossible. Breaking in is insane.
In 1997, the island of Mahattan has been walled off and turned into a giant maximum security prison within which the country's worst criminals are left to form their own anarchic society. However, when the President of the United States crash lands on the island, the authorities turn to a former soldier and current convict, Snake Plissken, to rescue him.
Oh Carpenter, how I love thee. Escape from New York is yet another one to add on the long list of classics the man churned out one after another during the 70's and 80's and into the early 90's. His catalogue is impressive and in general you are in good hands when watching one of his movies, for which this is no exception. Once again taking a very simple premise and basing the entire experience on a thick atmosphere, Escape is a riveting watch that draws you into its world, which is as expected fantastically designed and very effective, and never lets go. Shot mostly at night (no bullshit filters), it is a grim vision of a future New York…
I think, on the whole, that I would probably say that Escape From New York is one of my least favourite John Carpenter films - and yet here I am giving it 4/5.
It's not as if it really has any major problems or anything like that - it maybe just takes a bit too long to get started and possibly lacks excitement in several scenes, plus I wasn't as keen on this Kurt Russell performance as some of his others, especially in Carpenter films. Talk about getting the bad news out of the way first, though, because there are so many positives in this film.
The cast is tremendously classy for a start. Populating it with excellent veterans such…
Minus half a star because so much of the movie is so freaking dark; I can't make out what's happening half the time, and it's driven me nuts for 30 years. I am guessing we could also have a philosophical discussion about the wisdom of using the world's most valuable real estate as a prison.* But there's no point in fighting.
Because Snake fucking Plissken.
End of discussion.
*Although in Carpenter's defense, New York in the 1970's must have seemed rather irredeemable.
This is a very patient film. Nearly the entire first half of the movie is set up. There is minimal dialogue, and the words that are spoken are all part of defining the world that the movie is set in, and its rules. You can tell that a director with a horror background is behind the camera on this film. The framing / music / and general atmosphere looks / sounds / and feels very much in line with the tropes of a horror film.
This is really a showcase for Kurt Russell. He plays it straight through the entire film. His character, Snake Plissken, is a hard nose bad ass that doesn't take crap from anyone. he never even…
John Carpenter is my favorite director of all time. I'll pretty much eat up anything he serves me. But I... I just couldn't get invested in this one. There's your normal wonderful Carpenter slow pace, and then there's this, which is just directionless and, frankly, kind of boring. What little plot there is is stretched far too thin, the stakes never feel as high as they should be, and for God's sake has a cast this great ever been this underused?
But I think the real problem here is Snake Plissken. He's... not that badass you guys. It's all posturing, what with the eyepatch and the dumb growl and the whole "I though you were dead" thing. But…
If I could be any person from any time period, I would be John Carpenter from 1979 to 1984, which by no coincidence happen to be the years he was plowing that scorchin' babe Adrienne Barbeau.
Not really sure what to say, there's nothing much to comment on here, this is a pretty empty film. Despite it being entertaining, albeit lacking, nothing felt like it had impact, the exposition was rushed at the beginning to set up a large action environment that never really came into being anything but a fitting dilapidated setting.
Kurt Russell is awesome, of course, but it's not his best performance, that goes to Tombstone. (Spoiler in video). I had to post that as a hyperlink. Sorry. I digress, Harry Dean Stanton is just effortlessly likable as always as "Brain" and in my mind the best character here, and the cast is the film's strongest point.
Escape from New York is not Carpenter's best, but it's still a fun adventure that in no way outstays it's welcome by entertaining you with shoot outs and a great cast.
dark and gritty, an atmospheric shoot. 80s awesomeness with a synth score to boot
I played the Metal Gear Solid game series before actually realizing this movie existed, so I had already built up the character of Snake Plisskin as Solid Snake.
No boxes to hide under, like in the games...
But no problem!!
Het is een fantastisch plot. De toekomst van het verleden. Het is 1997. Manhattan is veranderd in een gevangenis, waar het grootste tuig hun dagen slijt. De gigantische muur zorgt dat niemand naar buiten kan. Maar dan crasht de president van Amerika er met zijn vliegtuig.
Snake Plissken (Kurt Russel) was een oorlogsheld, maar is sinds hij een bank overviel een gevaarlijk man. Toch ziet baas van de gevangenis Hauk (gespeeld door enorme baas Lee 'Angel Eyes' Van Cleef) in hem de perfecte man voor de bevrijdingsmissie. Als hij binnen 24 uur terug is met de president, is hij een vrij man, zo niet, sterft Plissken.
John Carpenter regisseerde Escape from New York. Uiteraard bekend van horrorfilms, maakte hij met…
Metal Gear Solid, starring Kurt Russell and directed by John Carpenter. That's really all I needed to know.
Carpenter definitely portrays the dystopian future well. I wholly believed that is what it would look like if you threw a bunch of criminals onto an island and cut them off from the rest of civilization.
Great 'bleak future' flick with Kurt Russell as one bad enough dude to save the president from a city full of crazies. Worth watching just for the 9-11 parallels, or Adrienne Barbeau at her scorching hottest. Best of all, it's a triumphant last hurrah for a generation of action stars: Lee Van Cleef, Donald Pleasence, Ernest Borgnine, and Harry Dean Stanton are among the supporting cast.
I didn't think I've seen this movie, but as I was watching I began to somewhat remember bits and parts. Good movie, glad I decided to watch it.