Axes the eerie, lingering feel of carpenters other films for very hyper and joyously ridiculous action-comedy with stellar set design. Kurt Russells doofus anti-leading-man works just as well as his Macready or snake performances; dudes got range!
- a masterpiece, and really difficult to discuss coherently, because it's such a purely visceral experience of a film that it evades any real attempts at conceptualizing its essence. when it clicks, its effect can be jaw dropping. artistic intent barely even feels present in terms of how it works and the power it achieves. it feels like it came together through some indifferent, happenstance swirl of elements, like the formation of a storm. it's a summer soaked and grit caked macabre fever dream that just so happens to be constituted by sound design, photography and editing.
this is everything i've ever wanted out of CGI visual worldbuilding. amazing setpieces. direction and pacing are elegant as fuck. absolute plastic-camp-space melodrama-adventure masterpiece. could watch this shit once a week for the rest of my life. legitimately might be in my top 10 movies ever. holy shit.