bree1981’s review published on Letterboxd:
Snake Plissken has to be one of the coolest, mutherfuckers ever to grace the screen, a bad-ass anti-hero with a don't give a fuck attitude, he doesn't say much and when he does speak it is in a low growl. This is the performance that turned Kurt Russell into one of the premier 80's action movie stars.
This was the first movie shown in a John Carpenter/Kurt Russell triple bill at the Dundead cult film festival and for whatever reason this was my first time seeing the movie. It looks terrific on the big screen, the print was crisp and clear and although the film is dated you have to keep in mind that it was a low budget B-movie so just roll with it and there a huge amount of fun to be had here. The plot is a fairly simple one with Snake tasked with finding the President after his plane crashes on Manhattan Island, which in the year of 1997 is now a high security prison populated by the dangerous and the insane, with sleaze around every corner.
Carpenter fills the film with a talented and random supporting cast including the likes of legendary western villain Lee Van Cleef, singer Issac Hayes, Ernest Borgnine, Harry Dean Stanton, as well as Carpenter regulars Adrienne Barbeau and Donald Pleasence to create one of the outstanding B-movies of the 80's.