Andy Summers’s review published on Letterboxd:
Did you know they're remaking this? Are they fucking mad or what? How on earth could you improve on John Carpenter's science fiction classic?
Stanley Kubrick went thirty years into the future with "2001". Groundbreaking, frightening and incomprehensible it nevertheless set the benchmark for futuristic movies. Carpenter's originally only went seven years into the future when he created an America that had sealed off Manhattan and turned it into a maximum security prison. Moving on another nine years to 1997 this sees the island in all it's inhospitable glory as the crazies have turned it into a living nightmare. It's a dystopian, futuristic, paranoia filled classic. With some stunning visuals and an imagination gone wild, it may have some iffy special effects, but for 1981 it was magical.
When the President's plane goes down inside the prison a soon to be inmate is offered the chance to save himself. "Snake Plisskin" a former soldier is tasked with infiltrating the prison and rescuing the President. Time constraints mean he is on his own and set against a crazed environment full of nutters some consider it a suicide mission. It's surreal, Carpenter has built a remarkable vision of a society bereft of any compassion or hope. No laws, no reason, no humanity. Tension filled and featuring a never better Kurt Russell as one of the coolest bad-asses ever to appear on screen, he's an iconic character in surely one of the best post-apocalyptic films ever. Supported by the likes of Harry Dean Stanton, Lee Van Cleef, Isaac Hayes and the seriously sexy Adrienne Barbeau, this is a must see for any fan of Carpenter or science fiction films in general.