Even taking into account that John Carpenter would go on to successfully sue Luc Besson (for plagiarising both ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK and strands pulled from a late 90 abandoned screenplay for the intended third film, ESCAPE FROM EARTH) over this movie it is still very much fun in its massively derivative form.
Woeful first act PS2 level CGI and chase sequence aside - it's a throwaway b-movie that knows it's a throwaway b-movie and just delights in being the most relentlessly fun version of that without any higher aspiration.
Every perfectly etched one-liner, every supporting player, every high octane set-piece... they're firing on all cylinders!
It's big, broad, bombastic, absolutely ripping-off-that-aforementioned-movie fun... that realistically should've made a massive action star out of Guy Pearce.
Because he revitalised the hell out of that conventional action hero role here.