Michelle (Guyver Spawn)’s review published on Letterboxd:
Scavenger Hunt #76 (July 2021) 4/31
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Today is the 40th anniversary of Escape from New York and it was the perfect time to revisit it. Escape from New York is one of my top 10 favorite movies of all time because it has left a huge impact on me growing up. I first watched Escape from New York back in 1996 when they were airing it on TV to promote Escape from LA and I have loved it ever since. I consider Escape from New York to be one of the best action films of the 1980s in my opinion. Everything about this film is oozing with perfection. Sure, the story is dated with it being set in 1997 and the World Trade Center does play a major plot point in the story, but that's the charm of the film. It's always fun to look back on what people thought on what the future will look like.
Escape from New York has a perfect mix of suspenseful horror and testosterone-fueled 80s action. I love how John Carpenter is able to make New York City feel like a dangerous and scary wasteland that is run by criminals. Every part of New York City feels like a war zone and Snake Plissken (played by Kurt Russell) is a soldier that is drop in the middle of an ongoing war. You can feel the danger that Snake Plissken is going through when he is on his mission to save the President of the United States. He only has 22 hours to live, and he hardly has character shields like most 80s action movie heroes do. Snake Plissken is my favorite movie character ever because he is a total badass. Snake Plissken is my favorite movie character ever because he is a total badass. He has a cool and edgy personality, who is forced to save the world because he has to and not because he wants to. He is also a simple character done right. No long origin story or anything complex to his character. Keeping things nice and simple can be a good thing if it is done right.
The special effects are fantastic and I love the miniatures of New York City that they created. 40 years later and they still look lovely. The rest of the characters are memorable and awesome in my opinion. Isaac Hayes as The Duke is one of the coolest movie villains of the 1980s. The music from both John Carpenter and Alan Howarth is perfect because I love how it fits perfectly with the tone of the story. The main theme for Escape from New York is also memorable and I can listen to it for 24 hours without being bored. I don't have anything new to say about Escape from New York other than it's a great movie.
If you haven't seen this movie yet, you should get on that ASAP. Rating: 10/10