The time is now and the year is 1997. We are a country at war and Manhattan has become a maximum-security prison, housing the worst and most violent of what society has to offer. Completely cut off, New York has been fenced in, all the bridges are mined and the waterways patrolled by helicopters with orders to shoot to kill. The only rule in New York is once you come in, you can never leave.
Giving proof that all perfect plans have a down side, a terrorist action has occurred on board Air Force One causing the President to jettison his way into the control of the self-proclaimed ruler of New York, The Duke.
Thinking he has his key to freedom, the Duke is unaware that there is a time limit on what he can do with the President. On his way to a summit, The President was carrying a cassette tape that is vital to trying to achieve world peace. It is a summit that will commence in 24 hours, after which the life of the most important man in America will be virtually worthless.
With time running short and no available options the man who runs the prison, Bob Hauk, makes a deal with the one man at his disposal who can get in and out of New York in time. That man is a former soldier turned criminal, Snake Plissken.
To make the movie more interesting and in order to keep Plissken honest, Hauk has planted a pair of explosive devices in Snake’s body. If not disabled in 22 hours, Plissken will be killed instantly.
So with the clock running for the world as well as himself, this unwilling hero must make his way through the most dangerous city in world, beat the odds and find a way to escape from New York. —DVDverdict.com
John Howard Carpenter (born January 16, 1948) is an American film director, screenwriter, producer, editor, composer, and occasional actor. Although Carpenter has worked in numerous film genres, his name is most commonly associated with horror and science fiction.
Carpenter was born in Carthage, New York, the son of Milton Jean (née Carter) and Howard Ralph Carpenter, a music professor. He and his family moved to Bowling Green, Kentucky in 1953. He was captivated by movies from an early age, particularly the westerns of Howard Hawks and John Ford, as well as 1950s low budget horror and science fiction films, such as Forbidden Planet and The Thing from Another World and began filming horror shorts on 8 mm film even before entering high school. He briefly attended Western Kentucky University where his father chaired the music department, but transferred to the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts in 1968 and graduated in 1971.
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Carpenter's vision of a New York run amok by anarchy is a bold, cinematic one. This is an intense, awesome film, and it's thrilling to watch. Carpenter's New York is like an expressionist nightmare, and Kurt Russell is like a film noir hero on steroids. It's gloriously absurd and beautiful.
In a near future world riddled with crime, Manhattan is transformed into a maximum security prison where murderers, rapists and thieves are shut off from the world and made to live alone. Soon after… read review
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