It comes as a mash-up that works better with individual parts rather than the entire whole. As a movie, it comes little too schizophrenic for bigger audience, which is probably the reason for its commercial failure. But, the pieces that were so outwardly crazy and daringly deranged, earned it a cult status - and a must-see example of big budget cinema meets exploitation film-making.
"'China's here'? I don't know what that means," Kurt Russell says. Maybe it means that Eastern and Western action movies are starting to merge—the next 30 years hardly proved that wrong. This is Carpenter at his goofiest, well worth it for the bonkers narrative style and the way it captures the innocence of comic books: an insane premise, silly asides, and the sense that it only ended because you hit the last page.