Absolutely glorious. When a horror director films a dystopian action film, its clear what aspects carry over. The effect of focusing on the dead changes what it means to be an action film. Every director should take notes on this film. From the music to the cinematography, Everything excides expectations.
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.
This film left an indelible mark on me. Years later I can appreciate this film for what it truly is: a western. Carpenter mentions this in interviews about the film. This film's protagonist: a anti-hero who seems asexual is very comfortable in causing chaos is still my favorite Kurt Russell performance; Harry Dean Stanton and Issac Hayes shine too. The film is one of Carpenter's most creative and simple. Get popcorn!
The greatest thing about this movie is its production design, I'm a little disappointed in the plot, despite the badass snake the motives of some characters are very forced, lacks classical now. I stand with empty streets of new york and chaos in 1997's dystopia.
"Desire" list: Kurt Russell. The one that was during some of the big Carpenter films - never saw "Elvis" - his "hero" par excellence: rude, direct, with no forced psychologies and a sense of relentless action without sorrow or macula, heir of the classic western hero. Man turned into omega male, a symbol with a proper humanity, enough to give him meaning and dignity.
I love John Carpenter, The Thing is one of my all time favorite, but this one, idk, this one feels like you're having sex with your girl, after a few fucks and that kamasutra position, suddenly that girl leaves you with you having a 'hard-on' The sex is pretty good, but where the fuck is the climax?
What puts this one over for is Carpenter fully committing to creating the crazy atmosphere - it lets work as both a semi-campy genre exercise and just a flat-out solid action movie. Perhaps my favorite Carpenter, at least to this point.