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?
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.
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.
So stylish, so entertaining, so well-done. Why can't action movies take their time to create atmosphere like this? Check out my podcast about this and Escape from L.A. here: https://filmcapsule.wordpress.com/2011/06/22/film-capsule-podcast-2-escape-from-new-york-and-escape-from-l-a/.