The movie is interesting in how it presents the narrative of the story. The whole thing where the prisoners shoot down the presidents ship into the worst part of the prison is a really interesting way to motivate the story forward. It also is the main reason why the main character helps with driving the story itself forward. Overall, pretty decent movie, but takes a while to start up as the credits take a while.
I respect John Carpenter as a director, but this movie was poorly directed. It has the premise of a high octane action flick, but has the pacing and camerawork of a 50s noire, with next to no score to back it up. The camera is static throughout the whole movie, and there are no fast paced tracks in the score, making action scenes boring. I was looking forward to watching this, but once I did, I wanted to turn it off.
A classic. Looking back we may be tempted to lump this movie in with other retro-post apocalyptic-future films of the 80's, but Escape from New York set the tone of action for the 80's. Featuring one of the most memorable characters in movie history, Snake Plissken, this movie puts the badass in the American spirit. This Anti-hero flick depicts what every man would want to be if placed in that grimy setting.
(3.5 stars) Yeah... I do love me some Snake Plissken!!! This is such a fun "B-movie" with a great premise and great '80s action. Russell is frickin' awesome and the artistic vision of Carpenter is truly magnificent. Sure, there are a lot of moments that don't really hold up and seem a bit dated, some sloppiness here and there, but this movie is a KICKASS time! If you've never seen it... give it a go. It's time.
Refreshingly atmospheric, with a little blaxploitation and a lot of bad boy nihilism. Kurt Russell is not only dreamy-- he's a vessel for all the anti-establishment rage that simmered up in the eighties and surely again today. If you're into ominous synthesizer, it also has one of the best scores around.
The film Escape From New York, staring Kurt Russell, is a great film. The film follows an ex-war hero named Snake Plissken. Plissken must save the president from the dangers of the corrupted area of Manhattan, after his plane crashes there. The film is filled with action from start to finish with some comic relief mixed in along the way. The film was great, and to be that good of quality for it's time is impressive.
Escape From New York is a science fiction, action classic which holds up very well with age. John Carpenter expertly shows a “future” where every scene is full of details that makes this New York feel real and lived in. The world created by Carpenter and Nick Castle pulls you in with every reveal, leaving you wanting to learn more about the world and all the characters, especially Kurt Russell’s Snake Plissken.
Love Kurt Russell! Great movie with tons of dystopian action. loved the premise of an entire prison city, and loved how the movie was shot to accurately depict Manhattan at night with no power. Really memorable scenes, and great execution of different colors and backdrops to really bring out the feel of the crime ridden hell hole.
Mubi had a back-to-back duo of John Carpenter films: The Fog and Escape from New York. Watched them both on a plane - Mubi is one of those forward-thinking SVOD services that let's you save films offline for later viewing. Love the service, there's always something to watch.
It's a great premise and in general a lot of fun, though the second half falters a bit because there's no internal conflict, just feels like a bunch of running around after a certain point. But I love the music and all the performances, especially Donald Pleasance, who doesn't really have a whole lot to do but sure makes the most of it. Plus those chandeliers on the front of the Duke's car!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(Vu en DVD) Le charme du kitsch n'a pas opéré sur moi...J'adore de nombreux films de Carpenter mais celui-ci fait extrêmemt fauché (je n'ai rien contre les films à bas budget, loin de là, mais alors on ne se lance pas dans un film d'action au scénar digne d'un blockbuster), et l'ensemble a, m'a-t-il semblé, terriblement mal vieilli. Pour le coup, on est à des kms de films "malins" comme "The Thing" ou "Assault".
One of Carpenter's few overrated efforts. Escape from New York is bottom heavy, with an incredibly draggy middle section, that never accelerates in pace or fun, until it gets a bit better with The Duke fully introduced, so The Snake can fully kick ass. Yet, that's more than 70 minutes into its 98, making the bookends of this film better than the whole, and declaring this influential film sadly rather mediocre.
It's quite accomplishment to shoot a movie that fails to reach any tension, but still manages to be an investing experience. Major credits go to the ambition that made set designs of dystopian New York come to life - and stellar cast where everyone leaves their iconic signature, whether they're channeling weak bureaucrat or heroic outlaw. Sustained lightning and music score compensate as well with the right mood.
John Carpenter is the fucking master of "genre" cinema, even though I hate to categorize his films as such. Aesthetically on point, this film is filled with such energy and freshness. The soundtrack (composed by Carpenter) is just so dope and fitting for the tone of it. It is just too bad that the plot lacks of real suspense. Or maybe its just me. But Kurt Russell really got my money. He's the man. 3.5 stars.
Exciting 80s SF movie, influenced from Watergate scandal like many other films of that time (X-Files, All the Presidents Man, etc). This film, one phrase in it to be exact, partially influenced later cyberpunk author William Gibson in story Burning Chrome, which also coined term "cyberspace".