Escape from New York

Escape from New York ★★★★★

the great minimalist dystopia, a complete topographical representation of a time and space. carpenter literally lays out a map of new york in the beginning and then explores it from the top of the world trade towers down to the underground sewer people. favorite moment is when snake just picks up a garbage-covered chair out of the rubble to sit down, take a breath, and ponder his next move. you don't typically get something this self-assured and relaxed; carpenter doesn't have to prove himself to anyone. he creates a world and fully realizes it through framing, character, music, the whole nine yards. a film as nonconformist and austere as its own protagonist is.

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