Escape from New York

Escape from New York

A film of pure American expressionism, Carpenter creating a hellish, nihilistic world of both shadow and filth, every inch of the frame perfectly utilised to fully immerse us within a now alien Earth. The film's middle section (which also happens to be it's best) mostly plays like a mood-piece, our silent protagonist navigating Carpenter's urban dystopia like a mythic observer, humanity now transformed into nothing more than abstract masses of shadow and darkness (this is touted as an action film but I found it mostly terrifying). It might be the best thing Carpenter has made in terms of pure filmmaking, although a part of me wishes that the final act was more mood and less action (as fantastic as that action is). Also Cundey is G O D.

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