Sebastian’s review published on Letterboxd:
"Are you gonna kill me, Snake?"
"Not now, I'm too tired... maybe later."
First off, Escape From New York has one of the best premises for an action movie ever. It's also got some of the weakest action.
That said, its ideas and influence are noticeable throughout modern action cinema, and it's not hard to see why.
The set design is top-notch, from the stark and cold science-fiction interiors to the now desecrated streets of Manhattan. The synth score is what you expect from a Carpenter film - it's brooding and badass in a way only Carpenter can pull off. But, where the film really shines most is in its atmosphere. Escape expertly paints a chilling picture of a dark and dystopian future as Kurt Russell's immeasurably badass Snake Plissken ("Call me Snake") explores barren streets, the only source of light a burning trashcan.
Ironically, considering the strength of its premise, the film's most fatal flaw is the overall weakness of its story. It often feels disjointed, and the ubiquitous wooden acting doesn't really help the viewer in feeling engaged.
If you're an action movie fan, Escape from New York will probably disappoint you.
If you're a Carpenter fan, you're in for a treat.