Escape from New York

Escape from New York ★★★½

Afterthoughts: Not sure who’s more badass, Kurt Russell as Snake Plissken or John Carpenter for his incredible music!

Could listen to that title music on a loop all day.

All the best post-apocalyptic films take care to be somewhat ambiguous about the scourged worlds they depict. I always find the less we know, the better, even if the reason behind such decisions are more often than not for budgetary reasons.

Mad Max; Dawn of the Dead; Stalker; Escape from New York. Hold your cards close to your chest, and let your audience fill in the blanks for you.

I’m surprised and a little underwhelmed by the fact Carpenter’s film had less action sequences than I’d anticipated, but I really dug the Warriors-esque atmosphere and sparseness of the city streets, and the simplicity of its A-B style narrative.

I’m a little unsure as to whether Kurt Russell’s best Clint Eastwood vocal impression sounds a bit phoney and forced, but Russell’s physicality and brilliant costume (all the character really needs) is convincing enough to make him a genuinely cool protagonist.

Interested to see how Escape from L.A. turns out, and it’s refreshing to find a John Carpenter film that isn’t Halloween that I really liked and connected with instantly - it’s been a while!

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