Michael's Cinema Paradiso’s review published on Letterboxd:
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!