Ayden The NinjaPirateBear’s review published on Letterboxd:
Snake Plissken might just be my favourite action movie character of all time. Ok, maybe not, but he is definitely up there.
This movie is weird. I generally preach about character-building so that I'll care about the characters in a movie. The character of Snake Plissken doesn't really give us much. Sure, we know he's former military and now a felon. Other than that, we don't really know shit about him, but Kurt Russell just makes the character so undeniably bad ass and cool that it works anyway. It goes against any and all logic, but it works.
I do think the movie was helped by the world created though, that's for sure. This futuristic prison version of Manhattan was just the right amounts of cheesy, scary and interesting to reel me in. I also liked the acting of the cast. No complaints there.
The score (and from what I hear, all Carpenter scores are like this) was phenomenal and it helped give this world atmosphere and character. It was great.
The story is pretty basic really. Even for the time, the story is pretty run of the mill. But it's executed really well so it works. My only real complaint is that there are multiple instances where things happen out of convenience and aren't really explained at all.
I loved this movie, despite my complaints, but I don't think it's a classic in my eyes. Still awesome though!