Escape from New York

Escape from New York ★★★★

I thought you were dead.

John Carpenter could really do no wrong in the 70's and 80's and Escape from New York is another great film in a series of them. It's one of his collaborations with Kurt Russell who plays Snake Plissken. Russell is awesome as Snake and he really makes him into a legendary cult character. The story has him attempting to rescue the President from New York, which has become a dystopian prison.

The film is filled with all sorts of fun characters and I love the setting. They do an awesome job of making the city seem like a wasteland run by prisoners and it feels like New York even though they filmed in East St. Louis. Naturally Carpenter's score is excellent as is Dean Cundey's cinematography and it all combines to give the film a sense of place that I really like. I'm actually cool with the idea of a remake because the premise is so good and I trust Leigh Whannell to do it justice. Definitely check out this one first though.

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