Escape from New York

Escape from New York ★★★½

"The survival of the human race, Plissken. Something you don't give a shit about."

This one's a trip.

Escape from New York is SUCH an 80s film that I'm surprised it came out at the beginning of the decade. I can definitely see how it laid down the foundation for many action films to come.

This proto-action blockbuster also mostly holds up more than 35 years later. Watching Kurt Russell's Snake Plissken (side note: how can anyone resist pronouncing his last name as "PLI-SSSSSS-KEHN") kick ass is something that I doubt will ever get old.

The plot is almost too simple and while it may be more than tad ridiculous, it's a recipe for great fun. Director John Carpenter's command over atmosphere and expert use of shadows as well as what we can't see make the enterprise thoroughly immersive.

Escape is a briskly paced action junkie fantasy that, despite it's flaws, still delivers a surprisingly good time.

P.S. How the hell did Cabbie end up there? The only explanation that I can think of is that being too nice is actually a crime in alternate universe 1997.

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