Theodore Bond’s review published on Letterboxd:
Escape From New York takes place in the far off year of 1997 when America has been torn by war and New York now has a wall built around it to make it the countries top maximum security prison. So naturally when the Presidents place goes down inside the city with a briefcase that contains a cassette tape that has some very vital information you know you have to do something desperate. Enter Snake Plissken a recently captured criminal that Lee Van Cleef, a man who knows a thing or two about being a bad guy, sends Plissken into New York to save the President and if Plissken doesn't want to do it well that's just to bad for him because if he doesn't do it in 24 hours then hes going to die himself because he has been implanted with a bomb.
Everything about this movie screams classic. Kurt Russell give the performance of his lifetime as Snake Plissken a role that he will own forever no matter who they get to take up the mantel in the inevitable remake.
Carpenter is also in his prime during the making of this movie with other classics like Halloween, The Fog, The Thing and Big Trouble in Little China all being made around the same time. With Escape From New York hes knocks it out of the park again.
With others like Lee Van Cleef, Donald Pleasence, Issac Hayes, Ernest Borgnine, Adrienne Barbeau and Harry Dean Stanton all putting in great performances to make this movie one of the greatest action movies of all time.
Escape From New York is just about as good as it gets and for someone to not like this movie would probably blow my mind. I give it a 9 out of 10.