Escape from New York

Escape from New York ★★★

1981 | John Carpenter | Kurt Russell | Lee Van Cleef | Harry Dean Stanton | Donald Pleasence

"Escape from New York" was the biggest and most famous film from the legendary director John Carpenter that I hadn’t seen before and I have to say that I am a little bit disappointed. Disappointed may not be the right word, because even though I was expecting a great film, I wasn't particularly hyped.

I like the version of the future that is drawn here very much and I really like the setting in prison-turned-Manhattan. The set design is really great and the night city look is is too. The cinematography is also really great, the effects all look good and the score is really great, as is typical for Carpenter. Because of the setting in New York and the violent gangs, the film reminded me of Walter Hill's "The Warriors" every now and then. I like the level of violence and the rough coolness of the story, the setting and the characters, but the much-praised atmosphere of the film didn’t really arise. In addition, the film was never really thrilling or exciting for me and I didn’t really find access and I just wasn't it it.

Of course the cast is absolutely outstanding with acting giants like Kurt Russell, western legend Lee Van Cleef, Ernest Borgnine, Donald Pleasence and also Isaac Hayes and the performances are really great throughout and Carpenter's direction is also great.

In the end all I can say is that "Escape from New York" is one of Carpenter's weaker films in my opinion.

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