Escape from New York

Escape from New York ★★★★

“The name's Plissken”

Arguably one of the coolest films I know, everything in Escape From New York reeks of that aura. The slick dystopian street-settings with set design in every corner, the neon lights as bright sparks in the dark, the pumping rhythms of John Carpenter's synths, the extravagant clothing of every wacky character and obviously Kurt Russell moving with swagger in every step. With all this said, this dystopia still carries enough grit to showcase the misery and there’s certainly room to question the prison system and the community built up, but the subtext is just enough to still let this be a thrilling ride.

Sure, Escape From New York takes almost a third of its runtime to get going and with such a cool protagonist, there's not much room for emotional investment here. But that hour spent in post-apocalyptic New York with Snake Plissken is one of the most stylish, entertaining and awesome experiences I know of and I love it dearly.

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