Escape from New York

Escape from New York ★★★★

I guess Manhattan as a steaming, stinking garbage can for America's human refuse was a plausible near-future back when the city was on the skids; it's easy to look back and laugh now but isn't this still the future Republicans want? This film is far savvier politically than They Live; it's also meaner than Big Trouble (though not as funny) and cooler than both with its endless junk and neon and supporting cast of Mad Max-a-likes. Snake Plissken (a name that sounds like synth) glistens in his lycra vest, and hobos with buboes bow low before Barbeau's boobies.

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