Escape From New York
Kurt Russell (Stargate) stars in a high-velocity sci-fi action-thriller from director John Carpenter (co-written by Nick Castle) that sets the screen ablaze with heart-stopping suspense, outrageous stunts and imaginative special effects.
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Extremely dark '80s sci-fi classic is too intense for kids.
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Rotten: viewing the film today is akin to having one's sense of youthful nostalgia violated. ...the terrible dialogue, patchy pacing and silly costumes, so easily overlooked during one's wild-eyed teen years, now seem so much more obvious and distracting.
- Anton Bitel, Eye for Film, Thursday, June 24, 2010
Rotten: It's a rare film that has so many ideas and yet fails so consistently to make use of them.
- Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader, Tuesday, June 5, 2007
Fresh: Boasting one of the most iconic characters ever in Plissken, and an effective sci-fi set-up, this is entertainment of the highest order.
- Ian Freer, Empire Magazine, Thursday, June 24, 2010
Thumbs down for this. This movie has not stood the test of time. I was not entertained. Just not good.
- TheGame90, Monday, February 28, 2011
This movie does not exactly shine with great dilagogues or deep characters, but is still one of the true action classics of the 80s. Starting out with one of the coolest ideas ever (Manhattan turned into one big prison and Air Force One crashing into it) and carried by Carpenters eerie score, its gloomy atmosphere makes for a very exciting and distopian ride. Kurt Russel is the king of cool in this. Enthralling, dark and with a nice end twist.
- ironclad1609, Monday, July 25, 2011
You were right. Given half a chance and all that high fallutin' filth in the cities will show itself for the criminal scum you knew it always was ... and that eerily is the fantasy appealed to here in Carpenter's Reagan era escapist cult classic. Russell essentially spoofs Eastwood's iconic stranger, the anti-lawman, and Plesance is good as the President.
- ApeneckFletcher, Monday, October 10, 2011