Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Escape From New York

Escape From New York
[DVD Escape]

One of my all-time favorite stylistic scifi films. John Carpenter brings us a gritty, action-filled storyline with a tight countdown to disaster. In a near-future dystopian United States, Kurt Russell is purely iconic as Snake Plissken, the ultimate tough guy, blackmailed and forced to go onto the island of Manhattan, which as been walled off and turned into a penal colony for the country's worst criminals. His mission: rescue the President of the United States, whose plane has gone down somewhere on the island. Filled with colorful characters, impressive set pieces, and an unforgettable and driving minimalist score, Escape From New York is the ultimate guilty pleasure film. Russell's performance is the best thing in the film, but there are some other great character actors chewing the scenary, including Lee Van Cleef, Donald Pleasance, Adrienne Barbeau, Isaac Hayes and Harry Dean Stanton. Followed by the much inferior sequel Escape From L.A. many years later. -- recommended by Scott C. - Bennett Martin Public Library -- recommended by Scott C. - Bennett Martin Public Library [Subscribe to Scott's monthly booklist newsletter It's All Geek to Me! - on the Books, Movies & More newsletter sign-up page]

[ Internet Movie Database entry for this film ] | [ official John Carpenter's Escape From New York web site ]

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