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Escape From New York

by

Roger Davidson

Escape From New York
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One of the many well-known cult items of Science Fiction and I fail to see what all the excitement is about. Kurt Russell portrays Snake Plissken, a one-eyed, unshaven anti-hero. He's an ex-mercenary, who is sent into Manhattan (circa 1997!) to save the president (Donald Pleasance). The problem is that Manhattan has become a maximum security prison, controlled by vicious street gangs. But don't think that will stop old Snake!

Patterned after the old Spaghetti westerns, this one attempts to recapture the awesome grandeur of Clint Eastwood movies. All it captures however is filth and violence. It's a shame to see such a great cast (Harry Dean Stanton, Adrienne Barbeau, Ernest Borgnine) wasted in this vile, nasty piece of cinema. Pleasance is fatally miscast as the President of the United States. He's just not convincing, and seems silly when he tries to convince. The only saving grace is Russell, who offers an amazing change of pace from the mundane Disney comedies he was known for at the time. Other than that, you can't get much enjoyment out of this. Even the action scenes seem useless as an excitement generator. If you want to view a better movie, look somewhere else.

My Rating = Two Stars


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