Saturday, January 16, 2016

Escape from New York (1981)

An American action film directed by John Carpenter, starring Kurt Russell, Lee Van Cleef, Ernest Borgnine, Donald Pleasence, Isaac Hayes and Harry Dean Stanton.
In the dystopian future (of 1997) New York City has become a walled prison. The president's jet is hijacked and crash landed there. The military police call in a dangerous criminal to rescue the president.
This was pretty cheesy and stereotypical, but not enough to be funny. Some technology jokes include "down view" from the helicopter and one hell of a cell phone. The plot and characters were communicated relatively clearly, but were so stereotypical that I knew everything they were going to do before it happened. Pacing was average/mediocre and the video style was very dark. If you like The Running Man and Rambo, you'll like this. I rate it o.k.

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