“You go in, find the president in less than 24 hours, and you’re a free man.”
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
Response to Peary’s Review:
and none of the supporting actors are particularly impressive or memorable.
While Carpenter and his team make good use of a low budget to convincingly portray a decaying, blight-filled Manhattan, the city is ultimately more of a backdrop than a true “character” in the story. Plus, as Peary points out, “surely the bridges would have been destroyed by the government if Carpenter didn’t want to utilize one… in his escape plot” — it’s impossible to believe that a maximum security prison island would maintain such overt links to the outside world, albeit heavily mined ones. As a longtime cult favorite, Escape From New York deserves at least a look, but ultimately it’s a disappointment; most of its entertainment value these days stems from its over-the-top scenarios and dialogue (“I heard you were dead!”).
Redeeming Qualities and Moments: