I am relying on a memory of the original cinema release in the UK to do this review. This means that I am not pretending to remember what happens in any detail, but it has always stuck with me. At the time I was a similar age to these 'kids'. Punk was well over in the UK by the early 80s and they all looked dated to me at the time, let alone for 2 years in the future!
I read a review at the time that pointed out that most of these 'kids' would not see their 25th birthday again and that the fantastical element of the complete lack of ability on behalf of the 'authorities' to do anything about the extraordinary level and range of criminal activity meant that there was no way that this film could be given any credibility whatsoever.
I concur with this view wholeheartedly (and did at the time).
To compare it to The Warriors is an insult to everyone involved in that film.
Those who love it seem to love the violence first, and then, somewhat puzzinglingly, a few love its prophetic vision. This is a bit bizarre as clearly aspects of this kind of behaviour may happen, but not with the level of organisation, frequency and sophistication that is portrayed here. Teenagers just do not have the ability to organise their crime so effectively. That the leader is a 'genius' and a psychopath and from a materially privileged background is just not credible at all.
If it is going to be watched by anyone with any critical faculties whatsoever it has to be seen as in an exploitation genre, and preferably ironically. Maybe it could be argued 'it's so bad it's good', but I would not pay more than £2 for a dvd!