released in 1981,escape from new york is a film with huge ideas and maybe not the budget to match those,a remake is being made,vast sums of money will be put into that,but can the atmosphere of this be recreated,somehow i doubt it.
Like i said,this isnt a vast budget,7 million dollars to be precise,but what an idea,the island of manhattan in new york is now a place where all the criminals serve their time,an utopia of sorts.The place is wall to wall with vermin so when the president crashes into the island,it doesnt look good for him.
So step up snake,played with menace by kurt russell,an anti-hero if ever there was one.A man that is being sent to the island to serve time,he is also an ex soldier,a man with a past,that everyone seems to know,he is offered a pardon if he gets the president in 23 hours,fail that and he dies,simple as that really.
The film is nervy and packed with tip top action,a good support cast doesnt hurt either,lee van cleef plays a warden of sorts with bad attitude,donald pleasance plays the president with an english accent,odd! and isaac hayes,yes,hayes of south park chef fame and soul legend plays the duke,the villain of all villains,he has a limo on the island with chandeleers as lights,class touch.
The film is dark and funny in places too and few in this film can be deemed as good,bleak in places but top notch entertainment.