Escape from New York (1981) - Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

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In 1997, when the U.S. president crashes into Manhattan, now a giant maximum security prison, a convicted bank robber is sent in to rescue him.

IMDB: 7.2
Director: John Carpenter
Stars: Kurt Russell, Lee Van Cleef
Length: 99 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 27 out of 314 found boring (8.59%)

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So I watched Escape From New York again, and sorry dear fans but this is a really boring movie.

The look of this movie is AMAZING thanks to the great DEAN CUNDY who worked with Carpenter alot & here cundy gives the film a dark,menacing shadow filled gloomy look & when you get light it's often some glowing Neon light & it really shines & stands out it's really stunning!!.

Eerie evocative, yet slick and psychedelic, sometimes even suspenseful.

Oh, well, the story is still very interesting, so if you can overlook things it's still an enjoyable 99 minutes.

And Isaac Hayes makes for a dull villain.

"Escape from New York" is, simply put, as entertaining as it gets, and an absolute must-see for all fans of cult-cinema, sci-fi and hard-boiled action.

I wanted to love the movie as much as I did Snake, but instead I found it to be kind of a slow chase movie populated with people less interesting than the protagonist, and he himself has virtually no character development or background information.

Escape from New York is the perfect kind of a big budget b-movie: atmospheric, thrilling, and Snake Plissken .

i was sitting on the edge of my seat because it was so exciting and the ending is a classic in my eyes.

Very entertaining B-movie with sturdy performance from Russell, great atmosphere by director John Carpenter and great matte photography by pre-Terminator director James Cameron.

The movie is gripping and Snake Plissken is one of the few truly interesting action movie characters.

It does get a little slow in parts.

Snake's struggle over the Security wall the first time you see Escape From New York will have you on the edge of your seat.

It's got an intriguing plot, the opening shots showing the city skyline off in the distance are very impressive, and the special effects as a whole surpass the film's relatively small budget.

Grungy, Dated But Entertaining .

The neon green wireframe models do an excellent job of expressing the scale of this widespread, near-empty wasteland from all angles.

It is very creative, cool, and engaging.

Anyway-I was reading some IMDb reviews of this and there was an imdbuser who said this didn't seem like an action flick, it was boring.

The story itself is pretty slight, however the performances, soundtrack, and general early 80's cult ambiance, make it worth watching, and altogether it has dated very well.

A highly entertaining sci-fi action thriller, though a bit dated.

Completely entertaining with a high-concept too boot.

In spite of all this it's a damn good exciting flick.

That film grabbed me, and forced me on the edge of my seat.

It's just too boring.

And though the action sequences don't seem as spectacular as they no doubt did back in 1981, they still pack a suspenseful charge today, aided by Carpenter's clear vision.

An instant underground classic, ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK was a stylish and exciting futuristic action drama centered on a prisoner named Snake Plisken (Kurt Russell) who has been assigned to rescue the kidnapped President of the United States on a very tight timetable.

is a waste of time but it still enjoyable to some extent cause Snake is still played by Kurt Russell and I highly doubt how the remake gonna bring the same feeling when the director set to direct is Robert Rodriguez a guy who quite lousy with his movies

and melted down into a thoroughly entertaining meal.

Action packed classic .

When Snake gets ready to leave Hauk fits him with a tracker, and puts two capsules into his system.

As strangely out of date as the film is in regards to predicting the future, it works as a storytelling device in creating a film that has suspense, action, drama, and some wonderful characters worth watching.

Pretty intense when it needs to be and enough conflict and action to keep your interest.

All of the right ingredients to make a successful and exciting film are there.

Now it's not the most deep film I've seen, but it has an intriguing look for the future (even though it takes place in 1997), thrilling scenes, and an excellent cast, not to mention some dark humor.

As said, the idea is truly super and there are genuinely some entertaining scenes.

I was so boring and I found myself not caring about anything that was going on.

Instead, it's a rather absurd little sci-fi film that actually manages to be awfully entertaining despite being utterly ridiculous.

The movie feels empty even for it's setting and I think that is to do with Carpenter's imagination outweighing his budget.

The plan is simple and thrilling enough; to fly over the top of the city and land on its highest point, the World Trade centre.

So pointless!

Almost the entire movie takes place at night, which does get a little tiresome on the eyes after awhile.

This aside, I still think that it's an enjoyable romp, which has it's tongue placed firmly in it's cheek, if the lines in the script are anything to go by.

Even with the lack of "high octane action," this is a dark, rough, and downright cool film that is definitely worth watching.

The plot and the background of the story are not bad, a lot of potential here, but the development and the "action" is just slow and dry.

And although I won't spoil it for you, I found the ending perplexing because while it stays true to Snake's character, it rendered the whole concept of the film a little pointless.

"Grungy" and 'entertaining" are two words that perhaps might best describe this John Carpenter-directed box-office success from 1981.

as well as a hard to believe story even when it first came out.. this is however an entertaining movie filled with lots of action and adventure....

The whole suspenseful atmosphere of the film gets ruined once the nighttime is gone.

"Escape from New York" has a nice style (looks like "Duke Nukem" was VERY influenced by it), but the movie is terrible - it's boring, it moves nowhere and it looks like a B-movie (in the bad way).

Thrilling, funny, cool, and Kurt Russel with an eye-patch.

That alone makes it worth watching.


Snake Plissken (possibly the worst movie name ever) a former war hero turned criminal is sent into to retrieve the president and an important video tape.

John Carpenter could once be counted among the most exciting, invigorating names in Hollywood.

Directed by John Carpenter (Assault on Precient 13, The Fog, Halloween) made an entertaining, dark, futuristic Sci-Fi adventure with plenty of action and dark comedy.

As a whole these elements make the film reasonably enjoyable.

Escape From New York is a very exciting film taking place in the future, the world is a different place.

Unbearable .....

So the acting and script are unbearable.

With the countdown-to-death on his watch, you are always on the edge of your seat.

A real roller coaster ride that's totally engrossing and so much fun.

It's that pretentious and dumb.

I will however explain just why this movie is so darned enjoyable.

Utterly creepy, funny, bleak and suspenseful with rich characters, memorable dialog and stimulating visuals.

It's not the best movie ever made, but an enjoyable and fun experience nonetheless.

One of Carpenter's first bigger-budget flicks, EFNY is a highly entertaining action piece graced by the solid tough-guy performance of good ole Kurt.

in short, it seemed as much fun and enjoyable.

Well worth watching, and a lot of fun.

Unfortunately, I was bored to death watching Escape from New York, for many reasons.

The film sets a fast pace and keeps your brain from engaging long enough to think about the simple plot and the one dimensional characters.

)Well-designed and entertaining film has a good cast(Adrienne Barbeau, Ernest Borgnine, and Lee Van Cleef among them).

Exciting and spectacular rescue into a Manhattan become in top-security prison .

Dull .....

It's meant to be an action film, but the first half really relies more on a neat atmosphere and sense of tension than any thrilling adventure, typical Carpenter really.

Isaac Hayes is enjoyable as the Duke of New York, and Donald Pleasance does a great job as the President.

What starts off as an interesting premise is wasted in a film which goes nowhere and feels extremely disjointed, it's just one poorly-conceived action sequence after another with little to recommend it in terms of special effects, acting ability, even pacing.

The elements that the specific synthesizer music creates is very evocative.

This movie is a thrilling Sci-Fi classic that is a must see for both Sci-Fi, Carpenter and Kurt Russel fans.

The scenes go from the streets to some deserted buildings to a strange, sort of pointless gladiator match, and then the finale which I found to be anticlimactic.

But In Escape From NY, we are treated to gripping gun fights and chase scenes, with a hero you seriously don't wanna mess with.

Kurt Russell is cool and it has Tom Atkins who is like the best actor of all time(Night of the Creeps) but this movie is boring.

Fun, entertaining, and stupid.

The setup for the "future" world is intriguing.

It's raw, stupid and quite a bit pretentious - but it's very entertaining and intelligent enough for a lazy evening.

Enjoyable .

Although Escape From New York has a spot-on and flashy 80's aesthetic and some good moments, it falls fairly flat with paper thin characters (along with some underused characters) and the fact it's just too darn slow and quiet.

An exciting night time,grimy futuristic Thriller that gets better every time i watch it & i can't get enough of that dangerous dark & grimy apocalyptic Atmosphere & the sense of lost in a messed up world feel that our characters exist in especially Snake Plisskin!!.

i found the movie somewhat compelling,yet also slow at the same time.

This film is action packed and Snake Plisskin is the true anti-hero you cheer on from beginning to end.

The short and intense conversation between Lee Van (Hauk) Cleef and Kurt "Snake Plissken" Russel is exactly as much as the movie needs.

which is mostly dumb and worth watching only for a couple cool sequences with Russell.

You've got some great character actors here, including Harry Dean Stanton, Ernest Borgnine and Lee Van Cleef, but their characters are all rather bland.

It is a Great action packed thriller that most action fans, Kurt Russell fans, or Sci - Fi fans would enjoy.

Russell receives solid support from Isaac Hayes, Lee Van Cleef, Donald Pleasance, Adrienne Barbeau (wife of director John Carpenter), and Ernest Borgnine, providing unexpected comic relief as a cab driver.

Pure enjoyable entertainment & Awesome fun,a late night sci-fi Adventure Thriller with the BRILLIANT Kurt Russell in his most iconic role ever as the tough Snake Plisskin & he's amazing in this simply amazing!!!

Completely entertaining with a high-concept too boot.

The action scenes, which would be the only selling point, are mostly bland and lack any kind of excitement or impact.

Everything about this night time Adventure is great movie making & the type of exciting movie that you don't get anymore.

All these aspects come together to conjure up a damn near perfect and highly entertaining film in my opinion.

The entire film gives one a sense of future-shock that seems to get more intense with every viewing.

This review could go on forever but to make things short, Escape from New York is a film which achieves at everything it goes for and at the same time, remains to be one of the most entertaining and deepest movies of the science fiction genre, constructing as one re-watches the film, a more detailed brain image of its main theme: New York as a prison.

He uses Kurt Russell, someone who can be trusted to the kind of role he has: physically self- aware, stylish, deliberately empty.

The uncut version was fast paced and somewhat gory.

Earnest Borgnine plays Cabbie, a man who drives a cab around New York, he's very fun to watch and makes the bumpy ride a bit more enjoyable.

Partly its because John Carpenter was so excited to have a decent budget to work with that he was damn sure it was all going to get shown on screen, even if it tended to slow the action down to a crawl.

Great concept, good special effects for the time, eerie music, Kurt Russell in the action lead (you would think a good thing), some entertaining supporting cast, all good stuff, so wha' happened?

The second half, though enjoyable, resorts to routine action theatrics, wasting the setting somewhat as it merely becomes a pinball backdrop for the action.

It really gets your adrenaline going, and that is one of the most important factors of movies.

Which it is certainly one of the most enjoyable commentaries around.

The premise is one of the most original and exciting ideas ever, even if it is a little unrealistic and almost comic book-like.

Complete with early visual work by Jim (James) Cameron, it's an exciting, fun film.

Definitely worth watching if you like sci-fi movies!

It has a weak script that starts slow, picks up speeds in the middle, and then loses complete control down the stretch.

Bleak, surprise surprise, looking at the last two films, but this is more action packed, and funny, and in Snake Plisskin, has one of the greatest cult anti-heroes of cinema.

The action is edgy, the pace is relentless and the film is so exciting.

Yet, by the time that Snake gets caught by the Duke of New York, the film gets dull and boring.

"Escape" benefits from being quirky, action packed, and full of great one-liners courtesy of Russell.

Also, Carpenter's dull musical score doesn't match up well with what's happening on screen.

"Escape" seems to float on this engaging premise, buoyed by cool offhand satirical remarks about what war and duplicitous leadership can do to one's principles—"I don't give a fuc& about your war or your president" sums it up quite nicely—plus memorable production design, dank lighting, and wide shots of the New York skyline (once again, Carpenter + Panavision = magic) to evoke mundane, realistic anomie.

However, in the hands of John Carpenter, the film moves at a slow and brooding pace.

The acting is very good and the action is thrilling, i also love the production quality of this movie to make it look like a realistic post-apocalyptic New York City and the score by Carpenter is soaring as well.

There is rip-off from summary Klaus Kinski's mad character of bad guy - pretentious punk-blond(assistant of The Duke in the movie).

So after a slow build Whispering Snake takes a glider and lands on one of the World Trade Center towers (costly prison), once in he must avoid roaming gangs of guys whose look is best described as homeless-punk-pirate, and random acts of violence perpetrated by guys with funny John Carpenter-film names: The Brain (whose girlfriend is more cleavage than woman!

Rating :Better than average,good and enjoyable.

All in all a very enjoyable movie that should be seen.

'Brain' is a boring ass smart guy who doesn't seem all that smart.

Overall, I think this movie is overrated, but it has some enjoyable moments mainly thanks to a good cast.

Yet Another Pointless John Carpenter Klunker .

This movie has an original concept, a good cast, and an entertaining execution.

This has cool and exciting action, though not the greatest the director has done.

If you're in for some hardcore, fast paced no holds barred action you will NEVER regret seeing this movie.

Carpenter again provides his own music, a simple synthesised score that is quite effective if a little repetitive.

The dialog is short and snappy; leaving a lot of silences for the audience to contemplate the big dark chaos that is New York.

In it, instead of an exciting battle sequence between Snake and a giant armed with baseball bats, we've got Snake playing basketball.

, 1997) as per the story the Art work is fantastic and the details are mind blowing .

On an overall scale, Escape from New York is a thoroughly captivating, consistently entertaining & sufficiently satisfying effort from John Carpenter and is another quality addition to his filmography.

The film is fairly entertaining, but it could have used a shot of adrenaline.

"Escape from New York" is rated R for violence and gore, profanity, smoking, nudity, and frightening and intense sequences.

Adrienne Barbeau provides ever-present cleavage to distract from the lack of plot.

And i really enjoyed it.

A rough and enjoyable film built on a great character in Snake and a great performance from Russell .

low budget but exciting .

This is an on the edge of your seat thriller with cool effects, awesome actors, and terrific and catchy lines that you'll find yourself repeating after the movie is done.

This movie truly brings dark, gloomy, atmospheric settings, a furiously suspenseful soundtrack, decent acting and a simple though fast-paced script together into a work of art.

Regardless of this ESCAPE FROM NY is a very enjoyable action thriller set in the future

Action packed thriller .

The combination of interesting visuals, a compelling story and Kurt's awesome performance make this a film I can watch over and over.

Due to a higher does of adrenaline, and a larger handful of pyrotechnics, and gunfire I think a lot of critics prefer Escape from L.

However, there is plenty of suspenseful action, and Kurt Russell is memorable as the ex-soldier turned bank robber Snake Plisken.

In short; this movie is definitely worth watching if you can get past how corny it is.

Another fascinating ride from Carpenter and Russell .

Violent but entertaining John Carpenter film told in 1997 with Russell playing cunning criminal Snake Plissken.

The bore is powerful, especially when the action is nonexistent.

Even with its flaws, it creates an incredibly interesting reality populated with compelling characters.

The whole thing is only 80+ minutes long, and I got bored.

Nonetheless, the tempo is too slow, because there is a 22 HOUR TIME LIMIT, so of course Snake's gonna take his time!

"Escape from NY" is more a dark, deeply-imagined style film that grinds along like a horror film rather than gliding along on adrenaline.

Grim, adrenaline pumping action that you will never regret to see.

Dark, Bleak, Yet very entertaining!!!!!.

Could have called it slow paced and tense....

Definitely worth watching, so if you haven't already what are you waiting for?

The thing is while being more enjoyable, (..from L.

Because the intriguing premise still works, there's great character moments from the cast, the visual style is outstanding and the music from John Carpenter and Alan Howarth is memorable.

The movie has a dynamic direction,a unique atmosphere,a very well written screenplay with great dialogues and characters,a fascinating score and a great cast led by Kurt Russell as Snake Plissken.

) Plus, it has an excellent soundtrack & is visually stunning.

It's also fascinating how little of the music Carpenter uses for the film- the sweet, electronic theme of the film the exception- to just up the thrills by either on-the-set noises (of the ambiance of the dark Manhattan corners and 'bumps' in the night), or little touches of unconventional music.

It's partly made up for with its cool atmosphere, but Escape From New York can be a little boring.

I remember watching this movie originally over 20 years ago, and still find it enjoyable entertainment for the mind.

It has great acting by Kurt Russell, great directing by a legendary John Carpenter and stunning set design.

Don't waste your time on this one.

Pay attention to those 15 minutes if you happen to watch the film again) and then it's your usual, boring string of events movie.

" Maybe I come from too much of a modern action-happy perspective, but this film could have benefited from some serious explosions or intense fight scenes--some excitement.

An enthralling, if sometimes inadvertently cheesy adventure yarn, an intriguing window into the fears and anxieties of the early Reagan years.

Once inside the city, Snake comes into contact with a variety of colorful characters played by name actors: street-smart Cabbie (Ernest Borgnine, hamming it up), a ruthless dictator known as The Duke (Isaac Hayes), and his right-hand man, Brain (the always enjoyable Harry Dean Stanton).

Kurt Russel and John Carpenter together created one of the great fictional characters of all time, placed in an engaging and highly entertaining situation.

As I said, the set-up is solid and intriguing.

Besides old special effects, this movie has a real dark feel to it and a lot of action that makes it worth the watch.

Carpenter's films often look like they have the budget of a high school musical production, but they usually at least manage to be original and entertaining .

A generally gripping action film, the film can also be read as a percipient satire of a society irreparably split along lines of class and race.

Exciting, suspenseful, great story, acting, and music score.

"Escape from New York" eventually achieved cult status in the sci-fi "con" world, and if you can forget the opening premise, is entertaining fare for those who love dark comic book anti-heroes like Snake Plissken, more or less a precursor to "Batman.

Kurt plays this role perfectly and really make's this film worth watching.

Ernest Borgnine was fun as a cabbie, and there was a singularly unpleasant-looking dude in the background that hissed a lot and looked like some kind of a mostly-human mutant who was very entertaining in a dark, creepy way.

The problem I had was the pacing was slow throughout a lot of the movie, especially the first 40 minutes or so.

Russell created his most memorable character in Snake and makes this film thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish.

It's a very enjoyable commentary from two guys who had great memories of this film and who obviously love to work together.

The first half hour or so is pretty fascinating but once Snake hits town things degenerate into a Grade Z actioner, the sort of arbitrary pointless stuff Hollywood excels at.