The Snake and the Apple

Escape from New York features the first R rated action role from Kurt Russell. Who desperately needed to shed his Disney image. It’s also the first John Carpenter movie with a big budget. Since the success of Halloween encouraged bigger projects. I’d always known about Escape from New York around the 80’s cult action circle, but it was a long time before I decided to check it out. Carpenter has always been more concerned with atmosphere, so it’s not as action heavy as you might think.

Escape from New York takes place in the distant future of 1997. Which was apparently supposed to see New York City converted into a dystopian supermax prison for the entire United States. It’s an interesting concept that’s feasible, but hopefully not a possible reality. The awesomely named, eye patch sporting, anti-establishment, standoffish, ex-soldier, and current criminal Snake Plissken is brought in to rescue the stranded President in New York. The catch is that he only gets 22 hours and a bomb will go off in his head if he doesn’t get the President and a tape containing a summit speech safely returned.

Snake doesn’t see much action at first since it’s a stealth mission, but criminals start shooting at him eventually. All of whom assume he was already dead. The President’s captor is Isaac Hayes as the violent ruler of New York called the Duke. With the help of a street smart guide, his main squeeze, and a friendly cabbie, Snake manages to beat hulking wrestlers, and return the President at the cost of his compatriots. Even Donald Pleasence gets some shots in as the President. Escape from New York paints a striking vision of the future that only a snake could thrive in.


Snake Plissken takes aim

Followed by: Escape from L.A.

9 thoughts on “The Snake and the Apple

  1. Brilliant movie! Snake Plissken is awesome. The name, the character, Kurt Russell’s portrayal is just perfect. Issac Hayes was awesome too and Lee Van Cleef …the whole cast was inspired. “Escape from New York paints a striking vision of the future that only a snake could thrive in.” That’s pretty awesome too.

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  2. This is one of those movies that never gets old. No matter how many times Iโ€™ve seen it, I always enjoy it๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š Kurt Russel is awesome in this. The sequel was pretty decent too, but this one will always be my favorite. Great review!

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    1. Thank you and welcome back old friend. It’s fitting that you returned for a John Carpenter review since Christine was the first review you commented on. Escape from New York also happens to be my 1300th review. So it’s a celebration all around!

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      1. Thank you…and wow, this has been a day of coincidences it seems. I just published a post at pretty much the exact same time as one of my oldest blogging friends, and now this๐Ÿ˜…
        Itโ€™s definitely a celebration indeed: 1300 reviews! That is truly astonishing! Much respect!๐Ÿ˜Š
        And thank you, itโ€™s good to be back, even though it might be for a short time ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  3. I saw it in theaters. It was a great experience! BTW, I’m old enough to remember that the idea of NY as a penal colony wasn’t as far-fetched as it is today. Crime was out of control, and Carpenter cleverly exploited our fears.

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