A sullen Kurt Russell tries to be Clint Eastwood in this tough futuristic western from director John Carpenter that never fulfils the ingenuity of its premise: the president's plane crashes in Manhattan, which is now a maximum security prison, and Russell has to go in and rescue him. Closely resembling Carpenter's Assault on Precinct 13 in tone and plot dynamics, it's certainly the director's slickest-looking film, and the presence of Lee Van Cleef reinforces its Sergio Leone associations. Yet, despite a marvellous night-time opening sequence, this slice of escapism often disappoints, though it rates higher than the 1996 sequel, Escape from LA.
|Snake Plissken||Kurt Russell|
|Bob Hauk||Lee Van Cleef|
|Duke of New York||Isaac Hayes|
|"Brain"||Harry Dean Stanton|
|Girl in Chock Full o'Nuts||Season Hubley|
|Secretary of State||Charles Cyphers|