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Posted October 1, 2010
Snake Plissken- The Ultimate Anti-hero
This film was made in 1980 so the future is a little dated here, but in the year 1997 the world is a different place. New York is now a dumping ground for the scum of society and is guarded by the United States Police Force with high walls, a mined bridge and men with guns to prevent escapes. What bad luck for the President of the United States (Donald Pleasance) when Air Force Three is taken over by a domestic terrorist group and forces our esteemed president to eject in his escape pod and crash land in the middle of the prison. The Chief of Police Bob Houck (Western film veteran Lee Van Cleef) decides to use Snake Plisken as a means to extract the President, but puts a very tight leash on him. Snake is an eye-patch wearing, Ex Special Forces lieutenant that turned to a life of gun fighting and bank robbery and got caught during his latest scheme. Snake is about to serve a life sentence in NY for his crimes. After being offered a full pardon for his past criminal acts he is injected with a capsule carrying an explosive charge that will burst his carotid artery open if he does not get back within 24 hours with the President along with a cassette tape that must be played at a summit in Hartford, The tape is the primary reason Snake was dispatched as it has information that would be useful in the hopes of ending the current war based on a new way of creating energy with Nuclear fusion, but doing it safely. The clock is ticking and even with all the high-tech gear Snake is given, the odds are still against him. A real cult classic directed by a master of the “What if?” theory of filmmaking John Carpenter. What’s great about this version is a 10-minute additional scene that shows how Snake got captured as well as a great transfer and re-mastering process. There is also a cool audio commentary featuring Carpenter and Russell who are both old friends and seem to be having fun watching their movie together. R- Graphic Violence and profanityWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 23, 2008
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