Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.
United Kingdom/USA, 1981. Embassy Pictures, International Film Investors, Goldcrest Films International, Major Studio Partners. Screenplay by John Carpenter, Nick Castle. Cinematography by Dean Cundey. Produced by Larry J. Franco, Debra Hill. Music by John Carpenter, Alan Howarth. Production Design by Joe Alves. Costume Design by Stephen Loomis. Film Editing by Todd C. Ramsay.
In a futuristic world, the city of New York has been turned by authorities into a penal zone and all those who inhabit it are prisoners. After the President of the United States crash lands in Manhattan, authorities need to get him out as quickly and safely as possible. Their only option is to get convict Kurt Russell to go out and find the President, but he only does it if they agree to free him after the mission is accomplished. They agree, and implant a deadly mechanism into his body that will only be removed when the President is safely recovered. Now, Russell must navigate an extremely hostile terrain to find his target and rescue him, but it’s not going to be as easy as it sounds. Really cool storyline, but John Carpenter keeps it on the B-level too much and the film is little more than a grungy affair. The production need not be that much grander, but it should be a lot more fun.