Black as night 80's action pic if for older teens and up, only
John Carpenters 1981 cult classic, Escape from New York, is one very dated movie. But, that is not to say that it still can't manage to work it's charms on you, even if though you are watching it nearly thirty-years after it's initial release into cinemas. So, the simple story is made complicated by legions of side characters, side stories and sidetracks, but, this is the main ring of it: Snake Plisskin (Kurt Russel) is a professional badass, who must infiltrate the now completely rundown prison city off New York, which is overrun by seedy thugs, punks and gangs. He must trudge through the cities underworld, deeper and deeper, so that he will be able to rescue the president of the United States, who is now being held hospital by the biggest gang in New York City. See, the nice thing about Escape from New York, is that it still sounds quirky, quaint and lovably old-fashioned, all these years later, which makes it all the more effective as a sci-fi\action\thriller. So, even though it is rated R, it is still very, very tame by today's standards of the same exact rating, but, that is not to say that it isn't deserved, because it is: There is infrequent but strong violence including several very brutal fistfights, gunfights, torture and even one very explicit image of mutilation. Also, there is one very graphic but very quick seen of a group of thugs attempting to rape a unconscious woman, with her bare breasts revealed very quickly. And, finally, there is infrequent but moderate profanity as well, including f--k, sh-t, b-tch, a--hole, b-st-rd and jesus christ. So, with that all being said, this movie is still entertaining in it's own right, to this day. So, John Carpenter's and cult fan's still see much to love in it. Reccomended.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking