Film Review: Escape 2000 (1983)

Also known as: Escape From the Bronx, Bronx Warriors 2 (UK)
Release Date: August 15th, 1983 (Italy)
Directed by: Enzo G. Castellari
Written by: Enzo G. Castellari, Tito Carpi
Music by: Francesco de Masi
Cast: Mark Gregory, Henry Silva, Valeria D’Obici, Timothy Brent

New Line Cinema, 82 Minutes

Review:

This film is a sequel to 1990: Bronx Warriors but I saw this one first and never realized that there was a movie before it. Initially, I saw this in the 1990s on an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000.

Compared to its predecessor, this film is pretty bad. While 1990: Bronx Warriors wasn’t a masterpiece in any way, it had more character, more charm and Fred F’n Williamson! Escape 2000 just has the kid that played Trash in the first movie. He returns to be the top star of this one.

Again, Italy is a stand-in for the Bronx and it is obvious that we aren’t looking at one of the boroughs of New York City. At least in the previous movie, this was hidden a bit better.

The acting is not good, the action is a bit chintzy and the overall cinematography is dirty and ugly.

The first film had all these colorful gangs, similar to those in Walter Hill’s The Warriors. In this, we get government thugs in silver jumpsuits that drive ice cream trucks. It is a huge step down from a creativity standpoint.

Escape 2000 is like a poor ripoff of 1990: Bronx Warriors, which itself was a ripoff of The Warriors and Escape From New York. The further down the ripoff rabbit hole you go, the worse the quality gets. It’s like copying an old VHS tape over and over again; each generation loses its quality. While this doesn’t make for a good film, it does make for a good episode of MST3K.

And does it deserve to be put through the Cinespiria Shitometer? Oh, yes! Let’s see here… the results read, “Type 2 Stool: Sausage-shaped but lumpy.”

 

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