John Carpenter's Escape From L.A.

  • 1996
  • Movie
  • R
  • Action, Science Fiction

A poisoned love letter to Los Angeles, this sequel to Carpenter's 1981 cult hit ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK is more accurately characterized as a remake. It not only recycles the first film's premise -- a major city has become a maximum-security prison -- but also resurrects characters, plot points, sight gags, low-rent special effects and running jokes. It's...read more

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A poisoned love letter to Los Angeles, this sequel to Carpenter's 1981 cult hit ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK is more accurately characterized as a remake. It not only recycles the first film's premise -- a major city has become a maximum-security prison -- but also

resurrects characters, plot points, sight gags, low-rent special effects and running jokes. It's the year 2013, and an earthquake has separated Los Angeles from mainland America. The mainland is a prosperous, straightlaced stronghold of puritanical Christian fascism, while L.A. is crawling with

low-riders and lingerie-clad babes. Snake Plissken (Russell) is shanghaied into rescuing the rebellious daughter (A.J. Langer) of the President (Cliff Robertson), who's hijacked her dad's private plane and handed over a stolen doomsday device to a Third World revolutionary lothario (George

Correface). Snake tangles with plastic-surgery junkies, gangbangers and colorful opportunists of every stripe -- including murderous transsexual Hershe (Pam Grier) and small-time shyster "Map to the Stars" Eddie (Steve Buscemi) -- with occasional pauses to marvel at the ruins of the Capitol

Records building or the submerged Universal Studios theme park. Good, dirty, escapist fun.

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  • Released: 1996
  • Rating: R
  • Review: A poisoned love letter to Los Angeles, this sequel to Carpenter's 1981 cult hit ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK is more accurately characterized as a remake. It not only recycles the first film's premise -- a major city has become a maximum-security prison -- but als… (more)

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