Escape From L.A.

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Paramount Released 1996

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Director:
John Carpenter
Released:
1996
Rating:
R

Escape from L.A. is a 1996 John Carpenter movie and the sequel to 1981's smash hit Escape from New York. Kurt Russell reprises his role as war hero Snake Plisskin, who winds up on another deadly mission where he'll have to fight for his life and his freedom. In the future, America has become a totalitarian dystopia under the rule of a new President who intends to hold the Presidency for the rest of his life. He's outlawed everything from alcohol to swearing that he deems immoral. The city of Los Angeles has been turned into an island off the coast of California, and anyone who breaks the new President's rules gets sent to the island in exile. When the leader of a terrorist organization steals the President's most powerful weapon and threatens to use it against America, the President recruits renegade Snake Plisskin to infiltrate Los Angeles and retrieve the weapon. Snake has ten hours to complete the mission, but the LA penal colony is overrun with criminals looking to stop him. Escape from L.A. is a heart-racing action film, co-starring Steve Buscemi as Map to the Stars Eddie.

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  • 88

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    John Carpenter's Escape From L.A. is a go-for-broke action extravaganza that satirizes the genre at the same time it's exploiting it.

  • 50

    Philadelphia Inquirer Desmond Ryan

    In returning to what is basically the same premise, Carpenter gives us an update as well as a sequel. [09 Aug 1996, p.5]

  • 40

    IGN

    There is a good story to further the violent adventures of Snake along; this is far from it. There are awesome, in-joke-with-your-friends guilty pleasures, and then there's Escape ...

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