Escape from L.A. Movie Information

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Overall Rank: 8678

Average Rating: 2.4/4

# of Ratings: 135

Theatrical Release Date: 08/09/1996

Language: English

Genre: Action, Adventure

MPAA Rating: R

Director: John Carpenter

Actors: Kurt Russell, Steve Buscemi, A.J. Langer, Stacy Keach, Pam Grier, Georges Corraface

Plot: After his escape from New York, Snake Plissken is sent to L.A. (now separated from the mainland by an earthquake) to find the president's daughter and the doomsday device she had taken.

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Indyfreak - wrote on 05/11/2022

Long awaited sequel to John Carpenter's cult hit Escape from New York. It's very similar to the earlier movie except it feels less fresh and lacks that movie's nihilistic edge. There is not as much CGI as I expected but it looks pretty bad when you see it. There are some okay action scenes. The ruined cityscape that was once Los Angeles is not as cool looking as the megaprison that comprised of Manhattan in the 1981 movie. Kurt Russell is fine reprising his role as Snake Plissken.

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Matthew Brady - wrote on 08/16/2014

A fun action pack movie.

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Unknown - wrote on 10/02/2011

More of the same, but with a location change and some early 90's CG effects. It's enjoyable, if you liked the first.

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Yojimbo - wrote on 02/27/2012

The most famous war hero turned bank robber of America's near future manages to get himself caught (again) to be blackmailed (again) and sent on a mission into a lawless L.A. to retrieve a doomsday weapon for the government. Again. This film reminded me of "Dancing In The Street" by David Bowie and Mick Jagger. Escape From L.A. basically rehashes all of the ideas from New York, but somehow manages to exclude everything about it that made it good. Russell swaggers around dressed as a refugee from a gay version of the Matrix on the site of a bad goth music video amongst an ill-fittiing jigsaw puzzle of weak social satire and overblown action sequences shored up by some really dated looking CGI. The supporting cast sound good on paper, but Buscemi is wasted as a kind of post apocalyptic …

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Cheap but fun

poonhokong - wrote on 04/10/2011

John Carpenter is one of my favourate director. He works with low budget and made the film work with atomsphere. Some of his works are really good, like the Original Halloween (1978) and the Thing (1982) which is my most favourate Horror movie of all time. Some of them are bad, but doesnt mean they are not enjoyable. They are cheap and stupid but fun to watch in a strange way I myself could not fully explain.

Escape from L.A. is one of the bad ones. The plot is pretty much the same as Escape from New York: some shit happened, L.A. is seperated from the continent by a flood and used as a place for exiling criminals and everyone who "unfit to live in a new America". The criminals seduced the president's daughter and ordered her to stole some weapons apparently, and Snake Plissken (Kurt …

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