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Plot: Snake Plissken is once again called in by the United States government to recover a potential doomsday device from Los Angeles, now an autonomous island where undesirables are deported. Runtime: 101 mins Release Date: 09 Aug 1996
THE BEST SATIRE ON America EVER FILMED BY AN American!!! (by Thespin)
I don't think there's a better movie describing today's atmosphere in America and you can easily forget Escape From New York cause its political themes are pretty much restrained. Also Escape From L.A. is kind of timeless in a way that it satirizes all what America is known for, from motorcycle gangs, hookers, Hollywood agents, face-lifts, politics, freedom, violence TO implied peculiar American created all movie genres sci-fi, action, comedy, western to movie characters typical US movies bad guys/good guys , music typical western score, typical US orchestrated score , <more>
dialogues, typical US action movie scenes and especially parodying Hollywood stupid copycat sequels. You can find so much about America through this film, you just have to know how to watch it.Also i think the fact that the story of this film is only borrowed from EFNY is done partially on purpose because Russell & Carpenter wanted to do it with familiar story and highlight especially those aspects only characteristic to contemporary America and make fun of them. Carpenter did surely one of his best films ever that already no doubt surpassed his inferior classic Escape From New York. Gee what amazing piece of work Carpenter created do you even realize that? And personally i think Escape From L.A. over time will definitely gain well-deserved status as one of the greatest master-pieces in American movie history!
Better than Escape from New York (by Gandalf_is_cool)
This movie was superior to Escape from New York in almost every way. Snake is more badass in this sequel, it's more up to date and believable. The social commentary is astounding and the ending...wow, one of the best endings ever in a movie. People who say Escape from New York is superior are living in the past. Escape from N.Y. had a darker atmosphere but L.A. fit it's atmosphere as more light and campy similar to L.A. itself. Kurt Russell utilizes his character here more than Escape from N.Y. Snake is the ultimate badass. The special effects were good for their time and everything <more>
from the 1st one has improved. The social commentary is great. No smoking , no alcohol, no swearing, no sex-unless your married, no red meat, no foul language in which Snake replies. "Land of the free" it doesn't seem far off from our current society.
one of the most audacious films of the 90's (by chambara8112)
At first i love both Escape films but this film is the real proof what Carpenter movies are really about and that's the story. It reminds me the fact that those who constantly complains about EFLA didn't get even Escape From New York this visual style, atmosphere and other great surrounding stuff, as everyone praising these days, doesn't make a good movie, it was, is and will be the story, and as for the richness of this Escape From L.A. is definitely far better including that it's the most personal Carpenter movie ever that is kind of philosophy on the freedom and also <more>
today's real problem in modern America. For these elements its unforgettable and only waiting for its time to be reevaluated again.
Escape from L.A. is a great movie, perhaps even Carpenter's best, and Kurt Russel makes Snake Plissken ten times more macho than Bruce Willis did with John McLane in the Die Hard movies.The movie is much better than the original Escape from New York with good music and better humor than most action movies.
So much better than its rep (by TheMarwood)
Escape From L.A. doesn't waste a moment of its running time. It begins with Snake already in custody and about to be shipped off to LA like garbage, when he's propositioned by the president to do a mission for a full pardon. It's a subversive satire within a very ridiculous action film. Whether in the moral US or decadent LA it's full of self important wack jobs that Snake doesn't take serious and could care less about, which is the perfect character to follow in this type of film. After the theocratic president of America orders Snake on his mission, Snake gives a snide, <more>
but honest remark "who are you?" Perfectly sets the tone of the film and character. Once he reaches LA we are introduced to an assortment of characters who aren't so much quirky as they are absurd and fit in wonderfully to this nonsensical world Carpenter created. Even though this much maligned sequel has been marginalized as one of the bottom of Carpenter's films, it's miles better than its reputation and consistently hilarious. It's also impossible not to notice, or mention the truly awful visual effects. Effects this terrible are clearly the case of the studio pulling the money plug on a film they probably knew was too expensive to make back a fraction of its costs - not because of incompetence. There isn't a single effect that is polished or finished, but the slapdash vfx don't detract from how much the film gets right.
Greetings from Lithuania."Escape from L.A." 1996 is an ultimate flick with one of the screen bad asses - Snake Plissken himself. This is a great action / sci-fi flick that features a lot of action, very cool settings and a simple yet entertaining plot. Kurt Russel once again star in a underrated but iconic role of the 80's hero, or in this case maybe antihero, as Snake Plissken never was a "save the universe" type of a guy, he as well as John Macklane were dudes that always were in the middle of events that they didn't want it to be. There are cool special <more>
effects, great cameos, cartoonish but cool for the flick characters and so on.Overall, "Escape from L.A." is a very cool and unfortunately underrated gem from 90's. It features everything that pure escapism picture could have. Do your self a favor and check this picture - 2 hours of pure escapism is a guaranty.
as good as the original,with a few differences (by disdressed12)
this sequel to "Escape From New York"isn't half bad.it doesn't have the gritty,unpolished look of the original,and it's not as edgy.however,i did find it more humorous,and it's more of an action adventure movie,than pure drama,unlike the the original.the movie had a lighter feel to it.i didn't find it had the same sense of loss and decay.i did find it entertaining,and fairly fast paced,though there were a few mildly ridiculous scenes that felt out of place.i also noticed as anyone who watches it will that the general plot line was almost a carbon copy of the <more>
original,with a few variations in detail.i still liked it,and thought it was as good as the original,though,like i said,if you're expecting a departure from the formula of the first,you won't find it.For me,"Escape From L.A. is an 8/10*
Personally, I just don't understand why many people hate this film?! So what, if the plot was almost identical to "Escape from New York." Did anyone expect Snake to play a house sitting father or a fisherman in the sequel? No! Snake is a trained killer and decorated war hero. It would seem appropriate for Snake to save the President of the United States for the second time. What else can he do? He can't do anything else but save or kill people with a bad ass attitude and this is why I thought Escape from L.A. was great! Not to mention, Kurt Russell returns as Snake Blissken. <more>
Russell has strong screen presence as Snake and his performance doesn't slow down. There was two cameos from Peter Fonda as the lonesome surfer and horror legend Bruce Campbell as the general surgeon. Steve Busemi, Cliff Robertson and Stacey Keach filled the rest of the supporting cast. The rest of the actors were played by "no names" but still gave decent performances. John Carpenter is excellent as usual and I don't think I need to say more about him. My only complaint about the film was the special effects. There was a few scenes in the film were I shook at my head in disbelief because the effects were that bad Check out the surfing scene if you don't believe me . Also, the basketball scene was a bit cheesy. Although, if you watched "New York", you can find a few scenes that are mindless as well. All in all, as if you loved "Escape from New York" and Snakes Blissken's bad ass attitude, sit back and enjoy.
It is not just a remake of "Escape from New York" (by guilherme-alfieri)
The film has been critized unfairly as cosmetic remake of "Escape from New York". I don't share this viewpoint. There is something new in "Escape from LA". In the movie America is a high-tec ultraconservative Christian society. In addition to banning cigarette smoking, the society threw atheists and Moslins into the same garbage can as prostitutes and drug addicts.The other camp,'the enemy' is led by a Che Guevara-like type called Cuervo and he reminds of a typical image of a traditional Latin American 'liberator'. but he is as ruthless and cruel as his <more>
counterpart in Latin America.There is no bad guy and no good guy only the human race.I like particularly the final scene of the movie as a western like music was playing in the background Plissken finds a packet of cigarette with the suggestive name 'spirit of America',lights up a cigarette and finally inhales his Way out to Freemon,at least in his mind and says:-Wellcome to the human race.