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      John Carpenter's Escape From L.A.

      R 1996 1 hr. 41 min. Action Adventure Sci-Fi List
      54% 59 Reviews Tomatometer 39% 50,000+ Ratings Audience Score In 2013, the United States president (Cliff Robertson) is exiling all citizens who don't conform to his hyper-conservative views to Los Angeles, which became an island after a huge earthquake. But, when the president's daughter nabs the detonator to her dad's apocalyptic weapon and sneaks into L.A. to be with the rebel leader she loves, the government taps commando-turned-crook Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell) to retrieve the young woman. And, if he doesn't succeed quickly, he'll be executed. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Feb 21 Buy Now

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      Escape from L.A. has its moments, although it certainly suffers in comparison to the cult classic that preceded it.

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      Jelisije J When the sequel has the same recycled story as the first mediocre film then you get a lazy sequel that should have been more. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 02/29/24 Full Review Marc Z This movie is a great way for fans of the very dark and edgy Escape from NY to get more of John Carpenter and Kurt Russell's, Snake Plisken. This one has a very 90's feel. It reminds me a lot of Arnold's Total Recall. It is not nearly as dark, or edgy as the original but still really, really fun. The special effects and budget are clearly low. John Carpenter's niche is taking a low budget and doing a lot because the characters and story are the strength. Kurt Russell is the king of the close to the vest performances. He is over the top, but a man of few words. He is tough and masculine, despite his long hair. The supporting cast, including Stacey Keach, Cliff Robertson, and Steve Buscemi are good but Donald Pleasance is sadly missing. The music by Carpenter is very soft core. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/14/24 Full Review Adrian S Not as good as New York but still Snake Pissken got damnit. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 05/18/23 Full Review Brad P This is yet another ‘90s Carpenter film that has divided fans – some are happy to have another excursion with Snake, while others find it too derivative and too full of ‘90s garbage. I fall somewhere in the middle but, ultimately, having Snake back on screen is never a bad thing and I find myself enjoying everything around the few parts I dislike more and more with each viewing. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/01/23 Full Review philip c Terrible. Nothing more than a money grab given popularity of the first movie. Bad script, bad acting. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Despite being in L.A., it can feel like the first all of her again but goofier. It’s fun though, especially when Snake surfs with Peter Fonda. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 11/13/22 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Dave Kehr Chicago Reader This time around, Russell seems uncomfortable in the part–a cartoon of a cartoon–but the production design by Blade Runner’s Lawrence G. Paull is so attractive and inventive that this is probably Carpenter’s most visually impressive feature. Jun 14, 2022 Full Review Chris Peachment Daily Telegraph (UK) Had this film come out 14 years ago, it would probably still be a late-night video treat, rather than looking a mite tired. Nov 28, 2017 Full Review Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly Rated: C+ Sep 7, 2011 Full Review Kevin Carr Fat Guys at the Movies Not as iconic as Escape from New York, but still has some fun moments hidden behind pretty awful 90s-era visual effects. Rated: 2.5/4 Sep 8, 2023 Full Review Brian Eggert Deep Focus Review If viewers focus on what Carpenter is trying to say, as opposed to the half-hearted method in which he tries to say it, Escape from L.A. becomes a guilty pleasure and thought-provoking look at Carpenter’s worldview. Rated: 3/4 Jun 8, 2022 Full Review Matt Brunson Film Frenzy At least audiences never had to sit through any more urban-centered follow-ups, be it Escape from Miami, Escape from Chicago, or even Escape from Woonsocket, Rhode Island. Rated: 2/4 Feb 27, 2022 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis In 2013, the United States president (Cliff Robertson) is exiling all citizens who don't conform to his hyper-conservative views to Los Angeles, which became an island after a huge earthquake. But, when the president's daughter nabs the detonator to her dad's apocalyptic weapon and sneaks into L.A. to be with the rebel leader she loves, the government taps commando-turned-crook Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell) to retrieve the young woman. And, if he doesn't succeed quickly, he'll be executed.
      Director
      John Carpenter
      Screenwriter
      John Carpenter, Debra Hill, Kurt Russell
      Production Co
      Paramount Pictures, Paramount Pictures International, Rysher Entertainment
      Rating
      R
      Genre
      Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Aug 1, 2013
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $25.5M
      Sound Mix
      Stereo, Dolby Digital, Surround
      Aspect Ratio
      Scope (2.35:1)
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