Escape From L.A.
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The man with the patch is back in this futuristic sequel to "Escape From New York." Into the 9.6 quaked L.A. of 2013 comes Snake Plissken. His job is to wade through L.A.'s ruined landmarks to retrieve a doomsday device. Don't miss the excitement as Snake surfs Wiltshire Blvd., shoots hoops at the Coliseum, dive bombs the Happy Kingdom theme park, and mixes it up with a wild assortment of friends, fiends and foes.
Kurt Russell reprises his role as Snake Plissken, of the near-future thriller Escape from New York, in this reworking of that film's basic premise. Instead of New York being a maximum-security prison, this time it's L.A., which through the agency of earthquakes has become an island of the damned. This penal colony is where the film's future rulers, something very like the Moral Majority, send those deemed guilty of "moral crimes." But something has gone wrong in this new moral order, because the President's daughter has absconded to L.A. with a detonation device, and Snake is commandeered to retrieve it. The film's dark dystopia, with its satrical elements taking aim at our dwindling freedoms, and the eclipsing of democracy by narrow interests, are more the subject this time. As a result the action suffers, and the plot devices are sometimes weak and predictable. But just below the surface there is a coiled Snake ready to strike. Steve Buscemi's performance as a weasely hawker of L.A. tour maps is a standout, and the presence of Peter Fonda and Pam Grier adds to the fun. In fact, just the sight of Fonda surfing down the flooded corridor of Sunset Boulevard is reason enough to check this movie out. --Jim Gay
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This is wonderful (young) adult fantasy adventure/escapist fare. Directed, and partly written, by Stanford grad John Carpenter (Dark Star, The Thing, They Live) this intelligent movie is actually largely satire, poking fun at everything from the President, to Hollywood, the medical profession, governmental authority... and even action movies themselves! Kurt Russell, reprising his role as Snake Plissken, is, as usual, excellent; and this movie is better than the first; outrageous as it is entertaining, it also provides, as cult movies often do, a sardonic commentary on modern society and beliefs. So I heartily recommend this, as Kurt Russell is faced with life and death issues in the noir 21st century. And to borrow from Roger Ebert: this is an apocalyptic, go-for-broke action extravaganza, not to be missed!
The setup is the president's daughter, Utopia, played by A.J. Langer, has befriended the leader of the biggest gang on LA island, and has she has stolen a device that would allow someone to utilize satellites in orbit to activate a sort of electro magnetic pulse that would wipe out all electronic devices in an area essentially throwing that area back into the stone age. Snake has recently been captured for whatever crimes he has since committed, and is given the option of going in, retrieving the device and his record will be wiped clean. I say he is given the option of going in, but he's infected with a sort of neurotoxin, and has no choice but to go on the mission, so he gears up and goes off to retrieve said device. He encounters different individuals and groups, and eventually meets up with the head of the largest and most powerful gang named Cuervo Jones. He's taken prisoner and made do to do some rather silly things. In the first movie, he has to fight a death match with a big bruiser, while in this movie he's forced to play a full court basketball shoot out, and if he misses, he gets shot. The rest of the movie is a little on the goofy side, but kind of fun to watch.
I was disappointed in this movie because, while it pretty much followed the same concept of the original movie, it couldn't keep the same feel as the first. There was way too much satire, too much blatant parody for my taste. From the cult of plastic surgery, to the constant remarks people made on actually meeting Snake that they thought he would be bigger, it seemed ham fisted and forced. Also, a few references were made to how he may have escaped New York, but LA would eat him alive, but I got the feeling New York still would have been harder to survive. The original was made on a small budget, so they had to be creative, improvise in some areas, and that ended up paying off. This movie was obviously made on a larger budget, as the use of somewhat cheesy special effects is more present, but the charm and ingenuity from the first doesn't really carry over. It seemed to me that most all the actors were more interested in picking up a check. The flow of the story was pretty sporadic, with characters and situations thrown in just for the heck of it. Escape From LA follows a similar story line as Escape From New York, but maintains very little of it's sense of danger, grittiness, and sense of flowing action and purpose. Escape From LA was a fun movie, but don't expect too much from it as a true sequel to the original movie.