Escape from L.A. (1996)
Average Rating: 5.6/10
Reviews Counted: 47
Fresh: 25 | Rotten: 22
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Average Rating: 5.8/10
Critic Reviews: 15
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 7
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Average Rating: 2.8/5
User Ratings: 63,353
Escape from L.A. finds Kurt Russell once again in the role of Snake, which he played in the 1981 film, Escape from New York. Los Angeles has finally had the really big earthquake everyone was afraid of, and what remains is now an island. Because the country's ultra-righteous President-for-Life (Cliff Roberton) wants it that way, all the weirdos and freaks that previously inhabited New York in large numbers, and the rest of the U.S. in smaller concentrations, have been quarantined on the island
Aug 9, 1996 Wide
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Escape from L.A. is too preposterous to be a good film. But in keeping with its title, it does provide a couple of hours of entertaining escapism.
Buscemi, Fonda, Robertson, Grier and many others get to make vivid impressions, but of course it's Russell who must carry this swiftly paced picture. As rugged as ever and attractively weathered, he does so with ease.
A hilariously unstable film and the latest apocalyptic vision to work on our nerves like a torturer extracting a confession -- or a dentist extracting a tooth.
In a summer filled with giant duds like Independence Day or The Rock or Chain Reaction, this is the best testosterone action flick of the season.
A dreadful belated sequel to the entertaining Escape From New York. Perfectly epitomizes how Carpenter's skills have eroded since his late '70s, early '80s heyday.
Diverting for the 100 minutes it runs, but once they're up, it is instantly forgettable.
A deliciously campy send-up of everything we love to hate about the Left Coast and the entertainment biz.
Sequels have reached an all-time low
Self-conscious sequel is a wipe-out.
I don't think most people gave ESCAPE FROM L.A. enough credit when it first came out ... Every bit as cheesy as I remember - but also a lot more fun!
Less a sequel than a really crappy remake!
That noise you hear isn't an explosion; it's the sound of a great science fiction opportunity, being blown sky-high.
Like Texasville, Beyond the Poseidon Adventure, King Kong Lives and The Evening Star, Escape From L.A. stands tall as a shining beacon of Bad Moviedom.
Here and there a moments of wit shines through ... but for the most part the formulaic, auto-pilot nature of the enteprise leaves one wishing Carpenter and Russell had said 'never again' after Escape from New York.
Audience Reviews for Escape from L.A.
- Snake Plissken: Welcome to the human race.
- Taslima: [repeated line] I thought you'd be taller.
- Snake Plissken: [Snake finds a dead thug wearing his stolen jacket] I'll take my coat back now, asshole.
- Snake Plissken: Fuck you, I'm going to Hollywood...
- Malloy: [after the President orders Snake executed] On my command... FIRE! [the soldiers open fire, without effect. Malloy grabs a rifle, walks up to Snake, and swings the butt through his body]
- Brazen: He's not even *here*! He's a hologram!
- Snake Plissken: Catches on quick, doesn't she?
- Surgeon General of Beverly Hills: [the Surgeon General gropes Taslima's breasts] My God, they're real!
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