John Carpenter's Escape From L.A.
1996, Sci fi/Action, 1h 36m51 Reviews 50,000+ Ratings
What to know
Escape from L.A. has its moments, although it certainly suffers in comparison to the cult classic that preceded it. Read critic reviews
You might also like
Where to watch
Rate And Review
John Carpenter's Escape From L.A. Videos
John Carpenter's Escape From L.A. Photos
Cast & Crew
Map to the Stars Eddie
Surgeon General of Beverly Hills
News & Interviews for John Carpenter's Escape From L.A.
Critic Reviews for John Carpenter's Escape From L.A.
Had this film come out 14 years ago, it would probably still be a late-night video treat, rather than looking a mite tired.November 28, 2017 | Full Review…
Quote not available.September 7, 2011 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
Enjoyable in a playful wayOctober 24, 2002 | Full Review…
The special effects vary from OK to lame to very lame.July 5, 2002
Dark, percussive and perversely fun.June 18, 2002 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
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.April 12, 2002 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
Audience Reviews for John Carpenter's Escape From L.A.
Jun 18, 2019Oh my god. As a parody it is quite enjoyable. As a high-concept action film it falls short on many levels.Spencer M Super Reviewer
Jul 29, 2016Not as good as the first but still entertaining enough to enjoy but gets abit silly and predictable but worth a watch.Jamie C Super Reviewer
Apr 03, 2016A lot sillier than "Escape from New York", but that's because Carpenter crafted a more overtly political and satirical version of the same story this time around. The movie is little less tight as a result but still great fun. Plus despite the overall campier tone this ending might actually be more cynical than the original's.Alec B Super Reviewer
Jul 18, 2014Sequel to John Carpenter's action classic, Escape from New York is a mediocre picture that recycles old ideas, except now, you've guessed it, the setting is in L.A. This was a completely unnecessary sequel that failed t9o really grab your attention, and it's basically the exact same film, except they've changed a few things around so that it looks like it's something new and exciting. This is disappointing, and it lacks anything really engaging and it's not worth your time, as it is just a pointless sequel that doesn't do anything with its concept. There might have been a great film here, but the fact is, is that it uses old ideas, and it becomes predictable in a way that just doesn't make it interesting. Not only that, but the material is laughable and there are scenes which are plainly ridiculous and stupid. Fans of the original, should definitely not give this one a shot because you're not missing much. This is a bland film with nothing new to offer, and it's lacking in any ideas and good entertainment value. Escape From L.A is pointless, and it's a waste of what could have been a good film, if there could have been a different angle on the story established in the first one. Maybe an expansion of the events of the first film fearing Snake would have been interesting. But the filmmakers went the same route, and simply changed the setting and tried to make it seem less dark and atmospheric, unlike the first film which was a fine action film that blended Science Fiction and action very well into one film. With Escape From L.A, John Carpenter has easily made one of the worst films of his career. I think that this had the potential of being a superb film; instead it misses the mark on so many levels.Alex r Super Reviewer
John Carpenter's Escape from L.A. Quotes
|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...|