Escape From L.A. (1996)
In the sequel to 1981’s Escape for New York, we find our antihero Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell) trying to escape from yet another post-apocalyptic mega city, this time it’s the City of Angles. LA has become a penal colony after an earthquake turned it into an island, and is now only inhabited by the dregs of society. Gun-for-hire Snake, winds up getting shipped off there after being captured by the Feds, but they have a deal for him: find a doomsday weapon that the president’s rebel daughter stole and we might give you the antidote to the deadly virus we just injected you with. With no other choice he travels to the island in search of the weapon, now in the hands or the terrorist Cuervo Jones.
It isn’t going to be as easy as just going up to the guy and asking nicely, he is going to have to perform some off the wall and highly impractical feats to even get near the guy. Snake will have to surf a 100 foot wave, escape from a group of plastic surgery addicts, shoot some hoops for his life and also hang-glide from Hollywood to Disneyland. Once the mission is a success, he’s a little peeved at how the government used him (again), and decides to use the super-weapon against them.
Alex’s Thoughts: What this movie lacks in quality it make up for in sheer awfulness. Wait… no… that’s sounds about right. While John Carpenter’s previous movie was sort of charming and inventive it in’s own low-budget way, this one copies the exact same premise but without any of the charm, it’s just bad, and seems like it was just a cash grab flick. While I do like Kurt Russell, he didn’t look to be giving it his best, and seemed like his best physical acting days were behind him. With awful dialog, poorly choreographed fight scenes and low-rate special effects, it is easy to forget about this movie. Its one redeeming quality is that it has Bruce Campbell in what could have been a great role as the Surgeon General of Beverly Hills, but it was totally underutilized. If you need a good escape flick, you might want to check out Lockout instead. Alex Rates This Movie 3/10.
Tim’s Thoughts: Oh, I want to like this so badly, every few years I will even go back to give it another shot, but it’s soooooo awful. There is nothing good about this, nothing at all. It’s a waste of time, and a sign that Carpenter’s good years were way behind him. I don’t know what else to say other than that the effects are so terrible that I can barely sit through it. MST3K would destroy this, and then like Pod People or Mitchell it could become a favorite. Until that happens, avoid this dumpster fire at all costs. Tim Rates This Movie 1/10