ESCAPE FROM L.A. (Theatrical Release USA 1996)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.2|5.0 Stars ììì

Escape from L.A., the sequel to Escape from New York (1981), has its own unique story-telling flair, almost a Marvel comic/Mad Max feel to it without the quality of Mad Max. It’s a classic B-grade movie that holds attention despite its laugh-out-loud narration and dialog. It’s a ‘worth some of your time, but not your ticket money’ movie.  It’s a 1990s sci-fi action story that fills a boring Saturday afternoon with a few good action scenes and a fun portrayal of henchman, Stars Eddie (Steve Buscemi).

Storyline

Bad boy, Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell), has been recruited to save America from a possible reboot into the dark ages and is transported to the earthquake-made Island Los Angeles/Santa Monica/Malibu to retrieve control of a super weapon that has the ability to take out the world’s electrical power.


Additional Thanks

Good work for Director John Carpenter. Thank you to Producers Debra Hill and Kurt Russell for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Pipeline (Peter Fonda), Cuervo Jones (Georges Corraface), President (Cliff Robertson), Taslima (Valaria Golino), Commander Malloy (Stacy Keach), Hershe Las Palmas (Pam Grier), and Surgeon General of Beverly Hills (Bruce Campbell).


Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. Not a quality flick, but a 'fun' flick.

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