Escape from L.A.
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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 of L.A. The president has Snake taken from the nice, decent prison he was living in for a special… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 53%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Enjoyable in a playful way"
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"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."
‑ Christopher Harris, Globe and Mail
"Violent, semi-spoofy action sequel is too dark for kids."
‑ Charles Cassady, Common Sense Media
"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."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"A deliciously campy send-up of everything we love to hate about the Left Coast and the entertainment biz."
‑ Martin Scribbs, Low IQ Canadian
"The special effects vary from OK to lame to very lame."
‑ Jeff Millar, Houston Chronicle
"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."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"...for all its commotion, the movie never catches fire."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"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."
‑ Chuck O'Leary, Fantastica Daily
"Sequels have reached an all-time low"
‑ Clint Morris, Film Threat
"Dark, percussive and perversely fun."
‑ Peter Stack, San Francisco Chronicle
"A poetic pulp movie made with joy."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Escape from L.A. finds Carpenter in a playful mood."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"Diverting for the 100 minutes it runs, but once they're up, it is instantly forgettable."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Self-conscious sequel is a wipe-out."
‑ Gerry Shamray, Sun Newspapers of Cleveland
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