Escape from L.A.
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It's 16 years after Snake Plissken's rescue of the President in New York. Now, a different President is in power and declares the United States to be a land of moral superiority: no smoking, no red meat, no freedom of religion and no unapproved marriages. A massive earthquake has hit Los Angeles, leaving it in ruins and completely surrounded by water. From this new island hell rises an army of discontent, led by brutal South American revolutionary Cuervo Jones. L.A. has become an anarchist state. The President deports all immoral (and therefore criminal) citizens of the U.S to the City… 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, Your Movies (
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