Escape From L.A. (1996) Movie Review


Escape From L.A. (1996)

1996 | R | Thriller, Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure
101 minutes /

User Score: 60/100

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Escape From L.A. Review


Snake Plissken is once again called in by the United States government to recover a potential doomsday device from Los Angeles, now an autonomous island where undesirables are deported.

Escape From L.A. (1996) is an American science fiction action adventure movie that is also known as John Carpenter‘s Escape From L.A. (1996). Director John Carpenter (Halloween (1978), Escape from New York (1981), They Live (1988)) did not put his best foot forward in this movie but still manages to excel. There were major goofs in this movie that cannot be missed. Three of the goofs from the numerous amounts I found was: 1. the sun was rising as Snake and the others were making their way to the Happy Kingdom amusement park and it was night time about 30 minutes later. 2. The bazooka was empty towards the end of the movie to the point where you can see through the barrel and then the bazooka was being used, firing shots about less than five seconds later. 3. the time shown on the wristwatch was 6 hours 59 minutes and the time told was 7 hours and 30 minutes left.

Escape From L.A. was a realistic watch that contains a real life crisis. An earthquake hits Los Angeles in 2000 and caused Malibu - Anaheim to turn into an island. The President (Cliff Robertson - Spider-Man (2002), Spider-Man 2 (2004), Spider-Man 3 (2007), Rod Brown of the Rocket Rangers (1953)) says that that part of California is sinful and God has punished them. He made up a new law called Moral American, and anyone that does not obey the new law can either be exiled to the Los Angeles island or be electrocuted to death. The new law states that you cannot consume alcohol, eat red meat, have a non-marital sexual relationship, use tobacco, use bad language, use firearms, and atheism.

The President’s daughter Utopia (A.J. Langer - The People Under the Stairs (1991), It’s Like, You Know… (1999), Meet the Deedles (1998)) was tricked by Cuervo Jones in 2013. Cuervo Jones (Georges Corraface - A Touch of Spice (2003), Peppermint (1999), La pasión turca (1994)) brainwashed Utopia into giving him her father’s remote control for the Sword of Damocles. The Sword of Damocles is a device that can destroy electronics anywhere via satellite. Utopia ran away to meet Cuervo, who plans on taking back America from the President. The President does not have much options as Cuervo plans on shutting off the electricity if the President intrudes.

The President offered criminal Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell - The Thing (1982), Stargate (1994), Death Proof (2007), Grindhouse (2007)) to retrieve the device and be pardoned. The President made it clear that his daughter is a traitor, and he does not care if she comes back dead or alive. Snake has exactly ten hours to find Cuervo because he has been injected with a man-made Plutoxin 7 virus. He will die in ten hours if he does not find Cuervo and will be cured of the virus if he does.

It was a great movie to watch and recommend everyone to at least watch this movie once with an open mind because it displays almost everything that is wrong with our world today. Viewers do have to watch this movie with an open mind, or there will be too many nitpicking. The action scene was a treat, and I enjoyed the action scene tremendously. The screenplay could have been better with fewer plot holes and goofs. The characters all did a wonderful job with their roles. The special effects rock but was not excellent. The cinematographer did a really good job.

About Escape From L.A. 1996

Title: Escape From L.A.
Original Title: John Carpenter's Escape from L.A.
AKA: Escape from L.A.
Year: 1996
Runtime: 101 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Thriller, Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure
Score: 3 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3/5 stars from 10 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 10
MPAA Rating: R
Starring: Bruce Campbell, Thomas Rosales Jr., Kurt Russell, Peter Jason, Pam Grier, Leland Orser, Steve Buscemi, Al Leong, Robert Carradine, Jeff Imada, Leo Lee, Stuart Quan, Peter Fonda, Stacy Keach, James Lew, Breckin Meyer, Isaac Hayes, Paul Bartel, Cliff Robertson, Kathleen Blanchard, Wyatt Russell, A.J. Langer, Bojesse Christopher, Ina Romeo, Deirdre O'Brien, Shelly Desai, Michele Edison, William Luduena, Curtis Newman, Gabriel Castillo
Writers: John Carpenter, Nick Castle, Debra Hill, Kurt Russell
Director: John Carpenter

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