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John Carpenter's Escape from L.A.
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Human Rating: 3 / 5 Alien Rating: Crop Circle

The more things change the more they stay the same.

I must admit to enjoying this movie more than I should have: it really is a bad movie. But it is also a fun movie as Kurt Russell re-does his Snake Plissken role (basically a Hell's Angel meets Dirty Harry) and is sent off on a dangerous mission in Los Angeles which, after a giant earthquake, is an island separated from mainland America. It has been turned into a high-tech prison into which social outcasts and criminals are unceremoniously dumped by the new Christian right-wing government. Less serious than its predecessor, it is basically a re-make of John Carpenter's Escape from New York (1981). (Can you believe it that that movie is now almost sixteen years old!) Not exactly the movie that would rescue John Carpenter's (Halloween, Dark Star (1973)) sagging career, but it makes for an entertaining Saturday matinee show nonetheless. Whatever you do, don't miss the last ten minutes of this movie. Enuff said!
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