5/10

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Runtime: 101 min

Genres: Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi | Thriller

Languages: English

Countries: USA


Kurt Russell reprises his role as Snake Plissken, of the near-future thriller Escape from New York, in this reworking of that film's basic premise. Instead of New York being a maximum-security prison, this time it's L.A., which through the agency of earthquakes has become an island of the damned. This penal colony is where the film's future rulers, something very like the Moral Majority, send those deemed guilty of "moral crimes." But something has gone wrong in this new moral order, because the President's daughter has absconded to L.A. with a detonation device, and Snake is commandeered to retrieve it. The film's dark dystopia, with its satrical elements taking aim at our dwindling freedoms, and the eclipsing of democracy by narrow interests, are more the subject this time. As a result the action suffers, and the plot devices are sometimes weak and predictable. But just below the surface there is a coiled Snake ready to strike. Steve Buscemi's performance as a weasely hawker of L.A. tour maps is a standout, and the presence of Peter Fonda and Pam Grier adds to the fun. In fact, just the sight of Fonda surfing down the flooded corridor of Sunset Boulevard is reason enough to check this movie out. --Jim Gay



Directors (1)

Writers (4)

Debra Hill (written by) &
John Carpenter (written by) &
Kurt Russell (written by)
Nick Castle (characters)

Editors (1)

Cinematographers (1)

Actors (40)

A.J. Langer Utopia
Al Leong Hershe Gang Member (uncredited)
Angela Torrez Parker Hooker (uncredited)
Breckin Meyer Surfer
Brian Freifield Hanging Victim (uncredited)
Bruce Campbell Surgeon General of Beverly Hills
Caroleen Feeney Woman on Freeway
Cliff Robertson President
David Perrone US Cleric Justice
Deirdre O'Brien Punker Girl (uncredited)
Gabriel Castillo Mescalito
Georges Corraface Cuervo Jones (as George Corraface)
Ina Romeo Hooker
Isaac Hayes Guard at Basketball Court (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
James Lew Hershe Gang Member (uncredited)
Jeff Imada Saigon Shadow
John Sencio Skinhead in Alley (uncredited)
Johnny Torres Mescalito (uncredited)
Jordan Baker Police Anchor
Joseph B. Henry Black Gang Member (uncredited)
Kathleen Blanchard Female Narrator (voice)
Kurt Russell Snake Plissken
Leland Orser Test Tube
Michelle Forbes Brazen
Nick Danger Himself (uncredited)
Pam Grier Hershe Las Palmas
Paul Bartel Congressman
Peter Fonda Pipeline
Peter Jason Duty Sergeant
Robert Carradine Skinhead
Shelly Desai Cloaked Figure
Stacy Keach Cmdr. Malloy
Steve Buscemi Map to the Stars Eddie
Thomas Rosales Jr. Gang Member (uncredited)
Tom McNulty Officer
Valeria Golino Taslima
Vivicca A. Whitsett Bitch Gang Leader (uncredited)
William Luduena Mescalito
William Peña Jacket Mescalito
Wyatt Russell Orphan Boy (uncredited)