Escape from L. A. review

Snake Plissken is once again caught, and once again offered a deal. He must recover a potential doomsday device from a known terrorist in L. A., home of the undesirables.

In 2013, L. A. is now a place where undesirables are deported. Unlike New York which functions as a prison, L. A. is just a dumping ground for people the USA has deemed “undesirable”, which means the people they send there might not even have committed a crime; if New York is still being used a prison, then it might stand to reason no one in L. A. has committed a crime. The city gets “Prostitutes, atheists, runaways…” and later we get that the USA has “No smoking… drinking… drugs… guns… foul language…”. It seems the USA’s land of the free is ruled with an iron fist. Some of the children we see as we presume to be runaways, look like they’ve been abused, and therefore ran away from that, maybe even knowing that L. A. would be a better place than home.

Snake’s caught and is offered a familiar deal. Get into some awful place, recover something, and get out before time is up otherwise he’ll die. More of Snakes moral side is shown in this movie, but still remains the uncaring hero we met in the last movie; not caring about the wars or people around him, just carrying on through life. The characters aren’t as all lively this time around either, except for the character of “Map to the Stars Eddie”.seems a lot like New York, but seems a lot more degrading. The constant aftershocks of the earthquake that separated them from the USA, are always causing the buildings to shift and fall. There seems little of its own world this time around, we do see people and are told that there are gangs, but we only really see the main one, which it seems everyone is under, the group governed by Cuervo Jones. It was slightly disappointing not to see the city feel more alive with different gangs.

L. A. seems a lot like New York, but seems a lot more degrading. The constant aftershocks of the earthquake that separated them from the USA, are always causing the buildings to shift and fall. There seems little of its own world this time around, we do see people and are told that there are gangs, but we only really see the main one, which it seems everyone is under, the group governed by Cuervo Jones. It was slightly disappointing not to see the city feel more alive with different gangs.

The movie is entertaining and follows the same formula as the first movie. While the first movie remains my favourite of the 2, this film is still action packed film with a fun lead character, and is worth a watch.

7/10

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