Escape from L.A.

Escape from L.A. ★★★½

I don't know who the hell thought it was a good idea to fund an Escape From New York sequel fifteen years later but I want to thank them because it's well worth the wait. With a wink to the camera Carpenter essentially remakes the same movie as Snake himself admits he's embarking on the same suicide mission by fighting both hooligans and a ticking clock to complete the mission, this time in the ruins of Los Angeles. The film is at it's best when Snake is shooting up motorcycle riding bad guys on masterfully built sets or in a plastic surgeon's dungeon at the Beverly Hilton about to be dissected by a Stretch Armstrong Bruce Campbell. If you haven't caught on casting is amazing with Steve Buscemi as fast talking Map To The Stars Eddie, Pam Grier being the gorgeous badass that we only know her to be and Russell hasn't aged a fucking day! The CGI is the film's greatest hinderance as it's so horendous that it's distracting. You could say the movie's over the top which it is, too many extreme sports sequences for my taste, but it's pure schlock that only Carpenter can make and it's wonderful. You can't take your eyes off the screen and that's the kind of movies I want to see!

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