Critics' Corner

Esther Iverem - Style section, "Tries but fails to be an action-hero flick or even a parody of one."

Desson Howe - Weekend section, "Enjoyable in a playful way."


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'Escape From L.A.'

Scene from this movie In this sequel to "Escape From New York," "Snake" Plissken, a eye patch-wearing tough guy, is summoned again by dark-suited government powers. It seems the presidentís renegade daughter, Utopia, has stolen the key to a doomsday device and escaped to Los Angeles. The city, surrounded by a natural moat, has become a de facto holding cell for angry dissidents, including Utopiaís warlord-boyfriend, Cuervo Jones.

Snake refuses to retrieve the key until the president informs him that he has been infected with a fatal virus. He has nine hours to live. If he completes the mission in time, the government will give him an instant cure. -- Desson Howe
Rated R


Director: John Carpenter
Cast: Kurt Russell; Donald Pleasence; Cliff Robertson; Stacy Keach; A.J. Langer; George Corraface; Peter Fonda; Valeria Golino; Pam Grier; Steve Buscemi
Running Time: 1 hour, 50 minutes
Filmographies: Kurt Russell; Pam Grier; Steve Buscemi; Stacy Keach; Valeria Golino