Snake Plissken, futuristic outlaw of ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK fame, enters the island of Los Angeles (after THE earthquake) to retrieve a top-secret weapons device that, in the wrong hands, could destroy the world.
Fifteen years after John Carpenter squandered a great idea on a mediocre movie (Escape from New York
), he does it again--this time on the Left Coast. Kurt Russell is back as the terminally cynical one-eyed action hero Snake Plissken who, this time, has been coerced into saving the world in Los Angeles. It's 2013 and L.A. is now an island maximum-security prison off the coast of California. Snake has 10 hours to find a doomsday weapon that's fallen into the hands of revolutionaries before he dies of a virus with which he's been injected. But the action is clumsy and unimaginative: lots of shootouts and very little suspense. Even the bad guys aren't particularly inventive; only Pam Grier, as a transsexual gang leader, strikes any sparks. Russell growls his way through the role but can only blame himself: He cowrote the script with Carpenter. --Marshall Fine
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