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Escape From L.A.  [DVD]
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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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Blu-ray picture looks great in HD (USA import)
Features are a little lacking there is only a trailer,
Region Free plays in the UK, 100-mins, 1996.
On a more considered level, there's a lot going on, politically.
Right up to the end, it is not clear on which side John Carpenter is standing - if he is standing anywhere - nor the intended take-home message.
From the start, it is clear that Carpenter is vilifying, among other things, a certain kind of extreme theocratic Christianity. In the USA, that is a hugely political thing to attempt to do. The film bombed at the box-office and perhaps this is part of the reason. The anti-Christian message is pretty well to the fore. For example, the President is portrayed throughout the film as a lunatic who will kill his own daughter - who "needs to pray" and who clutches a Bible. For some people, that will be offensive.
However, we don't find spiritual or ideological refuge in the opposing side either!
The President's opposite number, the leader of the prisoners on Los Angeles island, is a Che Guevara lookalike, called Cuervo Jones - who initially seems like some kind of hip Third World alternative, until we discover that he likes to murder people for fun in the disused sporting arena.
While the prisoners on Los Angeles island are leading a much "freer" existence than the inhabitants of the US mainland - unlike the mainlanders, they can smoke, drink alcohol, eat red meat, own guns and wear fur coats - they are not using their freedom in any constructive way.
For example, on landing on the island, the first thing Snake Plissken finds them doing is machine-gunning each other out of car windows.Read more ›
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a CLASSIC kurt russel thriller, comes HIGHLY recommended to everyone...Published 1 month ago by cinemafan007
classic JOHN CARPENTER movie plenty of action and the cool KURT RUSSELL what more could you ask for would recommendPublished 2 months ago by butch
In a few words: nostalgic , entertaining , good fun from the pre-cgi-era.Published 2 months ago by R. O. Hellmann
John carpenter what else is there to say..... its brillPublished 3 months ago by Lennox Braithwaite