Time: 101 mins.
Genre: Action/Science Fiction
SYNOPSIS: Snake Plissken is once again called in by the United States government to recover a potential doomsday device from Los Angeles, now an autonomous island where undesirables are deported.
BOTTOM LINE: One of the few movie-going experiences where I actually wanted to demand my money back, with interest, for the hours wasted. Had I seen ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK before I went to the theater, I would have saved myself the aggravation. The lesson learned just because a film is a cult classic doesn't guarantee it's actually any good. What we have here is basically a retread of the first, but with snide jokes about Los Angeles instead of New York. Russell returns as the outlaw Snake Pliskin, the only decent thing to be found in the flick. It's too bad he's surrounded by a horrible plot, awful one-liners and special effects that were old in 1990, never mind 1996.
It seems the filmmakers were trying to evoke the look and feel of the original, but the only reason it was filmed that way was lack of funds. Where the millions of dollars went to make this movie must have been for the talent because it didn't go into the script. Snake is again forced to infiltrate a penal colony, this time the earthquake ravaged island of L.A. He encounters the usual scum, blows up stuff and barely escapes with his life. Carpenter tries to make this version as creepy and gritty as the first, unfortunately lightning didn't strike twice with this urban tale of death and dreariness. You'll want a lobotomy after seeing this film to remove the painful vision it leaves in your brain.