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Escape from L.A.

By Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Violent, semi-spoofy action sequel is too dark for kids.

Movie R 1996 101 minutes
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It almost helps not to have seen the earlier Escape From New York (1981) to enjoy this ludicrous sci-fi actioner. Even though supposedly a sequel, Escape from L.A. is more akin to an alternative version of the original (like YA author Gary Paulsen's published what-if riffs of his classic novel Hatchet). Hot-and-cold running filmmaker John Carpenter hits absolutely the same marks subplot-for-subplot, character-for-character, only with quirky West Coast substitutes, i.e. a ghoulish Beverly Hills gang/cult addicted to plastic surgery, who cut up fellow Angelenos for spare parts. There's a visibly bigger budget, yet the CGI f/x are stiff and fake-looking. The social satire and cynicism of the first movie are also cranked up high, especially hostility toward Christians -- but at least the knowingly over-the-top stunts, absurdity, and weirdos make it easier to laugh this one off.

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