Escape from L.A.

KURT RUSSELL RETURNS AS OUTLAW HERO SNAKE PLISSKEN IN THIS THRILL-A-MINUTE SEQUEL TO THE HIT FUTURISTIC ADVENTURE ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK.Kurt Russell reprises his role as Snake Plissken, of the near-future thriller Escape from New York, in this reworking of that film’s basic premise. Instead of New York being a maximum-security prison, this time it’s L.A., which through the agency of earthquakes has become an island of the damned. This penal colony is where the film’s future rulers, something very like the Moral Majority, send those deemed guilty of “moral crimes.” But something has gone wrong in this new moral order, because the President’s daughter has absconded to L.A. with a detonation device, and Snake is commandeered to retrieve it. The film’s dark dystopia, with its satrical elements taking aim at our dwindling freedoms, and the eclipsing of democracy by narrow interests, are more the subject this time. As a result the action suffers, and the plot devices are sometimes weak an

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