Snake Plissken is back, baby. The one-eyed miscreant with the devil-may-care attitude who escaped from New York with his attitude and hairstyle intact is ready to do it all again. In “Escape from L.A.” Kurt Russell reprises the role of Snake, which he
played lived in the, ahem, best film ever, “Escape from New York.”
Like “Aliens” or “The Empire Strikes Back” or “Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo,” this is one sequel that lives up to its predecessor. Los Angeles has finally had the really big earthquake everyone was afraid of, and what remains is now an island. Because the country’s ultra-righteous President-for-Life (Cliff Roberton) wants it that way, all the weirdos and freaks that previously inhabited New York in large numbers, and the rest of the U.S. in smaller concentrations, have been quarantined on the island of L.A. The president has Snake taken from the nice, decent prison he was living in for a special mission in L.A. Obviously there’s a girl involved. You see, the president’s daughter has joined the resistance movement determined to overthrow his one-man rule, and has stolen his secret “black box” (a doomsday machine) to boot. Adding to the drama, Snake is given a poison which will kill him in a few hours unless he returns to the president for the antidote. But first he has to complete his mission to recover the black box and kill the president’s daughter. Ladies, man. Tune in at 8 or 10:15 p.m. ET and see how Snake gets himself out of this one.
Tomorrow: “Pitch Black”
Watch the trailer for “Escape From LA” here and we’ll see you at 8/7c, no poison necessary:
“Escape From LA” airs on IFC on tonight at 8:00 PM ET and at 10:15 PM ET