History Film / EscapeFromLA

22nd Oct '17 7:05:58 PM nombretomado
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** By real-world standards, the hang gliders used to ambush the movie's CheGuevara clone stay aloft far too long, evidently floating on RuleOfCool.

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** By real-world standards, the hang gliders used to ambush the movie's CheGuevara UsefulNotes/CheGuevara clone stay aloft far too long, evidently floating on RuleOfCool.
26th Jun '17 4:31:11 PM overman2099
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* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Played with and subverted. The President's daughter runs off with revolutionary Cuervo Jones because she thinks he's doing the right thing by opposing her father's theocracy. However, once she actually witnesses him committing some very unfair, violent, and murderous deeds, she decides she wants no more to do with him and sides with Snake.
15th Jun '17 2:19:35 PM Miracle@StOlaf
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* BadassLongcoat: Snake wears it.

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* BadassLongcoat: Snake wears it.one until it's stolen by a random thug. He makes a point to retrieve it upon later finding the thug's dead body.
--> "I'll take my coat back now, asshole."



* CombatPragmatist: "Nobody draws until this hits the ground."

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* CombatPragmatist: "Nobody draws until this hits the ground." ''*BLAM! BLAM!*'' "...Draw."
15th Jun '17 2:16:36 PM Miracle@StOlaf
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* StrawCharacter: Played on both ends, as Snake finds himself in the middle of a presidential KnightTemplar in control of a national, overly-militarized police force and a WellIntentionedExtremist uniting terrorists against him. The former is a little less straw-y in hindsight, as modern law enforcement has been criticized in recent years for being [[LifeImitatesArt overly militarized]].

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* StrawCharacter: Played on both ends, as Snake finds himself in the middle of a presidential KnightTemplar in control of a national, overly-militarized police force and a WellIntentionedExtremist uniting terrorists against him. The former is a little less straw-y in hindsight, him; [[EvilVersusEvil both are presented as modern law enforcement has been criticized in recent years for being [[LifeImitatesArt overly militarized]].equally terrible options]], and AntiHero Snake refuses to side with either of them.
15th Jun '17 1:06:58 AM Bootlebat
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* SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale: In the film it is said everyone who isn't Christian gets deported to the island. According to most polls that would be about 30 percent of the population, or about 100 million people. In an island the size of Los Angeles. Logically it should be PACKED but it has a far amount of empty space in the film.
16th May '17 5:48:59 PM HyperEmerson
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* BaitAndSwitch: The film follows much of the same plot beats from the original, but with a few twists. For instance, when Snake is captured and forced into the local gladiator games, we see a muscular guy brutalizing some schmucks like in the first film... and a deadly game of basketball, which is what the story goes with.
13th Mar '17 12:43:46 PM Mr.Bubbles
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* RegionalRedecoration: The entire situation began on August 23, 2000, when a massive earthquake hit Los Angeles. The San Fernando valley flooded, turning everything between Malibu and Anaheim into an island. The future PresidentEvil uses this as part of his campaign platform, saying L.A. has been punished by God.
7th Mar '17 8:29:05 AM Laqueesha
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In 2013, America has become even more {{dystopia}}n than it was in the earlier film: A [[ChurchMilitant theocratic]] [[TheFundamentalist fundamentalist]] [[StrawCharacter Christian]] President (Cliff Robertson) has taken over control of the country, and UsefulNotes/LosAngeles has become a [[WretchedHive penal colony/no man's land/landfill/roach motel]] after breaking off of the US thanks to [[AfterTheEnd The Big One]]. As the film begins, an airplane escape pod has crash-landed in Los Angeles; this pod carried the President's daughter, Utopia (A. J. Langer), who has since sided with [[BigBad Cuervo Jones]] and taken the United State's super weapon -- a device that controls "The Sword of Damocles" satellite system, which would let the President hit any country in the world with an electromagnetic pulse -- with her. Snake Plissken (Creator/KurtRussell) is back as the President drafts Snake into entering Los Angeles, retrieving the device, and executing his daughter for treason. His reward for a successful mission will be a full pardon...as well as an antidote to a virus injected into him to ensure his compliance, of course.

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In 2013, America has become even more {{dystopia}}n than it was in the earlier film: A [[ChurchMilitant theocratic]] [[TheFundamentalist fundamentalist]] [[StrawCharacter Christian]] President (Cliff Robertson) has taken over control of the country, and UsefulNotes/LosAngeles has become a [[WretchedHive penal colony/no man's land/landfill/roach motel]] after breaking off of the US thanks to [[AfterTheEnd The Big One]]. As the film begins, an airplane escape pod has crash-landed in Los Angeles; this pod carried the President's daughter, Utopia (A. J. Langer), who has since sided with [[BigBad Cuervo Jones]] and taken the United State's States' super weapon -- a device that controls "The Sword of Damocles" satellite system, which would let the President hit any country in the world with an electromagnetic pulse -- with her. Snake Plissken (Creator/KurtRussell) is back as the President drafts Snake into entering Los Angeles, retrieving the device, and executing his daughter for treason. His reward for a successful mission will be a full pardon...as well as an antidote to a virus injected into him to ensure his compliance, of course.
16th Feb '17 2:10:14 PM LuciaMoore
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** The big threatening MacGuffin in the movie is the "Sword of Damocles", a network of space [=EMPs=] that will send the world back to the stone-age. In reality, most old technology is not susceptible to EMP disruption, and new tech can be shielded against such vulnerabilities. Considering the modern US military does for its equipment, it's reasonable to assume future-government tech should be able to shrug off such an attack.

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** The big threatening MacGuffin in the movie is the "Sword of Damocles", a network of space [=EMPs=] that will send the world back to the stone-age. EMP works by causing any metal it passes through to generate an electrical charge, however the strength of that charge depends on the size and length of the metal the EMP hits. Systems connected to miles of copper wire would take extremely powerful voltage spikes, but smaller electronics such as cell phones, watches, and smaller computers are actually immune to an EMP because they don't contain large enough wires to attenuate enough of the pulse. In reality, most old technology essence, only large, unshielded devices (like modern cars and some aircraft) would be sufficiently damaged by an EMP to be completely unusable. In other words, an EMP is not susceptible to EMP disruption, and new tech can be shielded against such vulnerabilities. Considering the modern US military does for its equipment, it's reasonable to assume future-government tech should be able to shrug off such an attack.a reliable method of disabling electronics on a wide scale.
6th Feb '17 3:02:35 AM Morgenthaler
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* {{Hologram}}: For his government-mandated mission to the future hellhole of Los Angeles island, Snake is given a device that projects a holographic image of himself to fool enemies. [[spoiler:Notably, he uses it in the climax to fool the dictorial U.S. President.]]
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