1 Days Left to Support a Troper-Created Project : Personal Space (discuss)

YMMV / Escape from L.A.

  • Anvilicious: While the satire in New York was a lot less specific and aimed more for a general dark look at what future society could become, L.A. goes way into specifics in terms of having an ultra-evil conservative president and some of the most obvious satirical jabs at L.A. culture.
  • Broken Base / Contested Sequel: Some people think the movie's a piece of garbage, others think it's just as good as Escape from New York, and still others actually think it's better (Rumor has it that last camp includes John Carpenter himself).
  • Crowning Music of Awesome:
  • Inferred Holocaust: Snake Plissken stops all electricity, all over the Earth. Actually, it does not seem like anyone could really consider there to be any "winners" in that movie, unless you think that cutting the power was going to stop the worldnote  from tearing itself apart. Though, given that Snake's action effectively terminated the United States as a functioning political entity, it's likely that those guards would have more reason to shoot the president instead of his daughter for getting them into their situation than her. A healthy young woman would have more value in the After the End world to come than a crackpot ex-president.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Cliff Robertson, who played the President, would be better known to modern audiences as Uncle Ben, a role as far removed from this one as it gets.
    • In Christopher Columbus The Discovery, George Corraface played the title character, who allegedly discovered America. In Escape From LA, Corraface played Cuervo Jones, who wants to take over America.
    • Bankok has apparently been renamed New Vegas.
    • The President's delivery of the line "You didn't finish the mission, Snake" makes him sound a lot like Colonel Campbell.
    • The remotes ("Everyone's got one") are highly reminiscent of Smartphones (though in a Zeerusty way).
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • Talisma reveals that she was persecuted and ultimately rejected from society for being a Muslim. Sadly, Truth in Television for many Muslims today.
    • The "tsunami surfing" scene's humor falls a bit flat in the wake of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake or the 2011 tsunami that hit Japan.
    • Snake shutting down the world is both this and hilarious on account of the recent Ice Storm in Ontario 2013. It's a double whammy since Canada was the original Escape Plan in New York, and this movie taking place in a fictional 2013.
  • It Was His Sled: Snake hits the entire world with the EMP.
  • Moral Event Horizon: The President has already proven himself a fundamentalist lunatic who purposely introduced a tyrannical new regime in the United States and views the rest of the world as scum to be destroyed. He later shows that he was serious about the orders he gave Snake when he orders his own daughter killed by electrocution even after her return to the mainland, visibly disgusting even Snake.
  • Narm Charm:
    • Snake surfing a tsunami down a spillway. Incredibly stupid, and incredibly awesome.
  • Special Effects Failure: The opening destruction shots of L.A are not very convincing, even for the time. Not to mention some of the poor green screen shots (Snake surfing anyone?)
  • One-Scene Wonder: Bruce Campbell as the Surgeon General of Beverly Hills.