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Ok so I am a huge fan of the original movie, and also I am a massive John Carpenter fan. I had heard some pretty bad things about this sequel and I have to say that I was disappointed. The reason for my disappointment is just that it is a very pointless film. The reason for that is because it is just a  rehash of the first film. There is nothing really new to add at all to the characters or the story. Which does seem a huge shame because if they really put some effort in, this could have been great. The plot is almost identical in that Snake Plissken is called upon once again and given a deal to save his life. He is in trouble with the law again but they say they will give him his freedom if he goes and rescues the presidents daughter, who has joined a freedom fighter in the cut off island of L.A. She has also stolen a super weapon that can destroy electronics anywhere on the planet.

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Snake is still fun to watch as are some of the action sequences. I hate to say it, but I actually enjoyed the ridiculous surfing scene, its just silly and hilarious but somehow fun. This is nowhere near as good as the original but on the whole just comes off with enough fun stuff to make in an average film. It really is a shame that they didn’t take more time to make a more original idea than just remake the first movie. Having said that, its still worth a watch. On its own its a decent movie but because of its un originality compared to the first its kind of a disappointment.

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Well, it’s yet another re watch for me here. I really enjoy showing movies to friends and this was one a friend hadn’t seen. Well John Carpenter is probably  my all time favourite director, if I really had to choose. The film is set in a bleak future where crime has got out of control. The government has decided to turn the whole Manhattan island into a giant walled in prison where prisoners are left to their own devices. Things go haywire though when the presidents plane crashes inside the huge island and the president is taken hostage. Desperate to resolve the situation and get the president back, the authorities send in a recently caught prisoner named Snake Plissken. they offer Plissken immunity for his crimes if he can get he president back, if not then after the timer runs out Snake will die from the implants they have injected into him.

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Kurt Russell is perfect as the tough guy and plays it so well. Snake is seriously one of the all time cool bad ass characters from the movies. The acting is all top notch here with some Carpenter favourites like Donald Pleasence and Adrienne Barbeau. The overall feel of grimness in this movie is amazing, helped by the great music score.

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Well, I love this movie, its one of Carpenters best. But then again I love nearly all of John Carpenters work. I think it’s because he has crossed a lot of genres and made great movies in nearly all of them. He is very good at utilising a budget too, for instance this movie is actually quite a low-budget film, but he makes it look amazing with what he has to work with. Check this one out  if you  like sci-fi and action.