The Hunger Games return with such a sequel twist that you can't believe writer Suzanne Collins didn't think of film when writing. Catching Fire builds up with all types of subversive messaging which is interesting but also brings into relief the limitations of the genre and film.
Snake still wearing the same outfit from Escape From New York
Escape from L.A. begins with narration explaining how Los Angeles has been turned into a prison island. They house criminals and all people that commit a moral crime to the United States of America. The scene shifts to the border station keeping watch over L.A. Snake Plissken has been captured again while other people are being deported to the island.
Snake is escorted to meet the President. On the way he sees convicts given a chance to redeem themselves by electric chair. A female soldier scratches his hand as they pass each other. The guards escort Snake into a room where he talks to the President, Commander Malloy, and Brazen. They show him a video of Utopia, the President's daughter, making demands on a presidential plane before ejecting into L.A. He is coerced to retrieve the briefcase and to stop Cuervo Jones. They tell him that he has been injected with a Plutoxin 7 virus that will kill him in 10 hours unless he completes the mission. Snake suits up in a stealth suit, gets his guns back, tracker, paralysis dart, hologram emitter, and an automatic rifle. Before heading into the submersible, he shoots at Malloy and Brazen. The first clip was just blanks so he enters the submersible.
Sub view of Snake
The one man submarine darts off through the water. Snake full throttles the engines until he barely makes it onto the shore of L.A. A gang watch him from where his sub sank. He meets Pipeline as he walks further into L.A. Pipeline recognizes Snake and asks him some questions. Snake ignores everything and keeps walking.
Snake walks through a couple of streets of hookers as he follows the beacon from one of the men in the infiltration team. Inside a building the beacon signals from a man hanging off the wall. Several knifes are stuck in the man as a Skinhead takes one out. He wagers to Snake, who ignores him. Snake leaves into an alley while the Skinhead follows him. He's about to throw a knife at Snake when Snake shoots him with the rifle mid step.
He walks to a gathering and finds Cuervo Jones is having a parade of his imminent success over the USA. Utopia rides alongside him in a car adorned with a menagerie of doll heads and a disco ball. A guard detail ride behind him on motorcycles. Snake commandeers one of the bikes and rides an outside path. As he lines up a shot one of the motor guards hit his rifle with a chain. He proceeds to wrap the chain around a piece of the bike so Snake brakes the bike. The guard flies of his bike. Snake drives and ramps off onto the bed of a truck. He shoots his way through the guards and jumps from vehicle to vehicle. Cuervo throws a bola at Snake and it wraps around his neck. He falls off the truck and becomes surrounded by four goons. He suggests Bangkok rules, where no one draws their gun until the can hits the ground, picks up an empty can, and throws it up in the air. As they look up he quickly shoots the four thugs. He runs away leaving his coat behind.
At a small house next to a sign that says 'map to the stars', Snake takes a breather. Map to the Stars Eddie greets Snake and offers his map of L.A. for $50,000. Snake interrogates Eddie for Cuervo's location and leaves. Later on he sees an ambulance that captures people. He hides in a bush, where Taslima tells him to be quiet or find another bush. Snake walks out onto the road where a cloaked figure stares at him. He stares back until he realizes it's a trap. There is another cloaked figure off to the side who shoots a net at Snake. He becomes imprisoned as well as Taslima. They wake up inside of the Surgeon General's base. Many figures inside are plastic surgery nightmares that need to transplant fresh victims often. The Surgeon General of Beverly Hills sizes up Taslima and Snake. He prepares to cut out Snake's good eye so he shoots the paralysis dart into the surgeon's forehead. As he falls down he cuts Snake's restraints free. Snake quickly escapes, grabs a gun, and holds the Surgeon hostage. He demands one of the cronies to grab his guns, and to set Taslima free. They comply and he head butts the Surgeon before escaping.
Land of the Free
They run through the sewers until they part ways amicably. He hands her a gun after she tries seducing him. Shortly after she catches up with him on a freeway. She has a speech about how they are free on the island and that it isn't so bad when she gets shot. He holds her for a moment before she dies. Korean gangsters are shooting at the new refuges and Snake. He makes his way down as Eddie drives up besides him. He holds up his pistol at Eddie to tell him where Cuervo Jones is. Eddie uses tranquilizing darts from the secret compartment in the glove box. Snake falls asleep as Eddie tells him that the car belongs to Cuervo Jones.
Snake wakes up in Cuervo Jones' lair as an explanation of how to use the use the doomsday weapon. It is an electromagnetic pulse by satellites via remote. Cuervo makes a speech to the President to have a helicopter go to Happyland or else he'll EMP the United States of America. To prove his threat he EMPs the Whitehouse. Shortly thereafter he sends Snake to the Basketball court of death. The game is simple, he just has to earn 10 points with 5 2-point shots. He has 10 seconds in between each basket and must alternate between the two baskets. He starts with a lay up, makes an inside shot, next a little farther away, then a half court shot, and finishes with a full court lob. The crowd cheers for Snake as Cuervo lines up his rifle. Utopia knocks the rifle up before Cuervo shoots. Snake escapes over the court fence to outside the arena. Cuervo chases him so Snake makes a car bomb. That distracts Cuervo giving Snake time to take the briefcase, grab a gun and go into the sewer. Utopia follows after Snake, he lines up his rifle at her. It becomes abundantly clear to Utopia that he wasn't sent in to save her. Snake changes his mind and tells her to run away. Eddie sneaks behind firing a gun, he found above, at Snake. An earthquake happens at the moment he fires so Snake's leg is hit. Snake falls further into the sewer, Eddie grabs the briefcase, and the tunnel collapses. Utopia and Eddie go back up. Eddie gives Cuervo the briefcase, tells him that he killed Snake. Cuervo doesn't believe him and wants him to find Snake's body.
Another Snake reunion
The sewer line leads Snake into a trench with Pipeline waiting for a tsunami. Pipeline gives Snake a surfboard and the two ride the wave. At the same time Eddie is driving by so Snake jumps onto the back of the car. He takes control of the car therefore Eddie has a change of heart. Eddie suggests to Snake that he should go to Hershe Las Palmas at a tanker on land. Once inside Snake recognizes Hershe as Carjack Malone. Carjack left Snake in Cleveland during a heist. Snake shows Hershe that he's not fooled by finding a gun between his legs. The proposition of 10 million bluebacks and stopping Cuervo convinces Hershe to help Snake. Eddie uses some of Hershe's red nail polish on his tour guide disc.
They take off on hang gliders to Happy land. A black helicopter lands at Happy land so the pilots get mobbed by Cuervo's gang. Eddie lands first, talks to Cuervo, and distracts everyone. He then makes a switch with his tour guide remote with the EMP remote. Snake, Hershe and her group rain death from above with machine guns. Everybody lands then Snake fights Cuervo for the remote. He eventually overtakes Cuervo and takes the remote. Snake retrieves his coat from one of Cuervo's thugs. The group enters the helicopter with Utopia as well. Snake makes Eddie give him the original remote. They take off in the bulletproof helicopter but it's attached to a car by rope. Hershe shoots the rope off so Cuervo aims a missile launcher at the helicopter. Eddie shoots Cuervo in the chest but ends up jumping off before the missile hits. The missile hits the side of the helicopter wiping out Hershe's gang. Leaving only Snake and Utopia in the front alive as they fly toward the base.
The helicopter races past the base. Snake puts a remote in Utopia's pocket as she jumps off then the helicopter crashes. The President's entourage appears at the site looking for Snake. Snake stands there demanding his cure. He looks at his countdown clock as it ticks down to 0. The President smiles while Commander Malloy explains that Plutoxin 7 is just the flu. A couple of the guards come towards the President with Utopia. They take the remote off her and the President condemns his daughter to the electric chair. The President quickly sets up his speech to threaten Cuba from invading. He sets the code to disable Cuba and finds the remote is Eddie's tour. Angered by this he orders Snake to be shot. After a short while they see he is stand standing unaffected so Commander Malloy goes straight to Snake. He uses the butt of his rifle against Snake so it goes straight through. They prepare to look for him so Snake inputs the code of 666. He EMPs the world with the satellites in orbit. Snake finds a soft pack with one cigarette inside. He lights it up, takes a drag, and says "Welcome to the human race."