''Date Night'' is the latest in a long line of films that show a lot can happen in 24 hours or less; it's more than enough time to fall in love, come of age, fight off zombies, battle terrorists...
Escape from New York
It's 1997. Manhattan has become a maximum-security prison. And the President of the United States has been captured by a powerful gang lord, just 24 hours before he was due to meet with the Soviets to end World War III. The government sends in mega-criminal Snake Plissken (a never-cooler Kurt Russell) to rescue the President. Dystopian badassery ensues. Director John Carpenter tried to repeat the 24-hours-in-a-ruined-metropolis plot with 1996's Escape from L.A. The results were not so pretty. Darren Franich
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