Escape Plan Synopsis
When a structural-security authority finds himself set up and incarcerated in the world’s most secret and secure prison, he has to use his skills to escape with help from the inside.
Escape Plan Review
So what we have with this movie which has people talking because it stars Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger together is a rather strange concoction of a movie, it’s somewhat an action movie with the odd bit of very dry humour thrown in, with a twist of something that I really can’t put my finger on!
There certainly seems to be those moments when you find yourself thinking, “Hey this isn’t that bad”, but then you find yourself moments later thinking, “Get on with it already!”.
Whilst an enjoyable movie for the most part, the storyline does have a point of going slightly off and throwing in a few things that may not even need to be in the script, kind of padding it out, to try to make it nearly 2 hours long.
It is nice to see British lad, Vinnie Jones, in there with the big boys, playing a typical hard man role as one of the guards and Jim Caviezel on the other side of the bars from his role in The Prisoner, this time playing a rather vicious warden.
Also having the likes of Sam Neil in the movie is a nice touch and having familiar faces in a movie does have you watching to see how their characters develop, which a lot of the time they don’t.
There certainly are those moments that do stick in your mind after the movie, such as Arnie in a sweat-box screaming and shouting in German at the warden and the time when Arnie and Sly perform a slug out of fisticuffs, but moments like these are far and few between.
Let’s face it folks, it seems that these heroes of the 80’s and 90’s have certainly passed their prime, very much like The Expendables 2 and Bullet To The Head, these films aren’t going to be remembered as fondly as the likes of The Terminator or even Rambo.
Fun to watch, but Escape Plan certainly doesn’t have that lasting appeal that in 10 years time we’ll be looking back out our DVD collections, or digital downloads on our hard drives, and saying, now that was a classic of its time.
Overall, Escape Plan is a night out at the movies, it’s fun in places and has Arnie and Sly in one movie, so it should keep a few fans happy.
Director: Mikael Håfström
Writers: Miles Chapman (screenplay), Jason Keller (screenplay)
Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, 50 Cent
Running Time: 116 min