One of the world's foremost authorities on structural security agrees to take on one last job: breaking out of an ultra-secret, high-tech facility called "The Tomb.” Deceived and wrongly imprisoned, Ray Breslin (Sylvester Stallone) must recruit fellow inmate Emil Rottmayer (Arnold Schwarzenegger) to help devise a daring, nearly impossible plan to escape from the most protected and fortified prison ever built. ESCAPE PLAN is the first pairing of action legends Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger in leading roles, and co-stars Jim Caviezel, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Vinnie Jones, Vincent D’Onofrio and Amy Ryan.
Is Escape Plan a great movie? Probably not. Is it a lot of fun? You bet ya! I grew up watching Sly and Arnie making action films and some of those films are still favorites today. Sure you have no idea what they are saying most of the time, but they were loud, fast and full of awesomeness. The pair have been in The Expendables movies, but Arnold has never been more than a cameo. This is their first time starring opposite together and it may be 25 years too late, but I liked it a lot.
The prison break film has been done many times before and has had multiple TV shows too, but you really do find yourself watching Stallone and Schwarzenegger and seeing what they do to escape. They are still huge stars for a reason. The supporting cast is quite the odd mix. I’m a big fan of Vincent D’Onofrio and it’s another character of his that will get under your skin. Amy Ryan isn’t given too much to do. Vinnie Jones has a couple of decent fight scenes. 50 Cent plays a computer genius, I’ll just leave that one alone. But the oddest is Jim Caviezel. I like Caviezel as an actor, but was it just me or does he have a German accent through some of the film and then it goes away during other scenes?
Overall I had fun with it. It’s an October release for a reason, but when Schwarzenegger gets a machine gun and starts mowing down people, I cheered. I’ll probably own it on DVD too. I liked Schwarzenegger’s The Last Stand and Stallone’s Bullet to the Head this year, but no one really saw those so I’m curious if the public will go see Escape Plan to see both action stars together. It also has a surprise ending which I didn’t expect.
Also opening this weekend is the remake to the iconic Carrie. From the film’s official synopsis:
A reimagining of the classic horror tale about Carrie White (Chloë Grace Moretz), a shy girl outcast by her peers and sheltered by her deeply religious mother (Julianne Moore), who unleashes telekinetic terror on her small town after being pushed too far at her senior prom.
Based on the best-selling novel by Stephen King, Carrie is directed by Kimberly Peirce with a screenplay by Lawrence D. Cohen and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa.
Now it’s easy to sit here and compare the 2013 version to Sissy Spacek’s film so I won’t really do that. I’ll judge this version on its own because that’s really easy to do also. Why? Because it’s pretty awful. I was not a fan of the recent Evil Dead remake, but I’d watch that again in a heartbeat over this. The worst part is, I really like Chloe Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore, it’s a shame they are wasted in this film. The two together could have made for a really good film if given a quality product to make.
What’s funny to me is, I’ve seen a few positive reviews praising the film. It makes me wonder if we all saw the same movie. I’m not saying myself and 2 other press members sat there laughing our butts off AT the movie, but I’m also not not saying it. Seriously, I sat there laughing at the film. The script is just horrific compared to anything Stephen King has done. Carrie’s “cute” term for breasts that she says to her mother literally made me laugh out loud. The whole high school bullying thing via cell phones and the internet is played to death and annoys me. There’s no camp, no heart, no life to the film. It wants to give a message and I simply didn’t care.
And then there’s the stuff that is even more of a joke. It literally rained rocks. Yup rocks. It rained rocks. Hundreds of people witness Carrie’s “rage” at prom yet no cops show up at her house? Yeah that’s totally possible. Sissy Spacek was a shy loner that really felt out of place in the original. Moretz, even in ugly clothes, is still too cute for you to believe people wouldn’t like her. Even before her “She’s All That” prom dress transformation, what high school guy wouldn’t want her? Just a ridiculously bad film. The only good that could possible come of it is the term Plug It Up. If you see the film, which I don’t recommend doing, you’ll get the reference.
Neither film is for everyone. If like me you grew up with big action films in the 80s and have a soft spot for them, definitely check out Escape Plan. About the only people I can recommend Carrie to are teens and tweens who aren’t old enough to see it in the first place. Unfortunately this generation of kids are getting absolutely terrible horror films and horror film remakes and they will grow up thinking Paranormal Activity was scary. Looks like the overrated Gravity will be number one at the box office again this weekend.