Escape Plan in many ways could be considered a bad movie. The plot really isn't very well done. There are lots of moments that require tons of suspension of disbelief. There is bad editing as the transitions from scene to scene are sometimes laughable. The direction of the movie overall just seems to be lacking in quality. So Escape Plan in many ways could be considered a bad movie, but Escape Plan isn't a bad movie. There are two big reasons for that: Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Escape Plan is a movie that gets off to a bad start. The plot is hard to believe and the story being told just isn't really that great. Sylvester Stallone's character of Ray Breslin is the focus of the beginning of the film. Sylvester Stallone is a great and very entertaining actor, but there is just so much good missing from everything around him that the movie seems to be headed to bad territory. At this point, one might think they are watching a bad movie. This is where judgement can be made too early.
The plot up to this point involves the story of a man named Ray Breslin who is paid to break out of prisons for a living. It's sort of an interesting idea, but it doesn't really come off that interesting on screen at first. Then Arnold Schwarzenegger enters the picture. Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a prisoner named Emil Rottmayer. From the moment he first encounters Sylvester Stallone's Ray Breslin the movie is suddenly entertaining in ways the movie never had been before. Schwarzenegger and Stallone are so entertaining together that any problems of the movie become irrelevant. No, the other elements of the movie aside from them and a clearly having fun Jim Caviezel never become anything of any great quality, but it doesn't really matter.
Escape Plan is not a great movie, but it is a fun enough movie for fans of Schwarzenegger and Stallone. They really make the most out of not much and the movie greatly benefits from their presence. Escape Plan manages to be an enjoyable experience even though it has so much going against it.