Release date: October 18, 2013
Directed by: Mikael Håfström
Written by: Miles Chapman and Jason Keller
Official website: escapeplanmovie.com
Twenty years ago, "Escape Plan" would have been awesome. You know, back when Sly and Arnold were believable action movie tough guys. In 2013 however, it feels woefully unnecessary, but not only that, these 80's retro action heroes seem incredibly miscast.
Sylvester Stallone plays Breslin, a world renowned authority on structural security. His job is to go deep undercover, into prisons, and test for security leaks and breeches that could lead to breakouts. He works in secrecy and he is the best. When he's hired to infiltrate one of the most secretive and fortified prisons in the world, his team tries to talk him out of it, but Breslin is fueled by ghosts of his past and the challenge is too tempting to pass up.
But of course, things don't go as planned and Breslin finds himself locked up with some of the world's nastiest criminals in a prison run by a vengeful warden, played by Jim Caviezel. He finds an ally in a mysterious prisoner, Rottmayer (Arnold Schwarzenegger) to find a way to break out a prison that has studied Breslin's tactics for years, creating a facility that might be escape proof.
Action movie fans have been waiting for the inevitable team up between Arnold and Sly for years. Where the "Expendables" movies where a good appetizer, this main course proves to be hard to swallow. Arnold is the only one who seems to be enjoying himself, hamming it up in every scene, delivering his wooden dialogue with a sarcastic smile. Sly looks bored, brooding and mumbling through most of his scenes.
As much fun as it can be to see these two working together, unfortunately they aren't given much of a script to work with, even by silly action movie standards. The plot is convenient, the dialogue is stiff and the supporting cast is hit and miss. For every Jim Caviezel or Amy Ryan there is trying to give scenes some weight, there is a 50 Cent trying to play the smart techno-geek, but failing to pull it off.
"Escape Plan" is a mindless action movie that never pretends to be anything different. It's an entertaining homage to action movies of the '80s and early 90s, but after a while it's all too painfully obvious that Sly and Arnold's best days are in the rearview mirror.
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