The Escapist (2008)
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Critic Reviews for The Escapist
I hate criticising someone for ambition but The Escapist is a victory of ambition over dramatic achievement.
The movie was written specifically for Brian Cox, and it's a great fit.
The splintered viewpoints help with the monotony, but from the taunting of new inmates to the cell-block sadist, we've gone through all this before, right down to the final twists.
Too much of this movie about prison feels only like a movie about prison, with actors posing and directors getting poetic.
Audience Reviews for The Escapist
For those who have seen more than two or three prison break movies in their lives, this mediocre film won't offer anything new even if it believes to be doing something pretty smart and profound with an annoying flashback structure and a silly Ambrose Bierce twist in the end.
Set in a British prison, filled with all the usual convict suspects (including Damien Lewis and Steven Mackintosh woefully miscast as sadistic underlords!), this is unusual primarily for Brian Cox being the lead (which he fills capably), the setting, and the twist at the end (borrowed from a famous Ambrose Bierce tale). Nothing unusual then, but well done for the main part.
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