Escape Plan (2013)
Critic Consensus: As much fun as it is to see Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger team up onscreen, Escape Plan fails to offer much more than a pale imitation of 1980s popcorn thrills.
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Hafstrom tries to pretend his stars are about 40 and, for the most part, it works.
Escape Plan is the newest vehicle for aging action stars Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger and, in this case, it's a lemon or possibly an Edsel.
Stallone spoils the dumb-fun mood. He wears the stoical gaze of someone who knows he's being buried alive.
Try not to think too hard about it, and Escape Plan is stupid, stupid fun.
Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger are relentlessly likeable, even when serving up plot and dialogue that would have been trampled on the writer's room floor of "Knight Rider" circa 1985.
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The beginning and the first breakout is actually rather fun. But soon we know exactly what will happen: Breakout tester Stallone gets screwed over and ends up in the proverbial unbreakable jail. His team-up with Schwarzenegger there is surprisingly unspectacular. It doesn't help that the plot relies on a lot of coincidence, suspension of disbelief or horrid planning by the bad guys. The action packed finale can't really pull the ship around. I fear it's time to phase the fact that you get better results watching reruns from the former action stars.
The Tomb becomes a place of interest in Mikael Hafstrom's Escape Plan.
Spending most of its 110 minute run time in a prison, the film takes advantage of an intriguing story to keep the momentum going. The game of cat and mouse that takes place for most of the film, but unfortunately not all, is what makes Escape Plan as good as it is. It is the final act where, despite a solid plot twist, things turn into a run of the mill action piece.
When it comes to the violence and action, there isn't a much to be cringe-worthy about. Sure, bullets do fly; however, the strong language contributes just as much to the R-rating.
It's hard to be disappointed with Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger heading the picture; and there isn't much to be disappointed about because they deliver as expected. Both are locked up by a warden to despise, played by Jim Caviezel. Sam Neill should be disappointed with the character he is given.
Escape Plan starts off with its own identity. It just doesn't finish with one.
2 3/4's--Putting Sly, and Arnold, together in a film is ALWAYS a good idea, in my book. However, not in this film. It was way too long, and loses steam in the second half. The dialogue was almost laughable. Plus, it didn't help when Arnold just went commando towards the end. Shame, as this could have been really good had they put a little more effort into it.
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