Escape Plan is a 2013 film directed by Mikael Håfström that harkens back to the days of 80s action films. Don’t believe me? It’s two stars are Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Ray Breslin is a tough as nails escape artist. He co-owns a company with Lester Clark. They send Ray in as a criminal and Ray evaluates the prisons’ weaknesses. CIA Agent Jessica Mayer approaches Ray and Lester about sending Ray in a black site prison that is off the books. Their employees Abigail and Hush are hesitant, but Ray agrees to do it.
He takes the name Anthony Porthos and is set-up as a terrorist. He is captured, given a sedative, but as he comes out of it, he sees a guard kill another prisoner.
When he wakes up, he soon learns that the whole prison was a lie. Everything about his cover story is taken at face value. His inside man, the prison’s warden, is a different person who does not recognize his evacuation code. The new warden, a man named Hobbs, is a vicious, sadistic leader who is corrupt. He begins to torture Ray just to prove a point.
Ray is befriended by another prisoner Emil Rottmayer, the “favor guy” of the prison. They start to formulate a plan even as Hobbs continues his torture of Ray. Ray holds onto the memory of his wife and son being murdered to keep him going. His friends are searching for him, but are having no luck. With only one ally in the prison doctor, Ray and Emil have to work it quickly if they want to escape.
The critics hated this movie. Big surprise, right? Is it a deep film with lots of gore, sex, and philosophical meanderings, well, no. It is just a straight up action film that does everything right. I enjoyed it a great deal and was very entertained by it. It had great acting, a great plot, and a great sequence of events. The interaction between Stallone and Schwarzenegger was priceless.
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FAVORITE QUOTE: You hit like a vegetarian.
PARENTAL CONCERNS: Violence and laguage
- Sylvester Stallone as Ray Breslin/Anthony Portos
- Arnold Schwarzenegger as Emil Rottmayer
- Jim Caviezel as Warden Hobbes
- 50 Cent as Hush
- Sam Neill as Dr. Kyrie
- Vinnie Jones as Drake
- Caitriona Balfe as Jessica Mayer
- Vincent D’Onofrio as Lester Clark
- Amy Ryan as Abigail Ross
- Graham Beckel as Brims
- Matt Gerald as Roag
- Faran Tahir as Javed