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Escape Plan (2013) – Review

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basics

Escape Plan

Roy Breslin, a guy who gets paid to break out of prisons to find fault in their design, is sent to a prison that is designed to be escape proof.

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Sylvester Stallone – Breslin
Arnold Schwarzenegger – Rottmayer

THE TOMB

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Breslin (Stallone) is hired to break out of an unbreakable prison. While there he discovers that he was set up and no matter what he does he will never get out. He joins up with Rottmayer (Schwarzenegger) to try and find a way to escape.

Tormented by a vicious warden and faceless guards (see picture below), he quickly discovers that if he doesn’t find a way out he may not survive.

I had been looking forward to this for a while now and was not disappointed. Even though the movie was marketed as an action film, it really was more of a thriller with some action sequences.

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cast

Stallone and Schwarzenegger played great off each other. They had outstanding chemistry and were completely believable in their roles. There was even a few other actors in the film I didn’t know were there because they didn’t show them at all in the trailers. I’m not going to mention who they were, because it was a treat to see them pop up in the film. A nice surprise to see that some trailers don’t give the whole movie away.

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directing

This is actually the first movie I’ve seen from director Mikael Håfström. He did Derailed, 1408, and The Rite, all of which I heard were good but I never got around to watching them. I’ll have to put them on my short list now.

His directing was solid and he knew how to milk the tension out of his scenes. Also, hurray for action scenes without quick edits and shaky cam! With the brawls you could tell what was going on and with the gun fights you never got lost.

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While The Expendables had Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger in it, this was the first film in which the two co-starred together. They had discussed it many times over the years but their schedules never lined up.

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overall

Majorly impressed. While I fully expected to enjoy the film, it blew past my expectations. Not only was it a fantastic thriller but it had a smart script that kept you guessing. While yes, I did see a few things coming there were still plenty of surprises.

With a run time of almost 2 hours, you could never tell. The movie moved at such a brisk pace it didn’t feel like it was that long. I never once felt the need to check my watch.

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Stallone and Schwarzenegger have been hitting it out of the park lately. Stallone with the Expendables series and Schwarzenegger with The Last Stand, these guys have brought back old school action in a big way. Now, with Escape Plan, they are showing that even though these guys are almost 70, they still are 2 of the best in the game. I really hope these guys make plenty more before they decide to retire.

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9 Responses to “Escape Plan (2013) – Review”

  • I remember this was known as “The Tomb” for the longest time. I guess marketing thought it sounded too much like a horror movie. Theres a movie for you, Sly and Arnold fighting zombie. Oh Well, this way they can still use “The Tomb” as the sequel to “The Room” with Zombie Tommy Wiseau (sorry for the redundancy) .

    • Cecil:

      I would like to see a big budget action zombie movie. I thought World War Z would be that but instead it was “lets have Brad Pitt jaunt around the world and oh, zombies”.

  • mogens:

    could you upload cinnemassacre monster madness 2013 i tried too watch it on his webside but it just say loading video

  • demonknight:

    1408 was awesome. Yes, it was PG-13, but it wasn’t a gore movie. It played on what really scares you.

    Also, why would he post Monster Madness? Cecil is not even remotely involved with that series.

    • Cecil:

      The only reason I’ve avoided it is I’ve really started to dislike John Cusak. Loved him in Better off Dead, disliked him in almost everything else. I’ll give it a look.

  • mogens:

    gesh sorry for asking

  • mogens:

    sorry it just i am a big fan of james rolfe monster madness

  • john:

    Watched this today good movie. i am actually surprised they made this film as Bullet to the Head and unfortunetly Last Stand were not comercially successful at least at the box office. I don’t think this had a good opening weekend either.

  • MH:

    Saw this tonight, just hours ago and enjoyed it. I had a verbal response in parts… something I do not usually do. I did think the trailer gave away too much by showing part of the ending. I thought having the climax with a bang, rather than a gunshot (as so many action movies do) was needed. I also though the acting by Jim Caviezel was very good, and it seemed impeccable. It was nice to see Stallone and Schwarzenegger fight each other. I had known about this movie for a long time, and saw it since I am a Stallone fan.

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