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The Escapist (2002)

 -  Action | Crime | Drama  -  17 January 2006 (USA)
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The skilled pilot Denis Hopkins lives with his pregnant wife Valerie and has a comfortable lifestyle. When the gang of criminals headed by the sadistic Ricky Barnes breaks in his seaside ... See full summary »

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The skilled pilot Denis Hopkins lives with his pregnant wife Valerie and has a comfortable lifestyle. When the gang of criminals headed by the sadistic Ricky Barnes breaks in his seaside house, Denis offers whatever the criminals want to protect his beloved wife but the evil Ricky kills Valerie. The baby is saved, and later the murderer is arrested and sent to the maximum security prison of Sullen Voe. Denis, moved by the purpose of avenging the death of Valerie, gives the baby and his house to his sister-in-law Christine. Then Denis breaks into a police car and is arrested, but he does not reveal his true name and is called John "What" by the prisoners and guards. Denis attempts to escape, forcing his transfer to Sullen Voe. When he reaches the prison, Ricky sets up a confrontation, but things do not happen the way Denis expected. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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He can escape from anything... except his past.


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The main character Dennis sharpens a spoon in his cell into a weapon by rubbing the end of the (stainless steel) spoon on what is clearly (aluminum) checker plate. As aluminum is a much softer metal than steel, the checker plate would be worn away and it would be impossible to file down the spoon in this way. See more »

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Denis: If someone said to me 'look, your wife's dead, sorry and all that stuff, there's not much we can do about it but, you can visit her once a week for two hours; you can hold her hand, you can talk to her, bring her a couple of books, kiss her goodbye'... I would settle for that. I'd settle for once a month. I'd settle for once a year. I'd settle for one minute more for the rest of my life, just to see her again.
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Standard revenge tale enlivened by a great cast
29 October 2005 | by (Glen Cove, New York) – See all my reviews

A pilots pregnant wife is killed by a band of thugs who break into their home. The gang is caught and sent off to prison. Wanting to see that "justice" is done the pilot stages his own death and then gets himself arrested so he can hunt the killers in the prisons into which they have been sent.

To be honest the story is a bit clichéd with the plot taking some obvious paths once things are set in motion. Normally that would be a bad thing but here the film works largely thanks to a very good cast of mostly unknown actors. The stand out is Andy Serkis, best known for playing Gollum in the Lord of the Rings movies. Here he's the head of the nasty band and his vileness seems to drip off the screen. If you want to know why Peter Jackson chose him to play the tortured creature in the big budgeted epic look no further. Serkis isn't on screen much until the final portion of the film, but his evilness in the early part of the film hangs over everything like a dark cloud.

Definitely worth a look for those who want an undemanding thriller, and those who want to see what Andy Serkis is capable of when he isn't doing just a computer generated character. 6.5 out of 10.


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