Escape Plan (2013)
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Breslin and his team are visited by the CIA agent Jessica Miller (Caitriona Balfe) that offers five-million dollars to him to test a state-of-art facility. Breslin accepts the challenge but soon he learns that he was double-crossed. The cruel prison ward Hobbes (Jim Caviezel) gives special attention to Breslin, following the instructions of his client and uses his right arm Drake (Vinnie Jones) to break Breslin. But the inmate Rottmayer (Arnold Schwarzenegger) gets close to Breslin and helps him to find a way to escape and find who betrayed him. Will they be well succeeded in their intent?
"Escape Plan" is a full of action movie with Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger and a great cast. The plot has the usual flaws but entertains a lot using the themes prison, betrayal and revenge that are always attractive. My vote is seven.
Title (Brazil): "Rota de Fuga" ("Escape Route")
I wont' play coy here; "Escape Plan" isn't completely spectacular. The film has its problems. For example, Vinnie Jones is in the film and he's just lethargically playing the same character he's been riding on since his Guy Ritchie days (only, he's lost the unique wit and humor he had in those days) but at least he's not playing the Juggernaut in this film because that was just embarrassing for all of us. Secondly, the movie shifts tones during the climax and it was slightly jarring. The film goes from a movie about guys sneaking out of an inescapable prison to guys just deciding to shoot their way out. It goes from interesting to "eh, let's become a generic action film" very quickly. Finally, the movie has some unresolved plot threads towards its end and it make a mad dash like a demon is on its tail to try and get them resolved before the credits decide to shut the whole thing down.
However, despite the problems, the movie has its elements working for it and makes it a watchable film and something destined to be played numerous times on FX or Spike. Stallone and Schwarzenegger are terrific together and are giving performances that are probably the best they've done in the last decade. Plus, it's very clear Arnold is having a blast with his role and it was sorta infectious. Finally, Jim Caviezel is a decent antagonist as the film's evil warden to the high tech prison that is, when you can hear him. Caviezel really enjoyed whispering all his lines.
"Escape Plan" may not be the most memorable film of either Stallone's or Schwarzenegger's career but the movie is mildly entertaining and worked for what it is.
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Ray Breslin (Sylvester Stallone) is a Houdini of jails, having the ability to escape even the highest of high security enclosures. He finds himself locked up in an unofficial facility whose problematic inmates are meant to "disappear". In the advanced, high tech and isolated prison, Breslin's escape skills are put to the ultimate test.
Sylvester Stallone still delivers his lines as garbled as ever, but he looks good for his age, and has not lost his charisma as an action star. He managed to be quite credible in playing such an incredibly-skilled individual. We are ready to suspend disbelief and accept that he can do the impossible. Hey, that is Stallone on that screen!
Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a German inmate named Rottmeyer, who befriends Breslin. Arnie plays it light here, with his acting so typically awkward and actually funny, but we know and love him in this tongue-in-cheek style of his.
Jim Caviezel is intense as Hobbes, the warden of this special prison, as well as its proud designer. He will go to all extremes to prove that his prison is escape-proof. His career seemed to have taken a dip after "Passion of the Christ" and that is unbelievable after the limits he pushed with that memorably emotional performance. He is very good here despite being in a rather one-dimensional antagonist role.
It was very good to see Sam Neill on screen again, also after what seems to be a long absence. He plays the prison physician here faced with a moral dilemma.
The story telling by Swedish-born director Mikael Håfström is well-paced and actually quite exciting. The set design of the prison was very high- tech, and well thought of. That version of solitary confinement was harsh! The escape techniques seemed logically planned and thrillingly executed. The revelation scenes are very well-staged and that is only how far I'm going to describe them so you won't be spoiled with the many surprises this film has in store for you.
Recommended for those looking for a good, entertaining and unexpectedly smart action film. You may think you already know how it all ends, but the road it took to get to that ending is quite an enjoyable ride, despite those typically hokey gunfight scenes towards the end. I had a good time watching this. 7/10.
The first co-leading partnership between Stallone/Schwarzenegger is a great flick.
Very good story, a very good villain, good action scenes and a perfect chemistry between the two action stars!
The supporting cast, in special Jim Caviezel, is one of the many highlights of this movie.
For action fans and people who want to forget their lives for a couple of hours and have a film fun, I highly recommend it!
Rambo...Terminator...Jesus...John Trent...50 Cent...yeah, the cast is pretty awesome for this "prison break" flick. Jim Caviezel almost steals the show as the "evil" warden. We all know Sly and Arnie are in their mid-60's but man do they still kick butt! Plus they're still literally ripped...like bulging...like veins sticking out all over the place ripped! We had a blast watching this and I recommend it to any action fan, especially the 80's action crowd. There's great one-liners, slow motion shoot outs, explosions, prison shanks, and all sort of bad ass action.
I really hope this does well at the box office because it is an entertaining film that's way better than "The Last Stand" and "A Bullet To The Head". But I wouldn't be surprised if those films have turned some movie goers off. A real action fan will love this flick though. Go check it out! Get to da choppa!!!!
The story goes by smoothly and fast. Dialogues and sequence are really well written. Main characters bring you in the movie and Jim Caviezel is great as the villain. So is Vince Jones and the rest of the characters.
This isn't for everyone but I can't believe this movie is flying so under the radar. What a shame. This is old school, action packed thriller.
I thought this movie was going to be a disappointment like "The Last Stand", and it proved me wrong with a vengeance.
This wasn't a movie slapped together for two "has beens." It was an interesting (and yes a little out there) story that would hold up without the two. Casting Sly and Arny was the icing on the cake. I think the script was decent, the directing great (it actually made me feel involved), and the acting was choice.
It was done well. No old timer jokes, no spoofing, just another movie I want to own.
The ending was almost as pleasing as "Inglorious Bastards'" conclusion.
Nothing like seeing someone get what's coming to them.
I also thought Arnold was just going to be in it for a minute, nope. I'd say he was in about 75 percent of the film and every moment he was on screen I felt like a kid again.
The two are personal heroes of mine and this movie reminded me why.
Once again Arnold really stole the show for me with some of his best liners and action 'n the movie. Stallone for me on the otherhand tried too hard but couldn't match Arnold's performance but both still managed to do a solid job. Hopefully, they'll team up again in the future but with Arnold as the main hero instead next time. The rest of the cast played their rolls well too especially Jim Carviezel and Faran Tahir
Overall, an enjoyable movie and definitely in my top 5 of the year
I really love the first half of this movie. Sylvester Stallone really grew on me. The team and the jobs are interesting. Everything is going well. It makes sense why Hobbes wouldn't release Breslin at first. The first problem comes in the form of Arnold Schwarzenegger. Immediately, I am afraid of cheesy 80s action camp coming. For awhile, Arnold did his job and the story moves on. He did his best, and got a few jokes in. I actually prefer not to have the joking around. The sense of cheesy camp is always near and that's what the jokes are. Then the movie goes full on cheese. It's like a time warp into an old Arnold action movie when he takes the big machine gun.
There is also the problem of why some of these prisoners aren't just killed off. Why would a drug cartel care to keep Javed alive? No idea. Why not just torture Victor Manheim out of Rottmayer? No idea. Why wouldn't Hobbes kill Breslin once he finds out who he really is? No idea. There was somebody else (spoilers) who should want him dead. What happened?
It is so disappointing that this is not a better movie. It starts off so well but it's an obvious mistake to team up with Arnold doing serious action. That era is over and the guys are old. It may work in a jokey way in the Expendables franchise. This should be much better.
Like the Grindhouse revival, Stallone has been trying to revive the 1980/1990s Action Heroes and with some success. Unfortunately here and while not a complete dud, he failed. Heck, had this been released in 1990, we would've said "eh," and now I look more forward to the Terminator sequel!
Master escape planist Ray has hacked his way out of the most secured prisons around, but he met his match during his latest "outing." Without the aid from the outside and with the friendship with said Terminator, he might be able get out of this fine mess.
Most of the films Stallone wants to bring back to the next gen have similar and thin plots, but the comedy and homage make them special. Sadly, no humor is found here, nor much homage. Just a bunch of set up, more talking and the less admirable clichés are overly used.
Also, the movie "stars" 50 cent, which I wouldn't have recognized had I not recently saw him in Last Vegas. Mercifully for that movie, he was in it for about 50 seconds (or less.) In Escape Plan, he much more screen time and not only are those frames worth less than 2 quarters, but I sincerely hope I don't see him in any more movies.
The rest of the secondary cast, Amy Ryan, Faran Tahir, Sam Neill and definitely Jim Caviezel were all so plain, lifeless and cardboard and without the fun irony/homage to the clichéd movies of decades past. None of them had fun here, nor did we.
While not a waste, it wasn't worth the almost two hour running time just to get the two titans (Stallone/Schwarzenegger) together. It did have its moments, but not enough to avoid all together and just wait patiently for Expendables 3.
* * * Final thoughts: 50 Cent shut that mouth. I know you're in shock you're allowed to be in so many movies, but act like an actor, close your trap and take some classes before your next attempt.
tl;dr - worst movie i saw this year, Schwarzeneggers worst acting ever, even worst plot, conversations written by an ape and everybody who gives this film more then 4 stars saw another movie
The thing that took me by surprise was Arnold's Acting, he played actually good and not over the-top neither did Stallone.
I saw it without subtitles and i can understand why some doesn't gets its plot, because the two are pretty hard to understand sometimes.
In one of the first scene Stallone greets a Warden, and i swear to god i thought he said "What up" instead of "Warden".
The best scene most be with the scenes where Arnold is co-acting with the bad Guy Jim Caviezel.
The Bad guy here is the kind of really evil bastard, your meant to hate but he is kind of funny. His death was a laugh, it was cheesy and i loved it.
This is not a movie with the biggest explosions, its a Arnie and Sly film with a cool bad guy. The plot is predictable really, there is a twist who didn't take me by surprise but i guess its a trend to have some twists and curls in action movies these days.
This is not a movie i'm going to buy, but if you like movies with Sly and Arnold and you want to see them together. Even now when they are old, they are pretty badass in this movie. I recommend it because it's fun, funny, good chemistry with the two action elders.
Acting by Jim Caviezel was amazing and Arnie was so refined and refreshing .
If you loved the 80s ans 90s action films by them both you will love this...its like them but up to date, clever, witty and very fast moving!
I found my self on the edge of my seat wanting more and taking in the new concepts that Sly has brought in.
Both big boys proved they make a great team and have great chemistry! i hope they make more films together!
also...Vinnie Jones was great and 50 Cent wasn't stereo typed!
Yes, it was obvious from the announcement that it wasn't going to be a mind blowing spectacle of acting, but they could have at least came up with something original. Nevermind the fact that i almost chewed my face off at Arnie's role as "the favour guy" as Stallone so expertly put it....it was like a deteriorating, rusted, blob of waste compared to Morgan Freeman as RED from Shawshank. And i know there is basically no point in comparing their acting abilities, but at the end of the day it is a film....and a film consists of actors/actresses....who are supposed to act....and unless Arnie is a machine (literal or in human form) then he fails. The "comedy" between him and Stallone was mind numbing, but what do you expect from Rocky and a Terminator.
The two live off of their past status, so when they decide to star in a film together...all the Rocky fans and all the Terminator fans find themselves in a tizzy and choose to disregard the fact that they are both a complete tragedy when it comes to acting. Instead choosing to succumb to nostalgia. As i said it can cloud the mind.
Now, back to the unoriginal factor it carries. And that is not in relation to Shawshank or all prison break films....but one. Anybody remember "Lock Up"? Yes that starred Sylvester Stallone as well...where he was very good at breaking out of prisons....so he ends up being wrongly transferred from one prison to another (a slight difference in how he gets there but still very similar).... there he is greeted with a warden who has a hidden agenda......and is mentally and physically tortured ..... ah very similar indeed. So in conclusion this film is basically "Lock Up" with a rubbish RED in it.
Even with the two disasters aside, the acting doesn't really have any saving grace, i mean Vinnie Jones?....50 cent? Not exactly a strong cast. Donald Sutherland.....(sorry that's Lock Up) i mean Jim Caviezel plays an OK part as the wicked warden, but apart from that there is nothing. The action is what would be expected; exaggerated. The comedy is cheesy and the plot is placid and predictable.
If you're starved for nostalgia then this is the movie to feed that hunger, but for me it was and is a recipe for disaster.
Well, I missed the first minutes of the movie. Yeah, I was embarrassingly late :( I came in the cinema when the title "Escape Plan" came up on the screen. So what is it? Five minutes late, maybe? But with the flashback, I know what happened in the part I missed. Stallone's character, Ray Breslin is a Houdini, but in this case, he is talented in finding his way out of prison. No, he is not a criminal. Just to test the prison's quality in the security aspect.
Then the plot moved to a lawyer from CIA (Yeah, Langley..) who asked Breslin to test a prison prototype's security. He agreed and nothing is wrong until Breslin realized that his evacuation code did not make any sense. Like he is being put into prison for real. Then as usual, prison fight, a stranger, Emil Rottmayer (Schwarzenegger) suddenly became a best friend, then planning to escape from that prison. And, of course, they finally escaped from that prison.
The theme is not new. We all know there are lots of movies and TV series like this, like Prison Break and Escape from Alcatraz. But this movie is executed perfectly and I really enjoy this movie. A bit boring the first twenty minutes but the rest of the movie did entertain me.
Action is a must. Blood, fight, guns, and most;y anything available in nearest location. And some gags, humors, everything hilarious add more excitement to this movie. The detail of the prison is amazing. This movie is like a "Escaping Prison 101". Using available stuff and human resources to escape from a prison.
This movie is highly recommended. Stallone and Schwarzenegger still kick-ass and also can be funny at the same time. I am sure you will not be disappointed.
Sylvester Stallone is apparently reluctant to face his old age. He tries to act as though he is a young man, but there is no amount of cosmetics and hairpieces that will disguise the fact that he is too old for roles like this.
Arnie comes across slightly better. Like his role in The Last Stand, his character feels age appropriate and he is having fun in his over the top portrayal.
Pacing is a problem. There is a long tedious section in the middle which seems to go on forever. The end brightens up with an okayish action sequence, but the effect is spoiled by some silly moments and an incredibly lame one-liner.
Wait for the DVD.
Stallone as usual was unconvincing and uninteresting. It seems like he's half asleep throughout the entire movie. He is just way too old to play the characters that he no doubt writes for himself. The movie was just about 2 old farts acting brawny and throwing punches. We all loved them in the 80's and 90's but they're just way too old to play the part of an action hero. I must say, it was a pleasant surprise to hear Arnie speaking in his native tongue. All in all the movie was unbearable. I literally skipped many parts just to get to the end.
I like action pictures a lot--but not when there are plot holes the size of Arnold's neck every 10 minutes, and an ending that doubles the size of those holes.
There's nothing original here and you feel like you are participating in an exercise in making others wealthier--producers and actors who don't care at all about what they are creating. Even Arnold's natural charm rarely shows through here.
The filmmakers seem to want to draw comparisons to Gitmo or other detention facilities that are related to anti terrorism--thus the quasi waterboarding, the presence of Moslems, etc. Note to filmmakers--please keep your simplistic political opinions to yourself. And make better movies.
Particularly irritating is the use of a Moslem character (and I do mean use) to illustrate the writer's/director's political leanings. When at one point in the movie a character (MINOR SPOILER HERE) who is clearly Moslem kills prison guards while yelling God is Great (in Arabic), you must be tone deaf and lost in a sea of irrational political correctness. This is what is chanted when terrorists crash planes in sky scrapers or blow themselves up on buses. There's nothing heroic about it and such scenes in movies not only don't belong but are irritating and make you feel cheated.
Breslin is offered by the CIA a chance to test out a maximum security prison run by a shadow private undercover organisation that imprisons high level terrorist types. Before you can say 'set-up' Breslin agrees for double his usual fee.
The rest of the film is essentially a bottle type of drama as its contained within the Hi Tech interior prison environment that keeps the budget down. Breslin finds out that he might be on his own in this prison with no chance of escape or being rescued. He might have been double crossed by his business partner (rather foreseeable) and to make things worse, Arnie is one of the inmates and is trying too hard to be his friend.
Jim Caviezel who previously has come across as a rather bland leading man, camps it up as Hobbes, the sadistic prison warden who does not care whether Breslin is innocent. Which begs the question as to how many other inmates might be there for obscure reasons in this private consortium prison for the disappeared.
Sam Neill appears as a conflicted doctor who is there to provide minimal medical attention to the prisoners.
Fair play to Arnie and Sly for not going for a shoot em up, although that was done in Expendables 2. It is more thoughtful although you get some gun toting action at the end.
I would be the first to admit I did not understand what Arnie was doing in this type of prison although I sort of guessed his true identity. You can imagine there would be Islamic terrorists housed in this Hi-tech prison, but then you also get white supremacists type, cartel gangsters and others who should be in a maximum security prison not housed in a prison for people who could no longer be sent to Guantanamo Bay.
We have Farhan Tahir playing a Muslim who helps Arnie and Sly but is he a terrorist or a cartel guy? If he is a cartel guy, he should not be in this prison, something the film never grapples with even though Tahir is the third hero of the film.
Sly and Arnie act their parts well, although there is still too much mumbling.
Plot holes a plenty as no one inside the prison discovers that although they might be located deep down, they are actually in a ship and no amount of stabilizers can protect you from heavy seas or even the humming of the engines in such a big cargo ship. Surely such as a ship would have to dock for supplies for the prisoners and staff, change of crew and prison guards.
Its fun, maybe too long and has confusing plot elements.