run time: 115 mins
considered: Action, Mystery, Thriller
starring: Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jim Caviezel, Faran Tahir, Amy Ryan, Sam Neill, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Vince D’Onofrio
movie summary: When a structural-security authority finds himself set up and incarcerated in the world’s most secret and secure prison, he has to use his skills to escape with help from the inside. (www.imdb.com)
my thoughts: Sylvester Stallone returns to the big screen as Ray Breslin, the man who purposely gets sent to prison, only to find ways to break out. After breaking out of his 14th federal prison, he is presented with a contract to break out of a brand new prison that is under construction and is unescapable. He accepts the deal because it has a major pay out of $10 million dollars, and there isn’t a human made prison he hasn’t gotten out of yet.
Sly is given a new name and background before being kidnapped and dragged into the new prison. Once inside he begins to figure out the routine and layout, but can’t put a plan into place since he has never seen a prison design like this before. In order to get more information he forms a friendship with Emil Rottmayer (Arnold Schwarzenegger) who is very connected within the prison walls.
Together the pair get into trouble to get thrown into secluded “box” where Breslin can start to piece together a plan. Shortly after the pair add a third member to the escape party, Javed (Faran Tahir) because he brings a unique skill and personality that will aid in their plan.
On the outside, Breslin’s team of Hush (Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson) and Abigail (Amy Ryan) spend days trying to track down his location but are unable too. No one seems to know where this prison is located, but the plot thickens as double crosses and false identities begin to add to the plot and escape plan. Time is of the essential for Breslin and Rottmayer to escape before they end up trapped forever or killed.
Anyone who takes the time to see Escape Plan will either leave disappointed or amused. A lot of reviews state this movie is funny, but it has only a handful of laugh out loud moments. The writers got very creative with the location of the prison, ways for Breslin and Rottmayer to break out, and the ending. Moviegoers will enjoy Sly and Arnold’s first feature film together but don’t expect this to take away any awards except maybe some Razzie’s.
My advice is to watch this on a cheap day or rent it at home.
my star rating: 5 out 10