«An absolutely solid and awesome prison breakout action movie»
Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone need no introductions. They are the gods of the action genre for the last 30 years and they are responsible for numerous classic movies that we grew up with.
Seeing them together in leading roles in the same movie was a wild dream for action fans for many years until Τhe Expendables.
You see, The Expendables was the start of the countdown for this wild dream to finally happen. They teased us with the cameo of Arnold in the first movie & his bigger participation in the second one and finally the countdown ended…It was time for these Action Gods to co-star a movie together.
It may took them decades to do it, but this movie finally happened and it’s called Escape Plan, so let’s see if the flick delivered the goods…
The Story: Ray Breslin (Sylvester Stallone) is the go-to guy for structural security of prisons. After analyzing and escaping every high security prison, his skills are put to the test when he is offered to enter and "test" the "Τomb", a seemingly escape proof and high tech prison for people that no government in the world, want in their hands. Ray accepts the offer but he ends up framed and incarcerated permanently inside the "Tomb". He needs to escape and find the person who put him behind bars, so with the help of fellow inmate Emil Rottmayer (Arnold Schwarzenegger) he starts to work on their Escape Plan…
The Verdict: Ι was really anxious to see Stallone and Schwarzenegger co-starring a movie, because as I said for decades it was an action fan’s wild dream. So, last night at the official premiere of Escape Plan here in Greece (31/10), I entered the theatre not knowing what to expect. Times have changed and I was wondering how the movie was going to be.
It was going to be a "pedal to the metal" action ride that happens to have a prison setting that throws inside it Arnie and Sly or it was going to be something with a different style and submit these two Action Gods to it and in the same time do them justice and make them fit in with it?
What can I expect from Escape Plan?
These questions and some others were in my head before I watch the movie. As I said I was fucking anxious for what I was about to see…
After 116’ minutes I finally had the answers and a big fucking smile on my face. Escape Plan has delivered the goods. And I explain why:
Escape Plan is not a "pedal to the metal" action ride that happens to have a prison setting that throws inside it Arnie and Sly. Instead it was something different and I think it worked great.
You see, if you are going to have an action thriller-escape from prison movie you don’t go "pedal to the metal" all the time, even if you have these two Action Gods together for the first time ever.
Sure it’s tempting as hell to go "pedal to the metal", when you know you have these two guys available, but the whole prison thing would seem out of place (or just an excuse) if you only went down that road.
Director Mikael Håfström & writers Miles Chapman and Jason Keller realized that and submitted the two Action Gods a little away from their usual territory and in the same time managed to do them justice, fit them in and let them shine.
And when I say shine, I really mean shine. Sly and Arnie are chewing through the scenery with their great chemistry and they act their characters in a superb way.
As for their action and physical scenes? When all hell brakes loose they deliver pure badassery as expected.
Of course the two Action Gods are not the only ones who shine in Escape Plan. Vinnie Jones as a sadistic prison guard does a great job. Jim Caviezel as the warden makes sure that you want to see him get what he deserves. Hell, even that prick 50 Cent managed not to be annoying in his very limited screen time (thankfully). The Prison (The Tomb) is a character itself and it’s the ultimate villain of the movie. It makes the audience really feel that its escape proof and that Ray Breslin has finally met his match.
The plot is excellent, the pace is very good, the twists are nicely done and the jokes were hilarious.
As for the action scenes, they are not coming every 5 minutes (it’s an escape from prison movie) but when they come they deliver the goods. All the usual stuff that we love from a movie that has the names of Stallone and Schwarzenegger are here. Brutal hand to hand combat, guns, bigger guns, explosions, cool lines…They are all in.
In conclusion, Escape Plan managed to have all the right ingredients that make a solid action-thriller escape from prison movie. A strong plot, a prison that is seemingly escape proof that adds agony and tension, a daring escape plan, solid action scenes and of course Sly & Arnie doing what they know best: Kicking ass and taking names, burning the place to the ground in pure badass style.
Escape Plan is Badass-movies approved all the way. It’s a solid and awesome escape from prison action movie. In fact for me personally it’s one of the best action movies for 2013. Go see it if you still have the chance or check it out when it hits the stores on DVD. Support the movie. Sly and Arnie deserve it.
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