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ESCAPE PLAN (review)

escape_planESCAPE PLAN
Written by Jason Keller and Miles Chapman
Directed by Mikael Hafstrom 
Starring Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jim Caviezel, and Vinnie Jones
 

Rottmayer: You hit like a vegetarian! 

When evaluating a movie starring two of the biggest action stars of the 80’s, we have to remember what once made these now aged stars great. ESCAPE PLAN does not only deliver what we expect from these stars, but also at one point pays tribute to some of their most iconic roles. Now, does that mean ESAPE PLAN is a great movie? No, it does not. It is beyond stupid but it is also an incredible amount of ridiculous fun! What more can we expect from a ridiculously outlandish (read, implausible) action movie anyway?

Get this. Breslin (Sylvester Stallone), a structural security expert, or prison escape artist, whichever you prefer, gets recruited by the CIA to go to the ultimate prison, known as The Tomb, to find out if it is truly as impenetrable as it purports to be. However, once Breslin arrives at the prison, nothing goes according to plan and the warden, Hobbes (Caviezel) has no idea who Breslin claims to be, thus making Breslin’s assignment more like a suicide mission than anything else. This is where Breslin decides to make some friends, guys like Rottmayer (Arnold Schwarzenegger), a prisoner who once helped steal from the rich to give to the poor, to help each other plan their escape from The Tomb. When you are in a prison filled with the scum of the earth though, and not to mention, also placed there by the scum of the earth, can you really truly escape?

THE TOMB

Beyond ESCAPE PLAN lacking anything that resembles a compelling story, the action itself carries the viewer through and entertains the parts of the brain that aren’t turned off already. Past that, Stallone and Schwarzenegger steal the show as their performances and one liners are just right, delivering every laugh that could be asked for. That is what truly made ESCAPE PLAN, which might as well have been called “The Expendables 2.5”, such fun to watch; the combination of these two icons just promises screen gold. ESCAPE PLAN is the perfect mindless escape for fans of the genre, so plan to be entertained if this is your thing.

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