Escape Plan(http://www.escapeplanmovie.com/The idea of Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger together in a single film as leading men was often talked about as far back as the 1980s. However, scheduling conflicts have always put a dead stop to many of these plans, and the idea was scrapped. It wasn’t until the two cameo appearances in The Expendables, and Schawarzenegger’s exit from politics that they restarted that idea. Yet, the real question remains is if there still a place for the indomitable tough-guy action hero in this modern age of superheroes, zombies, vampires and wizards.

Escape Plan(http://www.escapeplanmovie.com/The idea of Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger together in a single film as leading men was often talked about as far back as the 1980s. However, scheduling conflicts have always put a dead stop to many of these plans, and the idea was scrapped. It wasn’t until the two cameo appearances in The Expendables, and Schawarzenegger’s exit from politics that they restarted that idea. Yet, the real question remains is if there still a place for the indomitable tough-guy action hero in this modern age of superheroes, zombies, vampires and wizards.

The answer is obviously yes.

Stallone takes his place as a professional escape artist, Ray Breslin, working for the Federal Bureau of Prisons. His job is to escape from prisons to highlight vulnerabilities. The man has quite a following, even having written his own bible on creating the perfect prison, and is a well-regarded expert of the field. Not too long into the film, after showing his adeptness for escape, he is thrown into his greatest challenge: a prison that was meticulously designed to be unbreakable. Within this construct of steel and glass, he is joined by another inmate, Rottmayer, who instantly latches onto Ray the instant he shows up, and joins Breslin in his desperate attempt to escape.

Watching through his collection of sensors and cameras is Jim Caviezel, who plays the evil warden with his Vinnie Jones as his violent attack dog. Rounding out the cast is Faran Tahir who manages to steal every scene from our two aged heavyweights.

The story doesn’t play much into the film. The director, Mikael Håfström, doesn’t dwell too much on creating a deeply engaging story. Instead, the movie focuses on the chemistry between Stallone, Schwarzenegger, and Tahir, all of whom obviously had a great deal of fun working together. The film’s pace doesn’t stop, and there are plenty of tense moments without ever running into any “seen this before” action shots to spoil the mood. By the time you reach the ending, the revelation of the grand twist won’t surprise, but does answer some questions that the viewer may have had.

Very good film, and a fun popcorn movie that brings back two screen heroes in stellar form.

 

Running time: 116 minutes; Rated R

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