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Escape Plan 2013

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Prison-break action film starring Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Structural security specialist Ray Breslin (Stallone) is paid to enter high security prisons and escape while highlighting weaknesses in their apparently escape-proof systems. But when he is framed and incarcerated in a prison of his own design which is run by the relentless Warden Hobbes (Jim Caviezel), he has to put his incomparable skills to the ultimate test. However, in order to escape this particular prison he'll need the help of another insider. Luckily he meets fellow prisoner and old-timer Swan Rottmayer (Schwarzenegger) who agrees to help Ray in his escape, but only if Ray agrees to free him while doing so...

Starring:
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Vinnie Jones
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

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  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 55 minutes
Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Vinnie Jones, Jim Caviezel, 50 Cent, Sylvester Stallone, Vincent D'Onofrio, Sam Neill, Amy Ryan
Director Mikael Hafstrom
Genres Crime, Thriller
Studio Entertainment One
Rental release 17 March 2014
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 55 minutes
Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Vinnie Jones, Jim Caviezel, 50 Cent, Sylvester Stallone, Vincent D'Onofrio, Sam Neill, Amy Ryan
Director Mikael Hafstrom
Genres Crime, Thriller
Studio Entertainment One
Rental release 17 March 2014
Main languages English

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4.2 out of 5 stars

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Willy Eckerslike TOP 500 REVIEWER on 27 Jan. 2015
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Having seen a trailer at the beginning of another film, this movie looked like a bit of fun so it was worth the very modest expenditure, if only to see Stallone and Arnie together. Neither are the greatest actors in the world but you always know what to expect; non-stop action, a simple plot, classic one-liners and lots of general silliness making a hugely entertaining film.

We were not disappointed. Stallone plays a successful prison tester, spending his life escaping to highlight flaws in security. Arnie is a long term inmate of a secret, privately funded `escape proof' prison where the nation's most unwanted are housed. Jim Caviezel plays the warder and Vinnie Jones, surprise, surprise, is his thuggish sidekick while Stallone's shifty boss is excellently played by Vincent D'Onofrio. With the cast in place you have the ingredients for a cracking bit of entertainment; all that is needed is a half decent script and a director who knows how to shoehorn every action element into the approved formula and, hey presto, a very acceptable movie is born.

It was never going to win any Oscars. There are no outstanding performances, the characters are monolithic, the plot ridiculously simple and the outcome is never in doubt, but it is a great ride nonetheless. In this respect it perfectly fulfils its role; providing a splendid bit of brain-out entertainment while giving Sly and Arnie a chance to do what they do best. It is an easy film to sneer at but it doesn't pretend to do anything other than provide some real old-school classic 80's action. Splendid stuff; just open a bottle of wine, disengage those higher cognitive functions, get comfy on the sofa on a wet Sunday afternoon and let this entertaining nonsense take the reins. Silly, indeed, but most excellent and hugely entertaining.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bill HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 9 Aug. 2015
Format: DVD
Sylvester Stallone plays Ray Breslin, a published security consultant who provides pragmatic and technical advice and expertise on state of the art U.S. Government prison security systems. He's a Houdini style escapologist who can break out of any jail and the Government trusts him to provide guidance on how to remedy any Achilles Heel in a prison's security procedures and technology.
Ray gets instructed to test the impregnability of an untried high tech system at a new maximum security prison for extremely dangerous cons, a Guantanamo Bay type facility for America's deadliest criminals. He has to go undercover as one of the internees, in order to see if he can break out from the experimental jail, and he isn't allowed to know the location of the facility...
The new prison keeps the cons in solitary confinement in suspended bombproof glass cubes. Once inside, Ray discovers that he's been set up and is meant to be interned for the remainder of his life. He befriends a fellow prisoner, Emile Rottmayer, played by Arnold Schwarzenegger, and the two of them team up to try to figure out an escape plan...
This is an enjoyable, albeit somewhat workmanlike, action thriller. Vinnie Jones, typecast as always, plays a sadistic and thuggish prison guard, but Hollywood isn't going to allow him to best a star like Arnie or Stallone. Sam Neill, apparently slumming it from his usual type of movie, plays the prison doctor.
This isn't Stallone's most entertaining behind bars actioner, Tango And Cash has that covered, but the two lead actors have a good chemistry together and enough charisma and chutzpah to compensate for an uninspired script. The film lacks any jocularity and takes itself a bit too seriously, which is a shame, because it's the sort of flick which might have benefitted from some ribald gallows humour. Still, it's a solid and watchable 3.5 star movie.
Thank you very much for kindly taking the time to read this review.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By carlosnightman VINE VOICE on 3 Aug. 2015
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Was there any greater dream of the 80s action movie fan than seeing Arnie and Sly team up in the same movie? Aside from perhaps appearing in an Arnie or Sly movie yourself, the answer is no. While we had a few close calls in previous decades, with JCVD popping up in Last Action Hero, and various in jokes between Stallone and Schwarzenegger in a number of movies, it wasn’t until The Expendables that those dreams came true. Unfortunately, Arnie was still in politics at the time, and not free for a large role – the same can be said for the sequels. Finally, Escape Plan came along – a fully fledged tag-team between the two titans. While not exactly having a balance of buddy-cop movies of the 80s where two stars would have equal billing and screen time, this is a Stallone led vehicle with Arnie providing stellar support – is it worth the wait?

Well, it still would have been nice seeing the duo together at their peak. Here, the elder statesmen of neck-snapping quips play aged, experienced battlers who are thrown together in a novel twist on the Die Hard in a boat/house/plane/prison genre. The film centres on Ray Breslin (Stallone), a security consultant who, in convoluted Mission Impossible style, is hired by corporations to test the security of prisons – namely, how easy or difficult it is to escape from them. Going undercover as a prisoner, he works out an Escape Plan, and always succeeds. When the CIA offer Breslin a massive amount of money to test a new State of the Art prison, Breslin is suspicious but accepts – the twist being that none of his colleagues can know where he is going. A high concept idea to be sure, but one which leaves plenty of room for smart action and ridiculous solutions to absurd problems – good fun.
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