Its built on a very simple concept. Michael Scofield gets himself arrested and thrown into Fox River prison. Its a deliberate ploy, for not only was he involved in the prisons structural design, but his brother also happens to be on death row, for a crime that he believes he didnt commit. In short, the idea is to break in so that he can break them both out.
From this simple premise, Prison Break then builds. With game nods of the hat to the staple prison movie clichés youd expect, it nonetheless pulls a few trump cards. Firstly, it takes time to built up interesting characters. Next, it wisely keeps a parallel storyline running outside the prison walls. And thirdly, its casting is quite superb.
Its final ace is the intricately plotted escape plan itself, and the numerous twists and turns along the way. This initial boxset gets you just past the halfway point of the first season, and at times its likely to leave you flat-out breathless. At worst, youre likely to be relentlessly entertained, and pulling out that credit card to order the concluding boxset. For Prison Break is that rare thing--a show that accepts its riddled with clichés, but is clever enough to work that to its advantage. Gripping viewing.--Simon Brew
Prison Break's basic starting point is this: Lincoln Burrows has been sentenced to death for a crime he didn't commit. His younger brother Micheal commits armed robbery to get himself thrown into the same jail as Lincoln, in order to break him out. He actually has a decent chance of doing this, seeing as he is a structural engineer who designed the prison, and he has tattooed the blueprints onto his body. Micheal is also a certified genius. Gradually he builds up a group of helpers from his fellow inmates, some who he chooses, and some who force themselves into the group. Meanwhile on the outside, Lincoln's ex-girlfriend struggles to prove that he was accused as part of a government cover-up, while the Secret Service attempts to quieten her for good.
There are loads of good points to this show. The most obvious one is the gorgeous, charismatic Wentworth Miller who plays Micheal - you warm to him instantly and he has one of those brilliantly intense stares that increases the drama of any situation. Also, as Micheal is supposed to be a genius, much of the show involves very clever plots which usually result in Micheal succeeding to progress in his escape plans and get one over on the prison guards, which is very cool. The potential romance between Micheal and the cute prison doctor is also a plus point, as they have great chemistry. The back-stories of some of the prison inmates are really interesting too.
There are, however, some parts of the show which I didn't like.Read more ›