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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Old school action
It’s been amazing that these two – Sly and Arnie – have never got together on screen before (excluding the cameos in The Expendables movies), as they do work rather well together.

It focuses on the two men’s attempts to escape a futuristic prison which has been custom- built to prevent escapes. Guess what… it’s about to be...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Old School
Stallone and Schwarzenegger seem determined to bring old school 80's style action flicks back to the masses. Escape Plan is another fun but by the numbers entry in this recent series (see also - The Expendables, Bullet to the Head, the Last Stand etc).

Sly plays Ray Breslin, an expert at breaking out of prisons - it's his profession and he's quite literally...
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Old school action, 18 Mar 2014
This review is from: Escape Plan (DVD)
It’s been amazing that these two – Sly and Arnie – have never got together on screen before (excluding the cameos in The Expendables movies), as they do work rather well together.

It focuses on the two men’s attempts to escape a futuristic prison which has been custom- built to prevent escapes. Guess what… it’s about to be put to its limits. So, baring in mind that the story takes place in a prison, there’s plenty of faceless thugs for our two action heroes to pound, plus a villainous warden and his henchman Vinnie Jones to sort out along the way.

This is Sly’s movie, so he does get more screen time and people to punch than Arnie, so Arnie fans may feel just a little short-changed. However, seeing as the two actors have known each other for many years, there’s a natural rapport between them which shines out. Arnie’s acting (yes, acting!) seems to have suffered since being in politics, seeming a bit stilted in The Last Stand and The Expendables, but he seems to be regaining his old late eighties/early nineties charm.

If you like either or both the aging escape-artists, you should enjoy this film, even if it’s just to watch them on screen (properly) for the first time. There’s your typical amount of action and mayhem as they figure out how to break out. My only gripe was that it was a little longer than I expected, clocking in at nearly two hours. Shave about 10-15 minutes off the runtime and you’d have a much tighter movie.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stallone and Schwarzenegger - a great duo, 21 Jan 2014
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Valerie J. (West Yorks, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Escape Plan [DVD] (DVD)
Ray Breslin (Sylvester Stallone) has an unusual job; he tests the security of prisons by getting himself put inside in order to break out. No one inside the prisons knows who he is - the man who wrote the book about prison security - except for his partner, Lester Clark (Vincent D'Onofrio) and colleagues Abigail (Amy Ryan) and Hush (Curtis '50 Cent' Jackson). When a particular job comes his way, to test a secret, privately funded prison for prisoners that no country wants on its books, Breslin agrees to do it. But it's a set up. Breslin, beaten and drugged, finds himself in a glass and steel cell and relies on the help of fellow prisoner, Emil Rottmayer (Arnold Schwarzenegger) to devise an escape plan. Ruthless egomaniac, Warden Hobbes (Jim Caviezel) makes it his number one task to make sure neither of them get away.

Escape Plan (2013) is similar to a number of prison escape movies, with the usual cruel warden, sadistic guards, prisoners abused mentally and physically, the usual antagonisms between groups of prisoners, and violent outbreaks. This has a great cast with Vinnie Jones playing the usual nutcase/hardcase, Sam Neill as the prison doctor, and Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger teaming up. It's certainly entertaining viewing and something I will definitely, and happily, watch again if not just for the sheer joy of watching Stallone and Schwarzenegger interact on screen. Of course, there were silly bits. I mean, if someone is dangling from a helicopter ladder and being shot at, wouldn't the pilot just carefully fly the helicopter that bit further away, at least out of gunshot range? But that's Hollywood.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Cheesy Film, 18 May 2014
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If you love a cheesy action film then this is the one for you.

I've seen it twice and I thought it would be too manly for me but I loved it and I usually prefer a chick flick to an action film. Great present for a Dad.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected but Great, 26 April 2014
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This is a movie with a twist and turn with a pleasant surprise to all that watch it. The action and concepts are fantastic with the fast pace of ideas that create this a marvellous movie that it is worth adding to the collection. The cast played it to a tee making you feel uncomfortable in the jail detention with them, while plotting the ideas of escaping and looking for the bright outdoors once they do escape. The prisoners are waiting to see it happen, very slim chance they will succeed and what is waiting for them after they do escape is another thing, Well it's there only hope so they must try anyway. Very different must see and saying to much will only spoil it. So no more clues now its time to go and collect your munchies for a fabulous night of entertainment that will rock you, now put your feet up and relax, well try to anyway, Plenty of action and suspense so I rated this an A grade plus for an unusual show to keep the entertainment flowing and not boring. Enjoy!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stallone and Schwarzenwegger deliver the action, drama and most importantly humor in this escapist entertainment, 18 Mar 2014
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Finally, a Stallone / Schwarzenegger film that isn't completely beneath them.On the plus side, Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger are canny survivors who know a thing or two about commanding a screen. They make Escape Plan a guilty pleasure for much of its running time.Fans of '80s and '90s action films should revel in its awesome nostalgia.Stallone's third-wind career isn't damaged while Schwarzenegger's comeback is certainly helped, playing burly second banana to a cagey ape, the George Kennedy for Cool Hand Sly.Far more rib-stickingly satisfying than either Expendables or The Last Stand.There are some surprises in this modestly budgeted action film. This is more about the fun of watching these two experienced action stars work these roles, and this plot, to perfection. I was shocked but this Sly/Arnold combo package flick is far more entertaining as an action film than you might expect. Thanks to a clever twist, it's actually a lot of fun. A throwback to the violent actioners of the '80s and '90s.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sly and Arnie team up, 20 Nov 2013
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Mr. R. W. Graham (Lincoln, U.K.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Escape Plan [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Sylvester Stallone plays a security expert who breaks out of prisons for a living testing their security systems and gets approached to break out of a high tech top secret security prison that holds the worst criminals in America to test its security. While there he soon realizes that it's a set up and has to break out of the prison for real teaming up with another wrongly convicted prisoner played by Arnold Schwarzennegger. It's a fammiliar story and while both Stallone and Schwarzenneggar have done better much of the fun of this action film is seeing the 2 of them work together and they prove to be a good double act which was previously hinted at in the Expendables films. Jim Caviezel from tv series Person Of Interest, Vinnie Jones and Vincent D'Onoforio from tv series Law and Order Criminal Intent provide good support and while fun the film isn't anything you haven't seen before.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Arnie and Sly in a preposterous but highly entertaining action movie, 11 July 2014
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Marshall Lord (Whitehaven, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Escape Plan [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
"Escape Plan" is an amusing, exciting modern fantasy about an escape from the most impregnable prison ever constructed, starring the two great rival all-action stars Arnold Schwartzenegger and Silvester "Sly" Stallone.

If you stop to think about whether any of it actually makes sense you will be in trouble, but the action and plot carries you along so convincingly that it's quite easy to suspend disbelief. Both the main stars have sometimes been accused of wooden performances, partly because both have an impassive style, but I felt that each of them showed in this film that they have become better actors over time, and both were superb in this. No film pleases everyone but I think this was one of the best performances each of the main leads has ever given, and most people who liked the films either has made before will like this.

Several of the supporting stars, particularly Sam Neill as the prison doctor, Jim Caviezel as the sinister warden, Hobbes, and Vinnie Jones as a hard man guard, also gave strong performances.

Sly Stallone plays Ray Breslin, an expert on discovering and fixing flaws in maximum security prisons. After demonstrating the weaknesses in yet another state penitentiary, he is approached by the CIA who want him to check if there are any flaws in the place they keep their most dangerous prisoners. I don't want to say too much more about the plot to avoid spoilers, but Breslin and a character called Rottmayer played by Arnold Schwartzenegger have to team up to escape from the most secure prison ever created ...

Lots of suspense, lots of plot twists some of which most viewers will seecoming a mile off and some which most people won't. Plenty of gallows humour and a few characters face moral dilemmas. Although there is a lot of action and some aspects of the plot don't make much sense, this is a more intelligent film than is common for the genre as Sly and Arnie have to use their wits as well as muscles to defeat the undefeatable barriers put in their way.

OK, obviously it's not "Citizen Kane" nor does it try to be, but this film is entertaining and exciting nonsense rather than just nonsense. If you like action films and generally enjoyed Arnie and Sly's previous output you will probably enjoy this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "You Hit Like A Vegetarian!", 18 Jun 2014
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Mr. C. Gelderd "aka GelNerd" (Basingstoke, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Escape Plan [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
From the outset, this already had huge expectations as it was the first film to star the world’s greatest action stars Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger together as leads, rather than flitting cameo roles. Naturally, the film was written as an action thriller, and not a bombastic, explosive pastiche to the glory days of the 1980s blockbusters that made the stars famous for splitting heads, cracking necks and using awesome firepower. Those days are gone, but our leads are obviously still able to do this and more in their 60s, if just under a different style.

The story is a very simple one; a prison break. Not too different from anything else we’ve seen before in the 80s or 90s, but one is able to introduce an different style of prison to one we’ve seen, some clever plot points, engaging characters and some entertaining action. It’s not a genre changer, nor is it a balls-to-the-wall action film as you may want, so leave your fan boy wet-dream expectation at the door and you will enjoy this far more for what it is meant to be; entertaining and good fun.

Stallone and Schwarzenegger both look brilliant. They look older, naturally, but they look good older. They still have a dominating screen presence and it’s wonderful to see them come together to share screen time as leads who work together in the attempt to escape the prison they are in. Rather than throw in as many one-liners as they can to each other and dozens of shoot-outs and fights, their progression is steady catering for their character style and age; they use their brains more than their brawn, but when they have to fight, they do with great gusto which makes it feel more natural, rather than a cheesy homage to the golden era of action films.

Jim Caviezel is a slimy and wonderfully slick villain who just comes across as someone you can’t wait to meet their sticky end thanks to his un-nerving nasty streak shown to prisoners. And the thing is, he doesn't play a conventional villain, but rather just a man who is doing the job he has been given to the best of his ability. He's not out for an evil gain, but he's just fuelled by a sliver of greed and power than can make a normal man abuse his position, which Caviezel does here very well. Even Vinnie Jones, who plays his typical London bad-boy routine, doesn’t outstay his welcome as the typical prison film sadistic guard we all need in these sort of films. And in another surprise casting choice, Curtis Jackson even has a fair role as Hush, supporting Breslin in the outside world and isn’t bad at all when sharing the screen with him.

The formulaic plot gives us lots of insight into Breslin and Rottmeyer’s plan to escape, letting us share their thoughts, discoveries and sneaky tactics in putting their plan into gear. It’s simple enough to follow and enjoyable to watch unfold before our eyes thanks to the spark that both stars have with each other and for fans of their films and action in general, having them together really fills you with that giddy sense of joy. It’s not too clever or serious, which is always good so not to lose the entertainment value and become something stagnant.

I didn’t go into this expecting a film featuring John Rambo and John Matrix, but rather two older stars who have proven they are still capable of entertaining audiences. And I was entertained by an enjoyable story, some great actors alongside them and some great minimalistic action during the build up to a finale confrontation that allows them to enjoy themselves for a few minutes and give audiences the moments they’ve wanted to see; Stallone taking down the bad guys with a gun hanging from a helicopter ladder, and Schwarzenegger mowing down the baddies in glorious slow-motion with a high calibre machine gun. THAT is the pay off we are given for staying with them as they think their way through the film, and thanks to the context of the film, their final action sequence works and doesn’t appear shoe-horned in.

If anything, it’s just made me want more of this sort of film from them together, as it was more enjoyable than expected and shows they don’t need to wield guns for 90minutes to show why they are the greatest action heroes we’ve ever had, and probably will have, in modern cinema.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good, 21 May 2014
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It is very interesting movie... A nice action movie. .. If you like this kind of films you need to watch it..
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good, 16 May 2014
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Good film action very good
Would watch it again
Have recommended it to friends and family
Good good good good
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