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HARSH PRISON DRAMA.............................,
This review is from: The Escapist  [DVD] (DVD)An outstanding British cast, led by Brian Cox, shine in a savage film set in a crumbling prison. An escape is planned necessitated by Brian Cox's need to visit his daughter who has twice overdosed on heroin. Throughout the film, Cox indulges in visualising the escape and the things which can go wrong. I will not elaborate on the plot and spoil it for the viewer.
The sets and costume are simple yet effective; the atmosphere is one of despair endorsed by the clanking of the doors, the claxons, alarms, dripping walls and chanting of the prisoners. It put me in mind of "In Hell" - J.C.V.D. - as the warders turn a blind eye to the various illicit activities which occur.
Overall, this is an excellent film which did not remind me in the least of "Shawshank" and is a twist on the normal.
The acting is realistic from an all male cast and the inevitable transvestite.
Well worth a viewing.