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on 15 September 2016
Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone, the ultimate action team up, but why wait so long to put the two action legends on screen together? They could have been in Face Off together after all. But to be fair, having the two of them busting up the screen back then may have been too much as both were and still are massive icons. As much as I loveTravolta and Cage in Face Off I do think that it would have been a perfect project for Arnie and Sly.

However what we get if you don't count the little encounter Arnie and Sly have in the first Expendales film is a fairy decent 90's feel action romp, Escape Plan. The movie is a lot of fun to watch and I do really enjoy it bit it's just that it feels a bit late and a bit rushed. It's like the movie makers realised that they had waited far too long to team up The Terminator and Rambo and reached for the nearest script from the vault and quickly threw it together. Overall though it works and it's very watchable despite being utter nonsense and totally ridiculas.

Now, I do consider Stallone to be a better actor than Schwarzenegger which is pretty obvious when you think about it. All you need to do is look back at Rocky, First Blood, Cop Land, even parts of the fairly unknown D-Tox and now with the likes of Creed, Sly is entering a whole new chapter. Arnie on the other hand was quite limited but I do consider his acting in Predator, The Terminator and T2 to be A1. But he is now on a level with Sly with the recent excellence of Maggie. I love both of these actors and will give anything they do the time of day. Keep up the good work boys!

Taking into account that Escape Plan is predominantly a Stallone film with Arnold getting second billing it is Arnold who shines through here with Sly on auto pilot. Arnie is funny, still hard as nails and plays his part with a real sense of enjoyment. His acting is particularly good when he's trapped in solitary and starts to go mad, spouting off in fully spoken German rant. Arnie has all the best lines with "you hit like a vegetarian" and steals the action scenes, especially when he shoots a huge machine gun from a chopper and the camera pans around in slow motion on a close up of his eyes before he let's rip the bullets. It's a classic moment!

The baddie in Escape Planis played by the guy who was Jesus in Mel Gibson's Passion Of The Christ, Jim someone or another. Anyway who cares, he diabolical in this and has no sense of presence or poses any threat of danger being the warden of the prison. All he does is talk with no expression somehow making us think he is scary while brushing imaginary bits of dust off his jacket or checking his nails. And for some reason he collects dead butterflies? He is a crap actor playing a crap role that would have Hans Gruber turning in his grave. Truly awful.

But Vinnie Jones does a pretty good job at, well, being Vinnie Jones as one of the prison officers. They should have had him playing the main baddie.

To conclude, Escape Plan is far from perfect but if you like no brainer big budget action and the sight of Arine and Sly blowing s**t up then as Rocky says, "GO FOR IT".

I'm awarding the film a three star review based on the actual movie itself and not how much I enjoy it. That would be a four star all the way.
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on 24 August 2015
I have been a Sylvester Stallone fan for years. This movie paly to his strengths. He has the intense tough guy stare down cold, probably because of his age he does not have too many stunts to do, he just has to look the part bulky with vanes bulging in a tight clothes. Oh yeah Arnie is also in the movie as well. Like as I am Stallone fan I was more than happy to have the bulk of the movie dedicated to him and Arnie taking the second lead. The dynamic of the movie is Stallone is the brains and Schwarzenegger is the well-connected muscle.

Ray Breslin (Stallone) has made a career of escaping inescapable prisons. That is till he is sent to "test" a new prison where the world’s greatest criminals and terrorists are held without rights or trials. Run by a cold hearted warden Hobbes (played perfectly by Jim Caviezel), and a psychotic head guard Drake (Vinnie Jones). Now he has no idea where he is, who to trust and no help till he is "found" by Swan Rottmayer (Schwarzenegger). This is not the usual big explosion fest fan of these two are used to seeing but this more prison break style planning and improvising. All in all a very entertaining movie, I would not mind seeing again.
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on 27 January 2015
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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on 9 July 2017
Eventually these two action movie legends team up for a movie. Instead of the pair being enemies in this film, they were friends and both worked to escape prison, it was a great storyline. Great acting from Arnie and Sly. It was very interesting with a couple of twists in it as well, I would like to see them working together more, obviously they both starred in The Expendables series, but Arnie was hardly in that, and Sly was a main character, but good to see them both, although they are older, they are still as good as they were in their prime. Fantastic Movie.
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on 2 April 2017
Far too much violence and not enough finesse is a good description of this films playout, obviously the special import of Vinne Jones adds to this but it is not all his fault. I would have thought that the inclusion of the 2 major leads would have resulted in a more workmanlike execution of the escape plans plot.
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on 25 October 2014
Oh lord, fundamental flaw. won't spoil but...
Anyway, i could build a better max security prison in my shed using perspex and simply coating everything in durable polymers.
You ever tried ripping one of those courier envelopes?
There you go.
Everyone in paper. No, simply no guard-prisoner interaction.
all surfaces covered in those crazy indestructible plastics.
awful film.
Can't believe the Swarznegger/Stallone collective allowed this to be made.
I know they're getting on a bit, but?
2 stars because i felt generous.
D
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on 9 June 2017
Love this movie so well done have watched it many times and never bored with the plot one to watch for sure
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on 13 August 2017
Good film. I was enjoying this on broadcast TV but was interrupted so my enjoyment was incomplete. Saw it was available cheaply on DVD so bought it to watch it properly in in one sitting.
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on 24 March 2017
Excellent film seen on TV rather have film no bloody adverts to spoil it thanks again
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on 14 March 2017
Bought for Arnie but please both Arnie and Sly work together in this
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