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Escape Plan (2013)



Average Rating: 5.3/10
Reviews Counted: 103
Fresh: 50 | Rotten: 53

As much fun as it is to see Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger team up onscreen, Escape Plan fails to offer much more than a pale imitation of 1980s popcorn thrills.


Average Rating: 5.5/10
Critic Reviews: 21
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 10

As much fun as it is to see Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger team up onscreen, Escape Plan fails to offer much more than a pale imitation of 1980s popcorn thrills.



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One of the world's foremost authorities on structural security agrees to take on one last job: breaking out of an ultra-secret, high-tech facility called "The Tomb." Deceived and wrongly imprisoned, Ray Breslin (Sylvester Stallone) must recruit fellow inmate Emil Rottmayer (Arnold Schwarzenegger) to help devise a daring, nearly impossible plan to escape from the most protected and fortified prison ever built. ESCAPE PLAN is the first pairing of action legends Sylvester Stallone and Arnold

Feb 4, 2014


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All Critics (103) | Top Critics (21) | Fresh (50) | Rotten (53) | DVD (1)

Hafstrom tries to pretend his stars are about 40 and, for the most part, it works.

October 21, 2013 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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Escape Plan is the newest vehicle for aging action stars Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger and, in this case, it's a lemon or possibly an Edsel.

October 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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Schwarzenegger misses no opportunity to be hilarious. How many actors can make you chuckle even when they're being waterboarded?

October 18, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
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As Hollywood vehicles for aging action stars go, it's at least serviceable. Of course it's ridiculous, but what else would you expect?

October 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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A mildly amusing, if ultimately pointless prison-break thriller from Mikael Håfström.

October 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer
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All in all, "Escape Plan" does what it sets out to do.

October 17, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Diverting but ultimately disappointing, considering how often the prison genre has produced movies of nail-biting tension or irresistible campiness.

January 24, 2014 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

To paraphrase Roger Murtaugh, they're not too old for this s**t.

November 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Flix Capacitor
Flix Capacitor

And so, as was inevitable, Stallone and Schwarznegger are together again and starring in their trademark (putatively) action flick

November 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Killer Movie Reviews
Killer Movie Reviews

This is all completely ridiculous and sensationally entertaining.

October 31, 2013 Full Review Source: Film School Rejects
Film School Rejects

...a disappointing yet sporadically engrossing throwback to the violent actioners of the '80s and '90s.

October 31, 2013 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

The most surprising thing about this movie, outside of its length, is just how unsurprising it really is, especially regarding its tired climax.

October 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

'Escape Plan' may finally unite Schwarzenegger and Stallone in co-starring roles, but it hardly seems like this is the story that makes the wait worthwhile.

October 24, 2013 Full Review Source: HitFix

Stallone and Schwarzenwegger deliver the action, drama and most importantly humor in this escapist entertainment

October 24, 2013 Full Review Source:

There are some surprises in this modestly budgeted action film, but not many. This is more about the fun of watching these two experienced action stars work these roles, and this plot, to perfection.

October 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

It's regrettable that a movie that had built quite a bit of credibility stoops to such a hackneyed ending. But that's not enough to ruin the evening. This is an entertaining couple of hours.

October 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Tolucan Times
Tolucan Times

This functional thumper generally gets the job done, plodding merrily, if unremarkably, through the generic set pieces, making a passable fist of well-worn material.

October 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

"One man was left to rot for three days" says Schwarzenegger of the brutal regime's treatment of a prisoner. The result, you think, would look something like Stallone.

October 20, 2013 Full Review Source: The Ooh Tray
The Ooh Tray

Neither Stallone nor Schwarzenegger act - or recognize - their ages. Their enjoyment, even in such a cheesy production, is contagious.

October 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

Stallone continues on the comeback trail ... a brawny action thriller that benefits from decent CG effects and shrewd supporting turns by Schwarzenegger and, as the sadistic warden, Jim Caviezel.

October 19, 2013 Full Review Source: CinemaDope

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.

October 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Movieline

Would that the rest of the film were as engaging as Schwarzenegger; instead, it's a routine programmer that's short on thrills but long on tedium.

October 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

In a glorious moment of unified defiance, Stallone and Schwarzenegger look directly at the camera and raise a middle finger at anyone assuming that time has run out on these two aging heavyweights.

October 19, 2013 Full Review Source: NOW Toronto
NOW Toronto

There's a way to make this movie in a way that guarantees its genre excellence. And the primary strategy there involves a time machine back to 1988.

October 18, 2013 Full Review Source: The Playlist
The Playlist

One of the most cockamamie premises in the history of movies.

October 18, 2013 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Escape Plan

The only lockdown escaped from herein is the obscurity given aging actors by the youth addicted society we inhabit. To that cause these crafty dinosaurs punch and grunt mightily to remind us of who they once were in the celebrity scheme of things, to curmudgeon-y effect, sorta like ol'grand-dad insisting he be allowed to try to open the stuck lid on a jar of mayo. You'll find yourself smiling despite yourself. They'll need to do better than this for a full return but you can't fault the effort made.
April 12, 2014

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An instant classic. I absolutely loved this movie, its about time Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone paired up in a film. It's a highly intelligent, wickedly original, terrifically suspenseful and spectacular edge of your seat thriller. It's a pure, high-octane thrill-machine that packs white-knuckle suspense, sensational action, great twist and a brilliant all-star cast into one high velocity movie. Director, Mikael Håfstrom crafts a swift, sharp and exciting piece of work that teams two of the greatest action legends ever, in a film that is so much more; for it has great character and story development, well-thought out and demonstrates great skill. The entire cast is great, there is not one role in this film that is a bad role, everyone has a great part. Stallone and Schwarzenegger are at the top of their game, they give gritty and terrific performances. Their chemistry shines in this film with humor, edge and of course bran. Its beyond great to see these two teaming up in a movie, not one that's strictly all blow'em up, but a intelligent movie that keeps you gripping your seat all the way through leading it's action-packed conclusion and another fun twist or two. Jim Caviezel is excellent. Vinnie Jones is viciously great as usual. Sam Neil is wonderful. Amy Adams and Curtis Jackson are great to watch. This movie is just a razor-sharp and utterly cool roller-coaster ride.
February 25, 2014

Super Reviewer

three stars
February 3, 2014
MisterYoda ?

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By now you know exactly what your going to get in a movie that stars Stallone and Schwarzenegger, set in a high tech prison. If not, then your oblivious and wouldn't check this out anyway. This movie is exactly what you would expect and want from these guys. One liners, lots of action, and a decent enough story. It's a throwback movie to the movies they made in the 80s, and it's still pretty darn good. I enjoy these type of movies for what they are and the charisma that the leads have. The supporting cast all do decent, but Jim Caviezel as the warden is pretty awesome. He should do more villain roles, because he is great at it! Want a good action flick? Then you cannot go wrong with this. It provides great entertainment for a couple of hours. If you want something that is gonna win Oscars or become a timeless classic? This probably isn't for you.
January 29, 2014
Everett Johnson

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    1. Rottmayer: Have a nice day...asshole.
    – Submitted by Peter B (5 months ago)
    1. Rottmayer: Have a nice day... asshole!
    – Submitted by Maher J (5 months ago)
    1. Breslin: Boom!
    – Submitted by Maher J (5 months ago)
    1. Rottmayer: You don't look that smart!
    2. Breslin: You don't either!
    – Submitted by Maher J (5 months ago)
    1. Emil Rottmayer: You hit like a vegetarian.
    – Submitted by Sean M (8 months ago)
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