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Escape Plan (2013)


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

Critics Consensus: 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: 5.4/10
Reviews Counted: 23
Fresh: 11
Rotten: 12

Critics Consensus: 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: 3.5/5
User Ratings: 56,531


Movie Info

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 … More

R (for violence and language throughout)
Action & Adventure , Mystery & Suspense , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By:
Jason Keller , Miles Chapman
In Theaters:
Feb 4, 2014
Box Office:
Summit Entertainment - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Escape Plan

All Critics (103) | Top Critics (23) | Fresh (50) | Rotten (53) | DVD (1)

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

Full Review… | October 21, 2013
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 18, 2013
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Try not to think too hard about it, and Escape Plan is stupid, stupid fun.

Full Review… | October 18, 2013
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

Schwarzenegger misses no opportunity to be hilarious. How many actors can make you chuckle even when they're being waterboarded?

Full Review… | October 18, 2013
New York Post
Top Critic

As Hollywood vehicles for aging action stars go, it's at least serviceable. Of course it's ridiculous, but what else would you expect?

Full Review… | October 18, 2013
Detroit News
Top Critic

A mildly amusing, if ultimately pointless prison-break thriller from Mikael Håfström.

Full Review… | October 18, 2013
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Diverting but ultimately disappointing, considering how often the prison genre has produced movies of nail-biting tension or irresistible campiness.

Full Review… | January 24, 2014
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

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

Full Review… | November 20, 2013
Flix Capacitor

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

Full Review… | November 3, 2013
Killer Movie Reviews

This is all completely ridiculous and sensationally entertaining.

Full Review… | October 31, 2013
Film School Rejects

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

Full Review… | October 31, 2013
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.

Full Review… | October 25, 2013
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.

Full Review… | October 24, 2013

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

Full Review… | October 24, 2013

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.

Full Review… | October 22, 2013
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.

Full Review… | October 21, 2013
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.

Full Review… | October 21, 2013
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.

Full Review… | October 20, 2013
The Ooh Tray

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

Full Review… | October 19, 2013
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.

Full Review… | October 19, 2013

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.

Full Review… | October 19, 2013

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.

Full Review… | October 19, 2013
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.

Full Review… | October 19, 2013
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.

Full Review… | October 18, 2013
The Playlist

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

Full Review… | October 18, 2013

Audience Reviews for Escape Plan

The Tomb becomes a place of interest in Mikael Hafstrom's Escape Plan.Spending most of its 110 minute run time in a prison, the film takes advantage of an intriguing story to keep the momentum going. The game of cat and mouse that takes place for most of the film, but unfortunately not all, is what makes Escape Plan as good as it is. It is the final act where, despite a solid plot twist, things turn into a run of the mill action piece.When it comes to the violence and action, there isn't a much to be cringe-worthy about. Sure, bullets do fly; however, the strong language contributes just as much to the R-rating.It's hard to be disappointed with Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger heading the picture; and there isn't much to be disappointed about because they deliver as expected. Both are locked up by a warden to despise, played by Jim Caviezel. Sam Neill should be disappointed with the character he is given.Escape Plan starts off with its own identity. It just doesn't finish with one.

JY Skacto

Super Reviewer


2 3/4's--Putting Sly, and Arnold, together in a film is ALWAYS a good idea, in my book. However, not in this film. It was way too long, and loses steam in the second half. The dialogue was almost laughable. Plus, it didn't help when Arnold just went commando towards the end. Shame, as this could have been really good had they put a little more effort into it.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


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.

Apeneck Fletcher

Super Reviewer

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.

Al S

Super Reviewer

Escape Plan Quotes

Have a nice day...asshole.
– Submitted by Peter B (11 months ago)
Have a nice day... asshole!
– Submitted by Maher J (11 months ago)
– Submitted by Maher J (11 months ago)
You don't look that smart!
You don't either!
– Submitted by Maher J (11 months ago)
Emil Rottmayer:
You hit like a vegetarian.
– Submitted by Sean M (14 months ago)

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