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The Escapist Reviews

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November 17, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
January 3, 2011
Prison drama breaks all the rules - and wins.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
August 1, 2009
By keeping the focus on the humanity, Rupert Wyatt makes a strong debut as a writer/director here, and his film's got a great sense of low-budget style.
July 16, 2009
A fractured, stylish and tense affair built around a band of great performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
July 14, 2009
A combination of a superb score and amazing performances make this a genre defying prison break film.
May 8, 2009
An old-fashioned prison breakout yarn and a tight little package of sharp acting, cloying atmosphere and narrative misdirection.
Full Review | Original Score: B
April 10, 2009
It's swifter, grittier, and louder than the typical escape movie, but it still falls firmly within the tradition of underground breakouts. Its contrapuntal timelines are twisted into a surprisingly elegant first feature.
Full Review | Original Score: 70/100
April 6, 2009
The movie was written specifically for Brian Cox, and it's a great fit.
April 6, 2009
This is down and dirty and raw.
April 5, 2009
There's an intriguing twist to this puzzling escape-from-prison drama, as Brian Cox's convincing performance propels the flasbback/flashforward suspense.
Full Review| Original Score: 6/10
April 5, 2009
A rousing film packed with solid performances and relentless suspense that brilliantly reinvigorates the genre of prison escape thrillers.
Full Review | Original Score: 9.0/10
April 4, 2009
Cox is a master of understatement, of using his gloomy eyes, his lined face and the intensity of feeling in a simple gaze or gesture to suggest the full measure of a man.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 3, 2009
Shapes a standard prison-break drama into a metaphysical study of freedom and reparation.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
April 1, 2009
Director Rupert Wyatt and his co-writer Daniel Hardy have neatly trimmed the fat from this story -- there's almost no character, incident or visual cue that doesn't somehow enhance the plot or set up a surprise or key revelation later on.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
April 1, 2009
The prison escape movie -- a tired genre -- gets some fresh energy in The Escapist, a compelling, carefully written and totally gripping film from the U.K. that is acted with naturalism and conviction by a smashing cast.
April 1, 2009
Neither more nor less than a solid prison-break thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 1, 2009
A taut thriller that ends on a note of unexpected grace, the British prison drama The Escapist marks the impressive feature debut for director/co-writer Rupert Wyatt.
March 31, 2009
Taut, full of soul but with no sentimentality ... the tension is ingrained in the story and the performance by Brian Cox.
March 20, 2009
Director/co-writer Rupert Wyatt deconstructs the typical prison escape story form to dramatically successful effect with the help of a strong ensemble cast.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
October 18, 2008
Wyatt and his superb cast pull it together in the movie's boldly-imagined final act that justifies the movie's sometimes elusive form and turns it into something a cut above the rest.
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